Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Paraphrase

  • Aired:  09/07/11
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Controversy develops around the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and not just because the sculptor mistakenly made him white. (3:25)

I HOPE... I HOPE THAT WAS

FROSTING.

[LAUGHTER]

NATION, THERE IS NOTHING... CALM

DOWN.

NATION, THERE IS NOTHING I LOVE

MORE THAN A GOOD MONOMENT.

FROM MT. RUSHMORE TO THE SPACE

NEEDLE TO EGYPT'S STIRRING

TRIBUTE TO THE LUXOR HOTEL &

CASINO IN VEGAS, OR RECENTLY A

IMPORTANT NEW MEMORIAL WAS

UNVEILED ON THE NATIONAL MALL

HONORING THE REVEREND SIR

DR. MILK , JR.

HE'S NOT ONLY BEEN TO THE

MOUNTAINTOP, HE'S BEEN GLUED TO

IT.

AND I AM AN, PERT ON ALL THINGS

MLK BECAUSE I WAS AT HIS "I HAVE

A DREAM" SPEECH INSIDE MY

PREGNANT MOTHER WHO ATTENDED.

I HAVE THIS PENNANT, OKAY, FROM

THE DAY TO PROVE IT.

I COULD NOT BE JUDGED BY THE

COLOR OF MY SKIN BECAUSE AT THE

TIME I WAS TECHNICALLY

TRANSLEWIS NT.

BUT FOLKS, I WAS CONAN O'BRIEN

COLOR.

[LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE]

AS WE KNOW... SEE YOU AT THE

EMMYS, RED.

BUT THERE IS SOME CONTROVERSY

AROUND THIS MEMORIAL, FOLKS, AND

NOT JUST BECAUSE THE SCULPTURE

MISTAKENLY MADE HIM WHITE.

NO.

IT IS OVER A QUOTATION FROM

DR. KING INSCIEBED ON THE

MEMORIAL.

LET'S HEAR IT FROM THE MAN

ITSELF.

>> YES, IF YOU WANT TO SAY THAT

I WAS A DRUM MAJOR, SAY THAT I

WAS A DRUM MAJOR FOR JUSTICE.

SAY THAT I WAS A DRUM MAJOR FOR

PEACE.

I WAS A DRUM MAJOR FOR

RIGHTEOUSNESS.

>> Stephen: STIRRING.

HUMBLE.

AND IF WE'RE BEING BRUTALLY

HONEST, A LITTLE WORDY.

WHICH IS WHY ON THE MONOMENT THE

QUOTE WAS PARAPHRASED SO THAT IT

WOULD FIT ON THE NORTH SIDE OF

THE STATUE.

IT NOW READS, "I WAS A DRUM

MAJOR FOR JUSTICE, PEACE AND

RIGHTEOUSNESS."

BOOM.

SHORT, PITHY, TO THE POINT, NOT

DR. KING'S POINT, BUT STILL.

YOU NOW WHAT THEY SAY, BREVITY

IS THE SOUL OF SAVING MONEY ON

CHISELING FEES.

BUT SOME PEOPLE OUT THERE DON'T

APPRECIATE DR. KING GETTING THE

READER'S DIGEST TREATMENT.

CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST AND

WALKING GRAVITAS GEYSER MAYA

ANGELOU SPOKE OUT AGAINST THE

REWARDING SAYING, "THE QUOTE

MAKES DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING

LOOK LIKE AN ARROGANT TWIT.

HE WAS ANYTHING BUT THAT.

HE WAS FAR TOO PROFOUND A MAN

FOR THAT FOUR-LETTER WORD TO

APPLY."

OR AS SHE'LL ONE DAY BE

PARAPHRASED, DR. MARTIN LUTHER

KING, AN AR GANTD TWIT, HE WAS A

FOUR-LETTER WORD.

SO EVERYBODY, EVERYBODY PLEASE

JUST CALM DOWN.

THIS IS A MEMORIAL.

IT'S ABOUT HOW WE REMEMBER

DR. KING, NO MATTER WHAT HE MAY

HAVE ACTUALLY SAID.

I KNOW MY PERSONAL FAVORITE

DR. KING QUOTE HAS ALWAYS BEEN,

"WHO YOU GOING TO CALL,

GHOSTBUSTERS."

IF ANYTHING, IF ANYTHING, FOLKS,

MEMORIAL ARCHITECT ED JACKSON

STILL LEFT THE QUOTE A LITTLE

TOO LONG.

I SAY TRIM THE FAT DOWN TO, "I

WAS A DRUM MAJOR."

YOU CAN EVEN ADD ONE OF THOSE

FANCY HATS.

HEY, HEY, HE DID LEAD A MARCH.

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