It’s always fascinated me that growing up in the American public school system, we are taught about Martin Luther King Jr. and the Holocaust and other topics of note regarding the history of the early and mid 20th century. Yet there is so much that is NOT taught regarding the topics of Martin Luther King Jr. and the genocides in general. Is this deliberate? Or simply incompetence on the part of the public school system?
Martin Luther King Jr’s Intellectual Dishonesty and Fraud
For example, it is a fact that Martin Luther King Jr. was a serial plagiarist, plagiarizing just about everything he wrote. His rampant intellectual dishonesty is never taught in public school systems. This is not a rumor or a speculation, it is fact. For example, Martin Luther King Jr’s dissertation at Boston University that earned him his PHD was over 50% plagiarized. (this was confirmed by an official investigation by Boston University, which refused to remove Dr. King’s PHD despite him cheating like crazy to obtain it) It was entitled “A Comparison of the Conceptions of God in the Thinking of Paul Tillich and Harry Nelson Wieman,” and was heavily plagiarized from the PhD dissertation of a (unfortunately named) Dr. Jack Boozer , “The Place of Reason in Paul Tillich’s Concept of God.”
Boston University’s decision to NOT revoke the doctorate of someone who plagiarized over 50% of his dissertation is a slap in the face to all those who actually worked hard to earn their doctorate. What does that say to the nation’s black youths for example? How can Martin Luther King Jr. be placed on a pedestal of achievement when his entire career was marked by rampant, blatant, and unapologetic intellectual dishonesty? From his earliest works onward Dr. King hardly spoke a word of his own originality, but borrowed and took credit for the legitimate works of other authors.
Even his “I Have a Dream Speech” was plagiarized from a speech given in 1952 to the Republican National convention by a black preacher named Archibald Carey. Archibald’s intellectual originality and genius was stolen by Martin Luther King Jr., who then took all the credit. And to this day school children are still taught that this was a honest, intelligent man, when he was in fact a fraud. Sure he stood up for civil rights, but he was a intellectual fraud. Unable to achieve anything by his own merit, he unabashedly stole the works of other people, did so his entire life, and despite the irrefutable proof of this we still venerate him and give him a national holiday.
This reminds me of the recent case of Kaavya Viswanathan, a teenage marvel who was accepted early into Harvard for her novel “How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life”. She was exposed as a fraud when it was revealed she heavily plagiarized her book. As a result Dreamwork pictures canned plans to make a movie out of her book, and her publisher kicked her out. She was originally signed to a book deal for $500,000. Yeah her writing was THAT good! it was THAT good because she stole it from talented people. She was disgraced. Why isn’t Martin Luther King Jr. being disgraced? Why does he get to keep his doctorate?
Intellectual frauds should always be exposed, ESPECIALLY if they are in a high position. It’s infuriating, and disgusting to me that Martin Luther King’s doctorate is not revoked by Boston University. This type of fraud should NEVER be tolerated. It cheapens every person who worked hard to get their degree.
(By the way, Viswanathan has refused to admit her rampant plagiarism and maintains that it was unintentional. A casual research of the passages in her novel compared to where it was stolen pretty much refute this.)
The Holodomor: The holocaust that is never taught in school
The Holodomor was a genocide carried out by the Soviet Union against ethnic Ukrainians from 1932-1933. During that period, an estimated 10 Million Ukrainians were slaughtered. TEN MILLION. Why aren’t we taught about this in school? It was of course, covered up by the Soviet Union who never admitted to the crime and denied it ever occurred. After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1990 it became clear it actually did occur, and the full extent of it was made known to the world. There is no excuse to ignore it any longer.
Ukrainians were dying at the rate of about 25,000 a day. Basically, the Soviet Union stopped giving food to the region of the Ukraine, starving them all to death while forcing them to work. The same as the German concentration camps. Yet all we hear and are taught about is the Jewish Holocaust. We can not ignore the premeditated slaughter of 10 million people.
In summation: The Public school system is hopelessly broken. Students are indoctrinated in official versions of history, instead of taught the truth. What you learn in school is worthless. In order to be informed, we must research independently, we must doubt everything that we are told and verify it ourselves. For example, doesn’t it bother anyone that just about all the news in newspapers is from the Associated Press or Reuters?
Whatever happened to news organizations actually sending their OWN reporters to the field, and publishing stories in their paper based on this? Currently, most papers are simply photocopies of each other, each reporting whatever the AP tells them to report on. There are precious few 100% independent newspapers left. Christian Science Monitor is one of my favorites.
Anyway, that’s the end of my rant.