The Holodomor and Martin Luther King Jr plagiarism: why didn’t we learn this in school?

31 Jul

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

Holodomor

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.

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28 Responses to “The Holodomor and Martin Luther King Jr plagiarism: why didn’t we learn this in school?”

  1. Anonymous July 31, 2006 at 1:56 pm #

    Bleh. I suppose the african american population would take it as a personal and unecessary attack even though it is the truth. (“Why bring things up after all is said and done? The technicalities don’t matter, what matters is what he stands for”)
    And ofcourse, in the face of his martyrdom, the truth counts for nothing.
    I don’t understand why people would keep this quiet to protect black sentiments. What is stopping people who learn the truth from being disillusioned and upholding the righteousness that their idol stands for in the first place, eh? I understand that humans are creatures of habit and don’t like disturbances in their deepest beliefs, but are how can emotions and loyalties make people allow frauds to continue and make frauds of themself? Bleh, again.
    OTOH, kaavya, immigrant. All ripe for a juicy scandal. I bet the tabloids made more money than what her entire movie deal was worth. Good for em.
    -D

  2. shazad July 31, 2006 at 3:00 pm #

    plagiarism itself is a sham, perpetraited by the eurocentric derangement that is intellectual (and other) property…

  3. son_of_ottie July 31, 2006 at 3:07 pm #

    While all you say is true I’m not sure it matters. It should certainly be noted. And now we need to stop the bad things happening TODAY. Because pretty soon this planet will be empty of human lfe making the holodomor quite moot.

    • bboyneko July 31, 2006 at 3:34 pm #

      History ALWAYS matters. To ignore history is to immerse yourself in ignorance. The study of history is crucially important.

  4. son_of_ottie July 31, 2006 at 6:12 pm #

    True! History is important. And plagiarism is bad. But MLK, jr changed the world for the better. I can forgive him. Every single thing is not equal in importance.
    It doesn’t compare to lies about WMDs.

    • bboyneko July 31, 2006 at 7:06 pm #

      The message you send is it’s a-OK to cheat and lie your way to the top. That honesty dosen’t matter at all.
      MLK got to where he was because of fraud and deceit. People were impressed with his PHD and his speeches, but they were all stolen.
      He was a phoney, a fraud and a womanizer.

      • son_of_ottie July 31, 2006 at 7:55 pm #

        I don’t wanna start a whole big thing here. I’m not saying anything bad is good. That isn’t what I’m saying.
        What I AM saying is that the point is moot in a practical sense. He’s dead. He can’t be punished. I suppose his memory could be tarnished if you like. But there’s no good to come from that.
        In the same sense I guess one could make an argument for giving Hitler an art show.
        Anything can be made into an argument but some things just don’t warrant the bother.
        What does one hope will be the outcome of this plagiarism knowledge?
        All I’m sayin’ after all the things we know is, “What difference does it make now?”
        If this is an academic exercise that’s one thing. There’s nothing the matter with being pedantic. But I can’t think of any real-world impact this has. Other than to go, “Humph. He was a prick, wasn’t he?” and then go drive down the avenue that bears his name and enjoy the parades dedicated to him by all the people he helped. Um, which is everyone basically.
        But again, I’d LOVE to hear some people talk about impeaching that horrible constitution-breaker currently alive, in office and in action.

      • bboyneko July 31, 2006 at 7:59 pm #

        Point is, if you hold a doctorate and you are found to have obtained it by fraud. it is stripped from you. No exceptions.
        “dr” King should have his doctorate stripped. He defrauded it from Boston University.
        And you just invoked Goodwin’s law in less than 3 posts

      • son_of_ottie August 1, 2006 at 1:02 pm #

        Baloney. We’re just arguing two differing subjects. I never said he shouldn’t lose his doctorate. I said it didn’t make him an historical bad-guy.
        And “You said the “H” woooord! I WIIIIN!!” is juvenile.

      • bboyneko August 1, 2006 at 2:13 pm #

        no, resorting to Hitler to attempt to win an argument is juvenile. Goodwins law proves that it is the last resort of a psuedo-intellectual who is backed into a corner.
        And anyway, in your example of Hitlers waterpainting (something good he did), it’s overshadowed by the bad he did (kill lots of Jews and Gypsies).
        I say that MLK’s large-scale fraud, his dishonesty and rampany intellectual theft overshadows the good he did. The time was rife for a civilrights movement. Martin King was not the only one doing so, and if he had not gone up on a podium and delivered speeches he ripped off from other people without credit, someone else would have.
        And they probably would have written their own speech. To lie and cheat your way to a doctorate is a disgrace.

      • son_of_ottie August 1, 2006 at 3:11 pm #

        Lie and cheat vs freeing the hearts and minds of generations of American blacks.
        It is you who are wrong. You couldn’t be more wrong.
        And just because someone says something you can use to make most people shut-up doesn’t give it gravitas. I am not interested nor swayed by the random rule-making of an academic.
        This is not his class room.

      • bboyneko August 1, 2006 at 3:15 pm #

        yes freeing the minds of black by showing the only way to get ahead is be a dishonest fraud who rips off other peoples ideas and takes credit for them. Teaching them plagerizing for a DOCTORATE is ok.
        That intellectual theft is A-OK.

      • son_of_ottie August 1, 2006 at 3:28 pm #

        Goodwins law proves that it is the last resort of a psuedo-intellectual who is backed into a corner.
        You show me the scientific PROOF of that. My God, you must be really angry! You are stepping all over yourself to be right and making ridiculous statements in the process.

      • son_of_ottie August 1, 2006 at 5:38 pm #

        From a brainy LJer:
        Godwin never said anything about someone winning or losing an argument.
        He merely observed that any Usenet discussion will either fizzle out entirely, or continue until such point as some participant raised a comparison to Hitler or the Nazis.
        The corollary, which was developed some time later, posited that anyone who brings up Hitler and the Nazis where it’s not germane or appropriate to do so has lost the argument.
        Now, unfortunately, people have taken this to mean that someone loses an argument the minute they mention Hitler or the Nazis. In order to be a true Godwinning, you need to bring up Hitler or the Nazis when it’s not necessary. Otherwise, this would preclude a lot of discussion of 20th Century military history.
        Example Godwinning:
        Person A: I think people should open their hard-boiled eggs little end first.
        Person B: Just like Hitler did, you Nazi!

  5. asharak July 31, 2006 at 7:08 pm #

    I’ve always had more respect for Malcolm X anyway as far as civil rights icons go. He may have been more confrontational than King, but at least he was honest.
    And it’s no surprise that the Ukrainian genocide doesn’t get talked about much today. Neither does the Armenian genocide.

  6. Anonymous August 1, 2006 at 10:35 pm #

    Truth alone will endure; all the rest will be swept away before the tide of time.
    – Gandhi

  7. Anonymous August 4, 2006 at 3:42 pm #

    personally
    Doctor King’s exact words weren’t what made him a great man. Many men in history have had words and ideas superior to Dr. Kings.
    What made him great was that he changed the world, that he marched in the South, was thrown in jail, used nonviolence to show the plight of blacks in the south on TV to northerners.
    Non-violent protest as a political tactic wasn’t created by Doctor King. Does that mean he stole the strategy or “plagiarized” it and deserves no credit.
    As an academic myself, I can say that the concept of intellectual property and plagiarism is questionable, especially if you believe, especially in the realm of politics/religion/philosophy that there is nothing new under the sun. Anytime you tell any joke, come up with any new abstract idea, its highly likely that someone has already had it anyway. Doesn’t make your thought any less valid, and I’m not sure you should have any sort of responsibility to report where you may or may not have gotten an idea.
    Its one thing if you’re talking students writing papers for grades, or journalist writing articles for a paper. But a civil rights leader changing the way a nation thinks about a people, i.e. african americans? Thinking about plagiarism, a weak concept in itself IMO, is a weak way to attack a great man’s work.

    • bboyneko August 4, 2006 at 11:06 pm #

      Re: personally
      Try telling that to any university after they disover you plagerized your doctorate. You are making excuses for his blatant dishonesty and deception. He was a fraud.

      • Anonymous August 4, 2006 at 11:48 pm #

        Re: personally
        He was a fraud? Tell that to blacks in the south. Only someone who’s speaking from a protected, established position could make such a conjecture.
        This is the problem with academia as it exists today.
        Instead of promoting civic action, political involvement, social progress its more concerned about how rigorous someone’s research is . . .
        The man’s life and his work is proof enough that he deserves all the acolades he is given.

      • bboyneko August 5, 2006 at 5:45 am #

        Re: personally
        His “work” was plagiarized. If you admie anyone, admire the men who actually wrote the stuff MLK stole.

      • Anonymous August 5, 2006 at 6:56 am #

        Re: personally
        Or you could admire MLK for saying it, and going to jail for it.
        Of course, I wouldn’t really expect you to understand that. Have you gone to jail as part of nonviolent protest? Have you been sprayed by fire hoses or shot at with guns? I would guess the answer is no.
        You’re grasping at straws with a critique of MLK, one of the few great civil rights leaders of this century.
        I wouldn’t expect you to admit the absurdity of it, being that its your livejournal and you have to be right. All the time.

      • bboyneko August 5, 2006 at 6:58 am #

        Re: personally
        the fact that you don’t care that he lied and cheated his way through the academic process and even stole his I have a dream speech is appalling to me.
        he was a fraud. Sure he achieved things but he achieved things by stealing and lieing. His doctorate should be stripped.

      • Anonymous August 6, 2006 at 1:03 am #

        Re: personally
        Do you think most people who admire him would even care if he got his doctorate stripped?
        That wasn’t what made him a great man.
        Having a title after your name, PhD, MD, Esq doesn’t make you a great man. Its what you do. If he “borrowed” parts of speeches from people, that really means very little to what he was able to accomplish.
        Of course, it wasn’t like you or you family lived in segregated towns or dealt with the legacy slavery left.

      • bboyneko August 6, 2006 at 8:09 am #

        Re: personally
        and that excuses people from lying and cheating throughout their entire academic career? His “greatness” was achieved by a lifetime of fraud and deceit

      • Anonymous August 6, 2006 at 12:11 pm #

        Re: personally
        The point is, his academic career isn’t what made him a great man. I think thats what you’re missing.
        Its not that its great to plagiarize, blah blah blah but the point is he’s not famous because of his degree. There are plenty of other career academics who don’t have his fame and respect.
        He is famous because he was a civil rights leader. The fact that you would try to boil down his reputation and life’s achievement to that is absurb.
        Now if you criticized the life of a career academic, who’s aclaim was based solely on academics, maybe you’d have a more viable point.

      • bboyneko August 30, 2006 at 5:47 pm #

        Re: personally
        Yes but he gained respect because of his doctorate. He was introduced everywhere as “dr” king. It gave him legitmacy.
        But it was fraudulent.

  8. tablet0my0cat November 24, 2012 at 11:04 pm #

    King should have his doctorate striped he lied, and I am sure Boston U has striped other plagiarizers haven’t they? Why do they protect King’s plagiarism, the university is only protecting themselves by not striping King. Boston U does not want angry black people screaming and bellyaching, so they refuse to strip King but toss out other plagiarizers!

  9. ipresnel November 25, 2017 at 7:31 am #

    wow….just…but I’m with boyneko in theory but anon is such a god3amn amazing writer that I’m on the fence. All this posts hurt my head but made my realize that Martin Luther King Jr. didn’t really do very much, oh he went to the south once I think and got sprayed one time by a hose possibly then he got shot on a balcony. Academia is such a horrible institution but fair is fair and rules are rules. he plagiarized and he gave a speech once. in larger terms it makes me think that our history itself puts these medicore people on pedestals and makes HOlidays out of them all for pr and for the corporations to make a little more and for everyone to be just a little more easily brainwashed

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