- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The student union at the University of Oregon considered removing a prominently displayed quote from Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech over fears that his words were not inclusive of non-racial minorities.

Student leaders debated removing a quote from one of the walls at Oregon’s Erb Memorial Union, which reads, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character,” Mediaite reported.

Some students took issue with the fact that MLK’s message only focused on racial diversity instead of gender identity.

“Diversity is so much more than race,” sophomore Mia Ashley told the Oregon Daily Emerald student paper. “Obviously race still plays a big role. But there are people who identify differently in gender and all sorts of things like that.”

The Daily Emerald reported that the quote will remain as is, “but that decision was not made without some hard thought by the Student Union Board.”

It’s not the first time students have taken issue with an MLK quote on campus. In 1985, a quote displayed on a wall that spoke of the good life for all “men” was replaced after feminists complained, the Daily Emerald reported.

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