Many Have Forgotten that MLK and Pope Paul VI Met and Admired Each Other

It seems fitting to recall this today:

Second, from April 5, 1968:


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    1. How is N**** better than “Negro”? It gives an even worse impression (that it’s the derogatory version) and does not reflect what was said. Ignoring the heading, the first sentence in the article is a quote by MLK.
      What else should we redact? Maybe “King”, so that we don’t offend people who were harmed by aristocracy? Maybe “Rev.” so that nobody is revered more than others? Maybe “Dr.” because it makes fun of people who have no academic degrees? That also means that any word that might be difficult to understand should be redacted. Pronouns? Uh-uh, implied gender. Movement name? Might offend. Leader? Cannot show that somebody is above others. Maybe even “The” because it implies that something is unique or we’re referring specifically to something, with the exclusion of everything else.

      Here. An edited version of the article for your sensibilities:

      [REDACTED], [REDACTED]—P*** [REDACTED] received the [REDACTED] M***** L***** [REDACTED] this evening.

      The [REDACTED] said [REDACTED]:

      “T** P*** made it p******* clear that [REDACTED] is a f***** of t** N***** [REDACTED], and asked [REDACTED] to tell the [REDACTED] N****** that [REDACTED] is [REDACTED] to the [REDACTED] in the [REDACTED].”

      I guess this version is infinitely more useful to everyone.

      1. But it’s not what was said. Replacing actual words with euphemisms is what leads to censorship and eventually to burning books. All for the benefit of mankind.

      2. “But it’s not what was said.” — That’s why you put […] around it.

        “Replacing actual words with euphemisms is what leads to censorship and eventually to burning books.” — slippery-slope fallacy. Do you really advocate using the f-word and the c-word?

      3. Apparently, f-word and c-word are actually increasing in usage and nobody is offended by them anymore. Not that I’m going to use them here or elsewhere, but it’s what it is.
        And there are many words which used to be profanities 100, 200 years ago, but are now used in polite conversation (and vice versa).

  1. That’s interesting. Today’s MAGA and conservative Catholics are about as pro civil rights as Bull Connor.

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