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(ABC 27)   The children of Martin Luther King Jr. are battling over the dream of owning his estate   (abc27.com) divider line 60
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2014-02-07 08:36:16 AM  
My son read a couple of news stories about MLKjr.'s kids and why it's all but impossible to find a complete version of "I have a dream" online. His response was "huh, I bet they're wishing now he hadn't said that thing about being judged by the content of their character."

Oh, and he's nine. When a nine year old is calling out your douchebaggery, it's time to reexamine your life choices.
 
2014-02-07 10:03:04 AM  
♪ It was a beautiful day, the sun beat down... ♪
 
2014-02-07 10:04:20 AM  
Substitute "Mandela" for "King" and you have pretty much the same story. It seems the price of being a beloved public figure is to preside over a nest of worthless vipers. Virtue isn't inherited.
 
2014-02-07 10:08:10 AM  
They just need some non-violent protests and all the problems go away.
 
2014-02-07 10:17:46 AM  

Valiente: Substitute "Mandela" for "King" and you have pretty much the same story. It seems the price of being a beloved public figure is to preside over a nest of worthless vipers. Virtue isn't inherited.


The "third generation" rule of any family with money. Witness the Kennedys.

It's also true of social movements:

1. Martin Luther King, Jr - a great man, a visionary
2. Jesse Jackson - a scheming opportunist
3. Al Sharpton - a form of pond scum
 
2014-02-07 10:18:04 AM  
Having a front seat for the shenanigans here in Atlanta, I can tell you that it's been well known around here for years how big their douchebaggery truly is.
 
2014-02-07 10:20:19 AM  
That reminds me I haven't watched the movie 'Greedy' in a while.
 
2014-02-07 10:21:14 AM  
MLK is shaking his head at you fools. If you want to make money, you need to license his likeliness just like KISS.

Lunchboxes, bobbleheads.

Also trademark "I Has a dream"
 
2014-02-07 10:27:51 AM  

Valiente: Substitute "Mandela" for "King" and you have pretty much the same story. It seems the price of being a beloved public figure is to preside over a nest of worthless vipers. Virtue isn't inherited.


This.  You kids all get to it now.  Peace, love and harmony y'all!
 
2014-02-07 10:28:05 AM  
Let them fight, none of them can hold a candle the man's legacy.

On a side note, i bet those royalties make a ton of money every February.
 
2014-02-07 10:30:18 AM  
Death is the great leveler. Great of small, hero or zero - when you kick it, the vultures are going to pick your bones - this means you, too - so don't be smug.
 
2014-02-07 10:33:53 AM  
I have a Deram.jpg
 
2014-02-07 10:34:50 AM  
Dr. King's family has applied for all rights to the phrase "I have a scheme".
 
2014-02-07 10:36:12 AM  
Did he make a lot of money giving speeches and getting beat up by whitey in the 60's?
 
2014-02-07 10:36:17 AM  

czetie: My son read a couple of news stories about MLKjr.'s kids and why it's all but impossible to find a complete version of "I have a dream" online. His response was "huh, I bet they're wishing now he hadn't said that thing about being judged by the content of their character."

Oh, and he's nine. When a nine year old is calling out your douchebaggery, it's time to reexamine your life choices.


You're right.  They say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.  In this case, they aren't even the same kind of fruit and they aren't within throwing distance of the tree.  It's sad.

Would it be too much to hope that the media stops reporting on this crap so that the legal hassles fomented by the children don't end up tarnishing King's legacy?
 
2014-02-07 10:37:44 AM  
Serious question.  Was MLK a rich man at the time of his death?  Or is his "estate" based on his  legacy?
 
2014-02-07 10:37:58 AM  

6655321: Dr. King's family has applied for all rights to the phrase "I have a scheme".


I have to ream?
 
2014-02-07 10:40:58 AM  
This just goes to show how important a good father figure is for bringing up children.
 
2014-02-07 10:44:38 AM  
I'll say it, and it goes for Mandela, too. King was a great man who did great things for the good of his people and, indirectly, for humankind in general. But he wasn't a good guy. A lot of what makes a person a successful leader also often makes that person an asshole, especially to those closest to him or her.
 
2014-02-07 10:47:35 AM  
They totes need a reality show.
 
2014-02-07 10:48:02 AM  
I'm surprised that the greedy douche nozzles aren't charging people to look at his carbonite statue.
 
2014-02-07 10:48:41 AM  
I should add: that's why the apple hasn't necessarily fallen far from the tree.
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2014-02-07 10:53:38 AM  
Just Americans being Americans.


sure beats working for a living.   Work is so.........Unamerican.
 
2014-02-07 10:55:47 AM  

OldManDownDRoad: Valiente: Substitute "Mandela" for "King" and you have pretty much the same story. It seems the price of being a beloved public figure is to preside over a nest of worthless vipers. Virtue isn't inherited.

The "third generation" rule of any family with money. Witness the Kennedys.

It's also true of social movements:

1. Martin Luther King, Jr - a great man, a visionary
2. Jesse Jackson - a scheming opportunist
3. Al Sharpton - a form of pond scum


Shouldn't it be 'Kennedies'?
 
2014-02-07 10:56:34 AM  
they apparently have a Dream.  a dream to not ever have to accomplish anything with their lives and instead just shop, dress nice, and hang out with their buds. you know, be in The Club.


in America, its about Inheritance, for the most part.
 
2014-02-07 10:58:16 AM  

jso2897: Death is the great leveler. Great of small, hero or zero - when you kick it, the vultures are going to pick your bones - this means you, too - so don't be smug.


Man, I want that on my tombstone. That'll be awesome.
 
2014-02-07 10:58:39 AM  
I too have a dream...

it involves two big-titted blondes.
 
2014-02-07 11:01:34 AM  

sbchamp: OldManDownDRoad: Valiente: Substitute "Mandela" for "King" and you have pretty much the same story. It seems the price of being a beloved public figure is to preside over a nest of worthless vipers. Virtue isn't inherited.

The "third generation" rule of any family with money. Witness the Kennedys.

It's also true of social movements:

1. Martin Luther King, Jr - a great man, a visionary
2. Jesse Jackson - a scheming opportunist
3. Al Sharpton - a form of pond scum

Shouldn't it be 'Kennedies'?


No, it should be Kennedys.
 
2014-02-07 11:02:04 AM  

GungFu: I too have a dream...
it involves two big-titted blondes.


I had that dream before. I had to change my underpants when I woke up...
 
2014-02-07 11:12:26 AM  

AugieDoggyDaddy: Serious question.  Was MLK a rich man at the time of his death?  Or is his "estate" based on his  legacy?


As far as I can remember; they weren't exactly impoverished when he died; but, they weren't getting the $5,000 a plate Foie Gras, either. But, most of the money comes from the rights to his speeches.
 
2014-02-07 11:14:04 AM  

AugieDoggyDaddy: Serious question.  Was MLK a rich man at the time of his death?  Or is his "estate" based on his  legacy?


Depends on your definition of "Rich" for a black man at the time he was certainly better off than many of his peers, but not what most people would classify as rich.  Most of the cash estate was built up by his wife after his death, selling rights to use his speeches etc.  She even sold the rights to "I Have a Dream" to a telecom company for advertisements in the late 90s.
 
2014-02-07 11:18:09 AM  
This is why we can't have nice things, like MLK's speeches.
 
2014-02-07 11:18:45 AM  
He died in 1968. Shouldn't they have worked this out by now? I guess that there's no statute of limitations on greed and derp.
 
2014-02-07 11:23:59 AM  

Linux_Yes: in America, its about Inheritance, for the most part.



When my mom dies I'm riding that twenty seven thousand dollars all the way to Easy Street.

/ my half of it anyway
 
2014-02-07 11:30:22 AM  

Robert1966: I'll say it, and it goes for Mandela, too. King was a great man who did great things for the good of his people and, indirectly, for humankind in general. But he wasn't a good guy. A lot of what makes a person a successful leader also often makes that person an asshole, especially to those closest to him or her.


This.  He liked to have affairs, and it's pretty common knowledge at this point that he plagiarized his doctoral thesis (and let's face it, if you cheated on your thesis, you were probably doing it all through school).  Honestly, he was a minister who slept around on his wife and cheated at school.  If he was anyone OTHER than MLK, Fark would have a field day with him.  All those things don't diminish his accomplishments, but it does show that he didn't think much of family, and was hyper driven to succeed.  Those people do not make the best parents.

AugieDoggyDaddy: Serious question.  Was MLK a rich man at the time of his death?  Or is his "estate" based on his  legacy?


No, he wasn't rich.  But the estate has sold off some of his papers, for around 30-40 million, so they aren't poor.
 
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2014-02-07 11:32:36 AM  
Welcome to life. People will do the most stupid shiat for money.
 
2014-02-07 11:32:44 AM  
"Is THIS what I took all those ass whuppings for?"
 
2014-02-07 11:33:19 AM  
Follow The Money™

/see woody allen for reference
 
2014-02-07 11:34:03 AM  

Girl Sailor: jso2897: Death is the great leveler. Great of small, hero or zero - when you kick it, the vultures are going to pick your bones - this means you, too - so don't be smug.

Man, I want that on my tombstone. That'll be awesome.


I'm trying to decide between that and "So Long, Suckers!"
 
2014-02-07 11:45:04 AM  
This is another reason copyright should move back toward the way it was originally intended. Petulant children feasting on the remains of someone's life.
 
2014-02-07 11:45:42 AM  

devildog123: Robert1966: I'll say it, and it goes for Mandela, too. King was a great man who did great things for the good of his people and, indirectly, for humankind in general. But he wasn't a good guy. A lot of what makes a person a successful leader also often makes that person an asshole, especially to those closest to him or her.

This.  He liked to have affairs, and it's pretty common knowledge at this point that he plagiarized his doctoral thesis (and let's face it, if you cheated on your thesis, you were probably doing it all through school).  Honestly, he was a minister who slept around on his wife and cheated at school.  If he was anyone OTHER than MLK, Fark would have a field day with him.  All those things don't diminish his accomplishments, but it does show that he didn't think much of family, and was hyper driven to succeed.  Those people do not make the best parents.


This. He did like the hookers and supposedly had a short temper and could tend to be an asshole to people close to him at times. He was human, he had faults, like the rest of us. He obviously was a great leader and did very great things in his (unfortunately shortened) life. But people tend to think that their hero is without fault, but in reality, no one is.

But not only MLK is thought of that way. Hell, even Ghandi was a racist asshole that a lot of India hates to this day (according to Indian friends of mine), yet he accomplished some great things. Mother Theresa was also a total asshole, too. She refused to give out pain killers to her patients (because pain makes you closer to god, according to her) and lived in luxury while keeping her "hospitals" in crappy conditions. Plus she was a vehement pro-lifer and cozied up to dictators and scam artists.
 
2014-02-07 11:53:56 AM  

OldManDownDRoad: Valiente: Substitute "Mandela" for "King" and you have pretty much the same story. It seems the price of being a beloved public figure is to preside over a nest of worthless vipers. Virtue isn't inherited.

The "third generation" rule of any family with money. Witness the Kennedys.

It's also true of social movements:

1. Martin Luther King, Jr - a great man, a visionary
2. Jesse Jackson - a scheming opportunist
3. Al Sharpton - a form of pond scum


Inheriting power is the easiest way to get it. Those that hunger for it hone in on that, whether they should have it or not.
 
2014-02-07 11:54:55 AM  

OldManDownDRoad: Valiente: Substitute "Mandela" for "King" and you have pretty much the same story. It seems the price of being a beloved public figure is to preside over a nest of worthless vipers. Virtue isn't inherited.

The "third generation" rule of any family with money. Witness the Kennedys.

It's also true of social movements:

1. Martin Luther King, Jr - a great man, a visionary



For now . It will be interesting what is in the FBI files on MLK that are sealed till 2027.  Of course by then who will care?
 
2014-02-07 12:03:44 PM  

The Irresponsible Captain: This is another reason copyright should move back toward the way it was originally intended. Petulant children feasting on the remains of someone's life.


So I am guessing you support the inheritance tax also?
 
2014-02-07 12:04:32 PM  
They want money for everything... including his memorial in DC.  Greedy Fools.

"I don't think the Jefferson family, the Lincoln family [or] any other group of family ancestors has been paid a licensing fee for a memorial in Washington," said Cambridge University historian David Garrow, author of a Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Dr. King. ". . . [He would've been] absolutely scandalized."


http://nypost.com/2009/04/18/king-monument-to-greed/
 
2014-02-07 12:19:11 PM  
I have a dream
*BANG*
oh shiat, and a farking head wound, thanks a lot!
 
2014-02-07 12:42:09 PM  
There will never be true racial equality until MLK's likeness is used for commercial purposes ...

img.fark.net
 
2014-02-07 12:51:11 PM  
theawesomebloggers.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-02-07 12:53:42 PM  
Great men are few and far between.

Greedy, selfish, exploitative people are a dime a dozen.
 
2014-02-07 12:55:26 PM  

czetie: My son read a couple of news stories about MLKjr.'s kids and why it's all but impossible to find a complete version of "I have a dream" online. His response was "huh, I bet they're wishing now he hadn't said that thing about being judged by the content of their character."

Oh, and he's nine. When a nine year old is calling out your douchebaggery, it's time to reexamine your life choices.


That statement was also printed in the Atlanta papers.

I hope they take heed.
 
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