Does anyone else find it odd…

October 17th, 2011

..that the new memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. looks white?

Entry Filed under: Observations

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  • 1. Nick  |  October 17th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    I thought the color of skin didn’t matter

  • 2. Elliot  |  October 17th, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    But what about the color of the stone? ;)

    (And I’m a big fan of the “content of their character” quote. Too bad so few people believe it.)

  • 3. Patrick Dorwin  |  October 17th, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    It has been noted by some, that the statue looks Asian to them. I don’t see it myself, to me he just looks pissed off :-)

    Another controversy is that it was made in China, by a Chinese artist that is noted for his sculptures of the murderous dictator, Mao Zedong.

    I have also read that the granite block it was carved from was supplied by slave laborers. I don’t know if that’s true, but if it is, it seems so diametrically opposed to King’s philosophy, that this too would raise concerns.

  • 4. John Foust  |  October 17th, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    The Greeks, the Romans, the Egyptians often painted their statues. We thought the paint-free look was more antique-y.

  • 5. Dan  |  October 17th, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Actually, Patrick, I saw the Asian in it, especially with the bald look and the eyes.
    And the statue does not look like Dr. King.

  • 6. BobG  |  October 18th, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Have to agree with Dan. My first thought on seeing it was that it was a heavy-set Asian man. The fact that it was done by a Chinese artist could explain that.

  • 7. Elliot  |  October 18th, 2011 at 9:27 am

    He really does look sort of asian. It’s not a good likeness. Not as bad as the Bronze Fonz. But, then again, what could be?

  • 8. John Foust  |  October 18th, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    The Fonz sculptor is a client of mine. He’s working on a bust of Obama. Much better likeness.

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