I'm not sure why I haven't focused more attention on the controversy over the Martin Luther King monement's inscription that "I was a drum major for peace, justice, and righteousness." I guess perhaps I don't find it such a misrepsentation of Dr. King as others -- those are, after all, his words -- even if taken somewhat from context. I guess it may be that all those years of reading gravestones has left me with the realization that if you're reducing a life to a line or two, you're going to have to flatten out a lot of nuance. But we're going to re-write it. The precedent for this includes the Strom Thurmond monument at the South Carolina statehouse, where an artisan used caukling and a chisel to change the number of children from four to five and to add the name of Strom's daughter, Essie Mae. God I love American history!
Anyway, this leads me to ask, how can the monument be changed the easiest? I'd say change the "I" to "He." Any better suggestions?
The Washington Post's Rachel Mantueffel has the full story here.