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    Re: Should we put Martin Luther King Jr. on our currency?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    When King's dream becomes reality, we will no longer think of him as a "black guy."
    You'd still see it. Putting him on money would be judging him by his character, not his skin color.


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    Re: Should we put Martin Luther King Jr. on our currency?

    Quote Originally Posted by rjay View Post
    What a thoughtful reply. What if the idea behind this is not to ease race relations. What if the idea is to recognize an individual who is considered a great historical figure and who is American. If any other country had produced an historical figure of his stature, an individual recognized the world over as a great man, there would be no debate.
    So why in your opinion is their debate here?

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    Re: Should we put Martin Luther King Jr. on our currency?

    Well, before adopting the euro, most national currencies in European countries had on them the portraits or significant people in the state, most notably scientists and researches, men of culture (musicians, painters, etc) or other significant people, but not really politicians. Except you know, the queen's face on them, but the other side is reserved for some famous person that did a technological or cultural or major economic invention or stuff. Same for the now deceased deutchemark and the french franc.

    I am pretty sure I read somewhere that all the countries that have adopted the euro and replaced their own currency, there were just 4 people who didn't fit the pattern. The pattern being people who delivered historical works of art, science and technology and things like that. So 4 people who were basically politicians or reformers.

    Now of course the euro has no famous people on it. each banknote is representative of a cultural period. From renaissance to modernism.

    So with this in mind, do I think the US should put MLK on a banknote? No. frankly, he doesn't deserve it and anyone whose face is now on the banknotes is far more deserving to be there. If there is to be a reshuffle... a new generation of banknotes, better put scientists on them, not politicians. So Benjamin Franklin can stay, but you know, put people like John Hall, William Shockley (invented the transistor->it's literally the reason we have more processing power in a smartphone than all computers 30 years ago combined, heck, it's the reason why we have computers to begin with and all this wonderful thing called microelectronics) and such people.

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    Re: Should we put Martin Luther King Jr. on our currency?

    We could put Darwin on the currency and see if it is adaptable enough to survive.
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    Re: Should we put Martin Luther King Jr. on our currency?

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    So why in your opinion is their debate here?
    here, as in the U.S. ?

    If you watch any tv footage from the sixties you see that his ideas were not welcomed with open arms. He was controversial and his ideas were disruptive. With hindsight we can look back and clearly see that what was going on, particularly in the South, was wrong. King was an important part
    of changing backward thinking. He forced Americans to look directly at the problems being faced by fellow citizens. He shone the spotlight in some dark corners. He got the silent majority to start responding.

    The debate comes from the fact that anytime, anyone is proposed as a new face to put on currency, there is debate. Some folks would love to see Elvis on the $20.00 but you can bet that the proposal would be met with debate.
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    Re: Should we put Martin Luther King Jr. on our currency?

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    It would be easier to list the historical figures who didn't sleep around.
    I'll bet janet reno doesnt....LMAO...or big sis Napolitano...

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    Re: Should we put Martin Luther King Jr. on our currency?

    Sure. I see no reason why not. There's nothing wrong with circulating people in and out of them, and I think we would do better to stop our fetishisizng of a few leaders like Washington , Jefferson, and Lincoln.
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    Re: Should we put Martin Luther King Jr. on our currency?

    Quote Originally Posted by rocket88 View Post
    Like Alexander Hamilton and Benjamin Franklin? When were their terms again?
    They were part of the founding fathers of this country. (I said historically reserved, not exclusively reserved.)

    Do you think that King deserves to be on a coin? Must not, since you didn't mention that part of my post but instead chose to pick nits.

    Why should, in your opinion, MLK, Jr. not be on a coin? Was he less important that JFK?

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    Re: Should we put Martin Luther King Jr. on our currency?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Should we put Martin Luther King Jr. on our currency?
    No. Money in this country has always featured presidents, and people who were fundamental to the founding and expansion of the nation. Outside of counterfeit prevention measures, I see no reason why we should change our money.
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    Re: Should we put Martin Luther King Jr. on our currency?

    I say NO, his addition would be seen as a token act.

    Not too mention our current administration has tarnished his reputation by politicizing his efforts.

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