It Turned Out Not to Be Vandals

So why did Kathleen and others run with that idea?  Who knows.  Why hasn’t she update either her blog or that post to reflect what happened?  Who knows.

From Lisa Falkenberg at the Houston Chronicle:

Rumors that the MLK billboard had been vandalized are false, Kamau-Imani told me. He said that after he and his supporters noticed the ad missing, they speculated that perhaps the reason was vandalism. He said some of those speculations were prematurely shared over Twitter and that he himself had suggested the possibility of vandalism on his Facebook page. But he didn’t learn the real story until Monday.

Kamau-Imani said SignAd was skittish about the MLK message from the beginning, and included a clause in the contract that it could be removed at any time.
“We knew the risk we were taking,” he said. “Houston, especially the African American community, they’ve never seen anything like this.”

He’s probably correct on that point.  From what I’ve read, most people think of MLK as being nonpartisan.  Both Democrats and Republicans strive to meet his dream, with greater or lesser success.  When Obama accepted his nomination on the anniversary of King’s speech, that was an obvious success.  When Sean Hannity wants everyone to be judged by the content of his/her character, that’s mostly a fail.

Kamau-Imani promises more actions in the future.  We’ll see if they are more successful than this one.

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2 responses to “It Turned Out Not to Be Vandals

  1. I think it’s a very very touchy issue and Republicans interested in expanding their party and reaching out would be better served by starting fresh and not get too deep into revisionist history (not that I’m giving them advice! they are an excellent example of Epic Fail when left to their own devices). For me, just seeing the billboard immediately made me think of how neo-Nazi websites have traditionally used MLK’s name in such a way that they end up on their hate-sites, when they were almost certainly looking for something else.

  2. Yeah, that is one of the examples I use when teaching research skills to students, and why generic search engines like google are pretty much useless for serious research.

    I’m still amazed that Kathleen doesn’t have the decency to correct her post. Perhaps she still thinks that what the company did with its own property was vandalism of her right to free speech — or something like that.

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