MLK on Stupidity

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Today my facebook feed started blowing up with conservation and activist groups (usually animal related because I am subscribed to a bunch of those for MOCS inspiration) using Dr. King quotes willy nilly to support their own agendas. There seemed to be no sense that this self-serving appropriation was distasteful or missing the point of the holiday. (What? MLK was all about saving sea turtles. It was his thing.) I get it that we can and should notice the universal wisdom of his words, but noticing them in the context of civil rights seems pretty important too.
Anyway, MOCS obviously needed to keep up with Joneses so I chose a quote that resounds with my philosophy as an artist. Prejudice and bad behavior take root in ignorance and stupidity. While the specific form of stupidity I focus on with my art is fat stigma, I think of myself as truly railing against stupidity where ever it is encamped–including in do-gooder activist types (who I even largely agree with).

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