Martin Luther King is misquoted as Ice-T

Martin Luther King, Jr. or a Modern Rapper? You Decide.

Martin Luther King, Jr. can be described any number of ways.  Orator. Peacekeeper. Activist. Leader. Humanitarian. Future Facebook Meme Inspirational Quoter.

Like many before and after him who have spoken eloquently and passionately about topics that mattered, King’s speeches have been mined for inspirational phrases, motivational thoughts, accurate predictions, and compassion-driven philosophies. And those phrases usually get placed on a photo of King to be shared millions of times throughout Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram and through other media so that everyone can be inspired by his words.

However, in my research, I have found that in many situations, the quotes in these memes do not actually belong to King. Instead, inspired by the words that Reverend King spoke, many modern musicians craft lyrics that reflect similar values, and their lyrics get mis-attributed to King. These artisans of their field, typically identified as rappers, deserve the credit that they’re due as well, so I thought I would share some of the quotes I’ve seen appear over the last year, and we can play a game of:

Who said it? MLK Jr. or Rapper?

Answers appear at the bottom of the post. Keep your eyes on your own paper, and make sure to show your work for full credit. Any racial slurs have been replaced with the word Nintendo.

  1. “Forgiveness is not an occasional act. It is a permanent attitude.”
  2. “Hot is my strap, wet is your back
    Understand I never forgive, leavin bodies like sieve
    Clap gats til my fuckin shit’s clipless
    Nintendaz bear witness”
  3. “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
  4. “I’m a freak in heat, a dog without warning
    My appetite is sex, cause me so horny”
  5. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
  6. “Yo it’s my time to shine, so I’m checking my Rollie
    A bet with the Lakers, I bought a necklace off Kobe
    I be fucking your girl, I was texting her only
    I told her, ‘I’d like your legs better if they was open’
    Ever since the beginning, Nintendas knew I was focused”
  7. “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”
  8. “First off, fuck your bitch
    And the clique you claim
    West side when we ride
    Come equipped with game
    You claim to be a player
    But I fucked your wife
    We bust on Bad Boys
    Nintendas fuck for Life”
  9. “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”
  10. “You, you got what I need, but you say he’s just a friend
    And you say he’s just a friend, oh baby”

Martin Luther King is misquoted as Ice-T

Thank you for playing! Join me next time when we play:

Who Said It? Mark Twain Character or Member of Duck Dynasty?


    1. MLK
    2. Ice-T
    3. MLK
    4. 2 Live Crew
    5. MLK
    6. 2 Chainz
    7. MLK
    8. Tupac
    9. MLK
    10. Trick question: Biz Markie
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