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Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 08/31/2011

A look at what’s in the news

Good afternoon all. Here’s what we’re reading today. Starting off with a little controversy over the King Memorial. The esteemed Maya Angelou, an advisor on the project, thinks that one of Dr. King’s most famous quotes has been shortened so much that it makes him look like a twit.

“The quote makes Dr. Martin Luther King look like an arrogant twit,” Angelou, 83, said Tuesday. “He was anything but that. He was far too profound a man for that four-letter word to apply.
“He had no arrogance at all,” she said. “He had a humility that comes from deep inside. The ‘if’ clause that is left out is salient. Leaving it out changes the meaning completely.”
The paraphrase “minimizes the man,” she said. “It makes him seem less than the humanitarian he was. . . . It makes him seem an egotist.”

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Then, there’s this piece in the New York Times from Haiti that reminds me of what happened after Katrina when neighboring cities and states that initially took in those who had fled the hurricane began to blame them for all manner of anarchy. As the immediate aftermath of the storm faded, some began to view the stranded as interlopers who just needed to go back where they came from. The same is happening in the Dominican Republic writes Randal C. Archibald in the New York Times:

They have been blamed for spreading cholera, taking jobs and driving up crime, and now, with memories of the earthquake and the bonhomie it generated rapidly fading, this country is taking action: it is deporting Haitian refugees, turning them away from the border and generally making their lives difficult.

Read the full story here.

For those who haven’t heard, Michael Vick of the Philadelphia Eagles signed the second $100 million contract of his career. Good for him. I hope he can stay on the track he’s on, on and off the field. Listen to him talk about his quest for a championship, what he tells his children and what it means to be back on top of the football world.

Lastly this morning, Forbes is out with a list of the world’s most powerful black women. Michelle Obama, Beyonce and, of course, Oprah made their list. To see who help made the list, read the full story here.

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