(TruthAndLiberty.com) – Mike Pence, the former US Vice President, inaccurately paraphrased a significant part of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech during a discussion on the recent elimination of affirmative action in college admissions by the Supreme Court.
The Court, in a verdict split 6-3, stated that institutions of higher learning, both public and private, can no longer consider race as a selection factor during the enrollment process. This pivotal judgment originated from a pair of lawsuits spearheaded by Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA), targeting Harvard University and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
John Roberts, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, asserted in the dominant opinion that the deployment of affirmative action contravenes the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause.
Questioned by Jonathan Karl, the anchor of ABC News’ This Week, regarding his stance on the ruling, Pence, who is also a Republican presidential candidate and an advocate of the judgment, suggested it signifies the strides and triumphs of America’s minority populations. Yet, his recitation of Dr. King Jr.’s speech erred, claiming that King had hoped “we’ll be judged not by the content—or judged by—not by the color of our skin, but by the content of our character and by our own academic performance.”
This misrepresents Dr. King Jr.’s original sentiment, which was: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
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