According to writer Gyles Brandreth, the average person speaks around 860,341,500 words during their lifetime. If you start talking at one and live to be 80, that’s about 30,000 words a day.
Most will be forgotten by everybody, including you, as soon as they’re out of your mouth. Others will stick around for a few weeks before drifting into obscurity. But now and then, someone says something we’ll remember for years or even generations afterward. Their words express just the right idea, in just the right way, at just the right time.
Every Martin Luther King Jr. Day there emerges a new set of heavily photoshopped flyers that depict the icon with all of the D-boy essentials: a thick wad of cash, gaudy jewelry, strippers, bottles of Hennessy. It’s damn near a Black institution. Go ahead and celebrate by basking in their stupidity, and then daydreaming about the civil rights leader’s iconic march on Compound.
Your White friends love to post “Kumbaya” King quotes about peace, unity, and faith in America. But they don’t know the real MLK was a whole revolutionary. So share one of his spicier quotables. Here’s a start…