"I mourn the loss of hundreds of valuable lives, yet I will certainly not rejoice in the fatality of one, not also an opponent."


Those 23 words, attributed to Martin Luther King Jr., were yesterday's Twitter mantra for those of the check out that exuberance and partying in the roads in response to a death (any kind of fatality, even Osama bin Laden's) was ethically wrong, creepy or otherwise problematic.

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They spcheck out, as points tend carry out on the great old Web, prefer crazy.

It originally seemed that the initially perkid to point out the quote was the renowned magician-libertarian Penn Jillette, Salon reported. The trouble, as Megan McArdle also stated in the Atlantic, was that Martin Luther King never before said it. Or anything also close. In reality, the quote from MLK about adversaries is:

"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, yet the silence of our friends."


Salon tracked down the original source of the quote: a Facebook standing message by Jessica Dovey, in which she makes the statement at concern in her very own words (not in quotes), immediately complied with by a pair of sentences appropriately attributed to MLK. In this conmessage, it's simple to check out just how cutting and pasting from that condition without paying close attention to wbelow the punctuation began can have actually accidentally attributed the "hundreds of priceless lives" component that ended up going viral to King.

That the quote wasn't actually uttered by a legendary civil liberties leader doesn't adjust the sobering perspective it most likely gave to many Americans in the aftermath of bin Laden's death. And while we all acquired a reality check around the prestige of attention to detail and also reality checking, it shows up that tright here was no intent to deceive and no real harm done.

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Finally, while MLK is undoubtedly rolling over in his grave over plenty of points these days, we don't think this mistaken attribution is one of them.

(While we're on the topics of bin Laden and also social networking, read Elev8's list of the a lot of famous Scriptures passages not been independently proved by The Root!>, quoted on Twitter after his fatality.)