Monday, June 18, 2012

R.I.P., the Most Misquoted Man in America

I was sorry to hear about the passing of 1990s icon Rodney King, a man with the distinction of being quoted incorrectly more often than not.

As I noted in 2009, popular culture remembers his statement during the L.A. riots as "Can't we all just get along?"
 
In fact, it was "Can we all get along?"
 
I'm not sure why the negative form of the question fixed itself in our collective consciousness. Perhaps it had more power that way.
 
In any case,  I'd like to think the answer to either question has gotten closer to "yes."