For MLK - Emancipation Day Redux
The United States isn't about great men and women. It's about great ideas, great struggles, and great actions. So, with that in mind, I'm going to punt and point you at a post I did last August which is a much more fitting sentiment for MLK Day.
Though I revere Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I've always been a little uncomfortable with having a national holiday in his honor. Why? Well it has nothing to do with his stature, his vision, his oratory, or his commitment to civil rights. No...it just seems to me that even Dr. King would be uncomfortable with a day dedicated to his memory. Somehow it seems too small--seems not to have the right focus.
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I think that Frogette summed up nicely your whole and excellent post.
Emancipation Day. Diversity Day. Either way and as long as it's not in September. There're already far too many people who've no clue what Labor Day does really commemorate.
Michael...thanks. It's sad isn't it? Labor Day, IMHO, is very important. Labor and laborors--the dream that hard work can raise you up--is still one of our enduring ideas. Labor Day's importance seems to fade with the fact that the American Dream is dying.
I think MLK day is a knee jerk reaction to appease, rather than honor. "See how much we care?" The magnetic ribbon honor.
Had MLK been white, and done the same deeds, would he be revered as much? I point to JFK as exhibit A. "Black History MONTH?" If that designation were truly to honor, we would then also have a white history month, Mexican history......hell, we'd need more months just to be politically correct.
As for King, I think his birthday ought to be celebrated. Here was a man who new that people wanted to murder him and that every time he stepped into a public place or public view, he was a target for a gun. This was at a time when murdering black men and women was not uncommon in the south. This was at a time when four young, white people were murdered for trying to register black people to vote. King did not let that deter him. He stood up for what he believed in knowing it would and could get him killed. He stood for equal rights for all people, not just black people, and he also stood for the poor in a way that few people have the courage to do now. Very few. I think King's day is appropriate and deserved and I am glad of it.