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James Fulford writes: Once again, as I noted earlier today, the birthdays of two famous Southerners are being celebrated on the same day: General Robert E. Lee, born Stratford, Virginia, on January 19, 1807, and the the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr., born January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, GA.

While Current Year sentiment is all about abolishing all memory of Lee, and glorifying that of King, Peter Brimelow writes below, in an article we’ve republished annually since 2015, that the wheel may turn around, and future generations may decide than that honoring King with a national holiday was a mistake.

VDARE.com Editor Peter Brimelow writes: I’ve decided to keep on reposting my 2015 essay questioning the utility of Martin Luther King Day until we, so to speak, Overcome. (See 2016, 2017, 2018. Note that, while Robert E. Lee Day is fixed, Martin Luther King Day is set to be celebrated on the third Monday in January, and so fluctuates).

Infuriating to all who care about America and its history, this last year proved that traditions and heroes can indeed be attacked and undone, from the peerless Robert E. Lee to George Washington. But perhaps this is heartening to those of us who’ve had it with Martin Luther King Day—the wheel turns, and even that monstrous statue may one day be cut down to size.

Unfortunately, 2017 also made seem more likely the possibility I allude to below: that by 2027, when King’s FBI files are due to be released, criticism of him will be banned as “Hate Speech.” America took a real step toward totalitarianism in Charlottesville, VA, on August 12, 2017 when a lawful assembly protesting the proposed vandalism of a Robert E. Lee statue was repressed and physically attacked by elected, uniformed, civilian and paramilitary Democrats, followed by an obviously pre-planned nationwide pogrom against Dissident Right individuals and outlets that were not remotely connected with the rally (i.e. VDARE.com). Significantly, the publication of the Heaphy Report, which confirmed VDARE.com’s account of Leftist and police culpability, has made absolutely no difference to the MSM/ Ruling Class Narrative…because they DON’T WANT TO KNOW

Another ominous trend I note below is also in more evidence this year: radical Leftists asserting that MLK was one of them, as of course he was: e.g. If Martin Luther King Jr were alive today, politicians would denounce him, by Stephen W. Thrasher, The Guardian, January 15, 2018; Giving Up Patriotism and Integration Myths for MLK Day, by William C. Anderson, Truthout, 2018. Thus, typically, Anderson [Tweet him] writes

The currents of white supremacy that are intrinsic to the US political system should lead us to question the system’s purpose and reason for existence.

The “system’s purpose and reason for existence,” of course, is that the American Republic was founded as, and remains in its essence, a white ethnostate. The cusswordwhite supremacy” has simply come to mean the very existence of white America and, what the Left is desperate to prevent above all, its dawning self-awareness—as exemplified by its decisive vote for Donald Trump.

 

Happy Robert E. Lee Day! His January 19 birthday was once widely celebrated across the South (it still is mentionable in Alabama) but during the Second Reconstruction has been quietly suppressed to the point where even such a devoted son of the Confederacy as American Renaissance’s Jared Taylor was unaware, when I talked to him on Sunday night, that its local variant in his and Lee’s state of Virginia, Lee-Jackson Day, was supposed to be celebrated last Friday. (Not surprisingly—it seems to have been recently crudely scrubbed from Virginia’s webpage).

But there’s a silver lining, sort of, in this tale of attempted historical lobotomy: it shows that public holidays come—and they go. Martin Luther King Day, rushed through Congress with Obamacare-style disregard of process in 1983, has been by now weighed in the balance for almost thirty years. It has inarguably (but unmentionably) been found wanting. It is time for it to go.

And in fact, I believe it will go, or at least be quietly suppressed like Robert E. Lee Day. The reasons:

  • MLK Day’s 2027 Problem

It is obvious to everyone that there is a reason King’s FBI files were sealed for fifty years back in 1977, and only the Main Stream Media’s typically relentless Politically Correct air cover prevented this flagrant maneuver from discrediting the Martin Luther King Day legislation in 1983.The problem that these sealed files pose, the MSM/ Ruling Class determination to repress it—and incidentally the unimpeachably reasonable nature of the MLK Day opponents’ position—emerged at President Ronald Reagan’s famous October 19, 1983 press conference:

[Sam Donaldson, ABC News]. Mr. President, Senator [Jesse] Helms has been saying on the Senate floor that Martin Luther King, Jr., had Communist associations, was a Communist sympathizer. Do you agree?The President. We’ll know in about 35 years, won’t we?

No, I don’t fault Senator Helms’ sincerity with regard to wanting the records opened up. I think that he’s motivated by a feeling that if we’re going to have a national holiday named for any American, when it’s only been named for one American in all our history up until this time, that he feels we should know everything there is to know about an individual. As I say, I don’t fault his sincerity in that, but I also recognize there is no way that these records can be opened, because an agreement was reached between the family and the government with regard to those records. And we’re not going to turn away from that or set a precedent of breaking agreements of that kind.

Sir, what do we do then in 35 years if the records are opened and we find that Dr. King was a Communist sympathizer? Do we then try to undo the law? I mean, I’m not quite certain where the logic is there.

The President. The logic is there in that there is no way that this government should violate its word and open those records now.

I happen to — while I would have preferred a day of recognition for his accomplishments and what he meant in a stormy period in our history here, I would have preferred a day similar to, say, Lincoln’s birthday, which is not technically a national holiday, but is certainly a day reverenced by a great many people in our country and has been. I would have preferred that, but since they seem bent on making it a national holiday, I believe the symbolism of that day is important enough that I’ll sign that legislation when it reaches my desk.

The President’s News Conference, Reagan Library, October 19, 1983

At the time, there was much MSM hyperventilating because Reagan had not roundly rejected the idea that King had Communist connections. [Not A 35-Year Question, Editorial, New York Times, October 21, 1983] But this was simply a demand, now familiar, for religious conformity to the burgeoning King Cult. Reagan’s was the only rational position, especially given the (widely-known but little-reported) information that Senator Helms had already placed in the Congressional Record.Note, also, the bizarre MSM claim (which Reagan sidestepped) that there would be no “logic” in revoking MLK Day if King turned out to be a Communist. To put this in perspective, consider the protracted and merciless persecution, then just getting underway, of Arthur Rudolph, creator of the Saturn V moon rocket, because of the discovery of his alleged connection with forced labor projects in World War II Germany.

More recently, consider the continuing campaign against GOP Majority Whip Steve Scalise—who now, not coincidentally, is being attacked for his votes against the King holiday: GOP House Majority Whip Steve Scalise tried to kill Louisiana resolution apologizing for slavery, by Scott Kaufman, Raw Story, January 15, 2015. What Kaufman calls Scalise’s “ties” to David Duke’ s relict organization in Louisiana were, on any reading, infinitesimal compared to King’s relationships with Communists and their causes. And when Scalise gave his speech, the U.S. was not engaged in a global struggle with a white supremacist power, nor losing thousands of men in a desperate war against one of its allies.

The plain fact is that King was a Man of the Left and American radicals are quite right to complain that he has been stolen from them. Thus, given that Leftist agitations are much more organized than the MSM cares to report, it might very well turn out that King’s decision to come out in opposition to the Vietnam War in April 1967 was ultimately at the behest of America’s foreign enemies.

A federal holiday for Benedict Arnold?

All this and serial adultery too.

But whatever embarrassments these files may contain—and chilling as it seems to those of us who were around at the time—only twelve years remain before they will be opened. Of course, the way things are going, criticizing King may then be considered Hate Speech.

  • “Integration” Just Isn’t working

This week near Dover, Delaware, a viral video appears to show another instance of black-on-white violence among high school students.Editor’s Note: YouTube has deleted the video originally embedded in this article. Should users navigate to the video’s URL, a message states: “This video has been removed as a violation of YouTube’s policy prohibiting content designed to harass, bully or threaten.”

The shaky cell phone video shows a group of black teenage boys punching, knocking down, and kicking a white teenage boy, leaving him dazed and confused on the school bus floor.

The victim of the attack had been riding home from Parkway Academy School near Dover when the assault reportedly began. The video shows him sitting alone, facing front, when the attack begins from the rear – and continues from the side and the front of the school bus. “I didn’t do nothing,” he protests.

Video: Black Teens Assault White Student on School Bus, by Colin Flaherty, Breitbart, April 30, 2014.

Just another day in the life of white America in the aftermath of the Civil Rights revolution —Flaherty has chronicled scores of similar stories. But one entry in the comment thread, and the reaction to it, was really significant:

I noticed that the School Bus driver failed to intervene or notify the police. It is shockingly evident that we need to create a segregated public school system where the victims of racial violence are separated from their abusers…

This comment received a remarkable 868 positive votes.Fifty years after the Civil Rights Act, the sophisticated arguments of its opponents go undiscussed, but the simple reality that drove segregation seems to be winning it a new generation of supporters—albeit silent, for now.

From Selma to Birmingham to Detroit, the results of the Civil Rights revolution have been uniformly catastrophic.

The worst racial conflicts since the 1960s are being used to launch a new campaign of Leftist activism. But, although there has been little overt opposition, the election returns make clear that American whites just aren’t buying it.

How long will they continue to buy the Holiday?

  • MLK Day can’t be contained

Many Americans unquestionably thought that, if they just made this one symbolic concession of accepting Martin Luther King Day, they would then be left alone. (They probably think the same about homosexual “marriage.”) But it hasn’t worked out that way. Martin Luther King Day has simply become a staging area for the inculcation of more white guilt, above all in the classroom. Thus when my son Alexander was eight, he came home from public school early in January and told us that he’d been in some kind of play to dramatize an African American being turned away from a restaurant in the bad old days of the segregated South. In honor of Martin Luther King Day. Sort of like a Christmas Pageant. (Remember Christmas Pageants?)

The Connecticut Berkshires, where we lived, are a whitopia with absolutely no history of segregation whatsoever. Alexander was deeply puzzled. He was particularly impressed by the news that it was bad for policemen to use the word “boy.”

But this area of Connecticut was a hotbed of abolitionism. Those Connecticut farm boys joined up in vast numbers, and died in vast numbers, fighting to free the slaves. There was one famous regiment raised in Litchfield County: the 2nd Connecticut Heavy Artillery, which despite its name was an infantry regiment and which was shot to pieces at Cold Harbor.

There’s still a substantial blue collar population of colonial Yankee stock in northwestern Connecticut. The woman who cut my hair, the man who delivered my mail, had relatives who died in that battle. They were aware of it—but I have never heard any mention of it in the public schools.

I asked teachers about it, I asked the principals about it. None of them had ever heard of it, although they certainly had children in their classes whose ancestors were involved.

Those children could have been taught, even accepting the conventional Civil War morality play, that their forebears had done a noble thing. Instead, they were taught that they, whites, had oppressed blacks—even though their forebears had specifically not done so.

This goes to the issue of what we mean by a “Proposition Nation“. Maybe kids are being taught some kind of a “Proposition”, a national creed, in the public schools. But what is it?

Writ large, the result of this sort of brainwashing can be seen in the ludicrous spectacle of the Republican Establishment stampeding away from Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema just because he reposted on his FaceBook page an article from Jared Taylor’s American Renaissance called Confessions of a Public Defender, by “Michael Smith.”

It made no difference that Agema apparently picked up the AmRen story from the website of Black Republican and former Congressman Allen West, who wrote respectfully of it. Nor does it make any difference that Confessions is basically a straight description of scenes (admittedly dismaying) in heavily black courtrooms—bearing an unmistakable resemblance to scenes in Tom Wolfe’s 1987 best-seller Bonfire of the Vanities.

VDARE.com has defended Agema before, when he was under attack for being insufficiently enthusiastic about Muslim immigration. He didn’t resign then, and we hope he doesn’t resign now.

But the unfortunate reality is that debate about race has gone backward in the three decades that Martin Luther King Day has been celebrated—at least in part because of the emotionalism that it systematically exacerbates.

This emotionalism is not an accident. Just as the hyping of the Ferguson fiasco and the Trayvon Martin scam bear all the signs of a concerted campaign to rally the Left’s core voters, so the intensifying King Cult, and the regular Two-Minute Hates against race deviationists like John Derbyshire , Pat Buchanan, Frank Borzellieri, and James Watson, reflect the profound instability of American politics. As the Democratic Party tips away from whites, it can now only hope to form (to put it brutally) Obama-style Minority Occupation Governments. At all costs, the Left must keep the historic American nation from uniting before it is swamped by government-imposed non-traditional immigration—which it began to show alarming signs of doing (no thanks to the GOP leadership) in the 2010 and 2012 elections.

This comes naturally, because the Politically Incorrect fact is that neither the Left’s black, Hispanic or Jewish components have any strong tradition of free speech. The question is whether they can cow the historic American nation into accepting its subjugation.

Diversity is not strength: it is weakness. The celebration of a deeply-flawed figure l ike Martin Luther King was a confession of weakness, and the attempt to turn him into a national role model has required unsustainable myth-making. Perhaps in the future, Americans will be allowed to celebrate their own races’ heroes separately, just as Italian villages have different patron saints. Right now, however, the cost of the King cult to white America is too high.

Peter Brimelow [Email him] is the editor of VDARE.com. His best-selling book, Alien Nation: Common Sense About America’s Immigration Disaster , is now available in Kindle format.

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  1. JLK says:

    I’m sure he wasn’t a perfect man, as none of are, but listen to just the first few minutes of this speech on the Vietnam war and see how well his words match the situation today:

    I’ll celebrate his birthday today, and hope that we can find someone to stand up and be as eloquent as he was in this speech.

    • Replies: @Johnny Smoggins
  2. homahr says:

    If MLK day is abolished then it will more than likely be replaced by a holiday honoring an “Israeli” or some other jew

  3. A report which is reproduced in Watson and Markman’s Chief of Staff: Lyndon Johnson and His Presidency mentions that one of King’s principal advisors, Stanley Levison, was ‘a shrewd, dedicated communist’ who had ‘spent the major part of his life advancing communist interests.’

    King was apparently not the brightest of men. Levison told another King advisor that ‘under no circumstances should King be permitted to say anything without their approving it’ and that ‘King is such a slow thinker that he is usually not prepared to make statements without help from someone.’

  4. Hail says: • Website

    the wheel may turn around, and future generations may decide than [sic] that honoring King with a national holiday was a mistake.

    the cost of the King cult to white America is too high.

    I admire Peter Brimelow’s optimism; Is this a quasi-prediction that the King holiday will not exist as we now know it by, say, 2040?

    I’d like to believe this.

    (Alternatively, in some kind of separation scenario, would successor entity(ies) to the USA keep, or get rid of, the King holiday?)

    Yet a turn against the King Cult would be a big change, a lot bigger even than 2015-2016 MAGA. Not even loose-lipped Trump has ever said a word against Saint MLK.

    A general turn against MLK in coming decades by the b.1970s to b.2000s cohorts, who were raised entirely within the King Cult, would be on the order of the late 1980s’ revolt against communism in Eastern/Central Europe. Something hugely important but hard to predict in advance, because the system is so hegemonic.

  5. Hail says: • Website

    On a lighter note:

    • Agree: Mulegino1
  6. anarchyst says:

    Here are true stories about “icons” of the so-called “civil rights” movement . . .

    [MORE]

    There is much more to the “Emmett Till” story that is not widely known. Of course, killing him was wrong, (and made him into a “martyr” of the black “civil-rights” movement). but–it is not generally known that Emmett Till was a strapping young man of about 160 lbs.–NOT a “little boy” as some media types tried to portray him as. He was a known womanizer and attempted to take his cocky “Chicago ways” in dealing with women to the Deep South. He was sent to live with relatives in the South because his Chicago relatives could not handle him. He had a “cocky attitude” and bragged about “getting it on” with white women–not a good idea in the South. . . According to published accounts, Mr. Till did not just “whistle” at a white woman, but grabbed, manhandled and fondled a married white woman. In Southern culture, this was, and still is, the ultimate form of disrespect. Despite Mr. Till’s relatives’ attempts to spirit him “out of town” to avoid retribution by the woman’s relatives and townspeople, his cocky attitude “got in the way”, similar to the way that “young master Trayvon’s” attitude got him killed. Despite being given numerous “chances” to apologize for his behavior, he was defiant to the end. IF he had apologized for his behavior, he would still be alive today. In fact, one of his killers was a black man.
    It is interesting to note that Emmett Till’s father was executed by the U S military for multiple rapes. Maybe “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” . . .

    Rosa Parks was not the “ordinary” black woman that so-called historians made her to be. She was an organizer for the NAACP and was “planted” in order to advance the cause of black “civil-rights” to which she was successful.
    Approximately a year previous to Rosa Parks’ “bus ride” and refusal to vacate her seat, a REAL ordinary black woman did the same thing. This black woman received NO publicity or support from the NAACP or other black “civil-rights” organizations. You see, she was an unmarried black woman with children. According to the black civil-rights crowd, this would not do. They wanted someone who was “squeaky clean” without any “baggage”. In fact, the “white guy” sitting behind her was part of the “set-up”. He was a UPI reporter, contracted to “stage” the event…not only that, in the photo there is no one else on the bus. Ms. Parks could have sat wherever she wanted.
    Hence, Rosa Parks made (fabricated) history . . .

    Martin Luther (Michael) King was well-known for frequenting prostitutes, beating and abusing them while exclaiming that he “finally felt like a white man”. His own associates have stated as such. He also plagiarized his college papers and doctoral thesis. Of course, this was overlooked because of his status. King was also a communist.

    Jesse Jackson used to brag to his associates on how he would spit in the food of white patrons of the restaurant he worked at.

    There are many more fabrications of history that were used to lend “legitimacy” to the so-called “civil-rights” movement . . .

    More to come . . .

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  7. anon[165] • Disclaimer says:

    “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where ice people will be judged by the color of their skin not by the content of their character.”

    Sometimes dreams do come true, Martin…

    • LOL: Achmed E. Newman
  8. KenH says:

    The MLK file obviously contains much that would tarnish his manufactured legacy which is why they keep delaying it’s release. Even if his file is released it in 2027 it will probably be filled with redactions. MLK’s wife and surviving family members have parlayed MLK’s status as tin god of civil rights and multiculturalism into the ghetto lottery.

    The exchange that took place between Sam Donaldson and Reagan in 1983 wouldn’t be possible today and shows how much the press has been Sovietized since 1983. No TV newsperson is permitted to question King’s sainthood or cast aspersions on him and if they did they would never work again. Only fulsome praise of the black beast is allowed.

    Some conservatives, like Reagan, thought granting MLK a special holiday would mollify blacks and lead to racial amity, but it signaled to blacks that whites were weak and guilt ridden and they’ve just smelled more blood in the water since that time. Reagan was virtue signaling before it became cool on the kosher right.

    • Agree: RadicalCenter
  9. The current state of race relations sux. But I’m not nostalgic for Jim Crow. Perhaps MLK’s body of work does not merit the honor of a National Holiday. But it wouldn’t be because he was a Commie. Of course he was a Commie.

    I served under Johnson in the mid sixties. MLK’s take on the Vietnam war was SPOT ON. Today’s left does not deserve Martin Luther King. The attack on General Lee for example could only be undertaken by people both ignorant and hateful. Am I supposed to blame MLK for black thugs beating up a white kid on a bus?

    And I’ll take MLK any day over Lincoln . Lincoln suspended the Constitution so he could invade, conquer, occupy and annex the Confederacy. All that death and destruction to satisfy the imperialist ambitions of northern industrialists. The fucking Constitution died at Appomattox. Sans federalism it was already not the Constitution. If Washington is the father of the country Lincoln is the father of the empire. The same empire that committed mass murder in South East Asia in King’s day and later in the Middle East and North Africa.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  10. It’s good to see your writing on here again, Mr. Brimelow. I am proud to say that yesterday, while I was away on business, my wife woke my boy up and drove him to school. No, you’re right, nobody was there … so they turned around and got a few hours more sleep.

    I only thought about this BS holiday about 10 A yesterday myself. The wife is un-PC’d, and my boy just had memory lapse, as he is usually the one to remind us what’s going on.

    In December, he was telling me about the Kwanzai holiday as taught by the elementary school teacher, so I have an Ann Coulter article up in one browser window for him to read the next time he ever asks me about it.

    Teach your children well:

    • Replies: @Wally
  11. @WorkingClass

    AGREED about Lincoln, but there are thousands of other Americans from our history that have done much more to deserve a holiday named after them than this Commie race-agitator.* The creation of MILK day was indeed a sop to appease certain people, and as KenH wrote above, it didn’t do any good.

    .

    * Or, how about government essential workers just go to work that day, and non-essential government workers, being non-essential and all, just stay home … all year … without pay … or at least join the Office-to-Pool Hall pipeline as describe in Peak Stupidity’s “Feral Gov’t Shutdown … is that a threat, or a promise?”

    • Replies: @WorkingClass
  12. @anarchyst

    Regarding the Rosa Parks story, whether a set-up or not, “we’ve come a long way baby.” From black people not having their exact choices of bus seats, we’ve progressed immensely, to the point where white people are scared to ride the bus at all, leaving room for black people to sit anywhere they want on the whole bus… they don’t even have to pay, oftentimes.

    Just as the song we used to sing in those days went “We have Overcame”, now the buses have been overcome, and people of all colors and creeds get 7-year-term loans on used beaters in order to sit in traffic and watch those buses overcome them in the diamond lane.

    He had a dream; we’re living in a nightmare.

  13. Peoples who barely can tolerate each other when times are insanely good (that happens when one is willing to live high-on-the-hog via insane borrowing) have been shuffled together like a deck of playing cards.

    Can we even begin to imagine what that portends when this 50 year lurch into collectively insane optimism and “Everything-Is-Awesomeness” inevitably comes to an end?

    There hasn’t been a social-political-economic-financial boom in history that lasted forever, and the one spanning since at least the mid-1970’s is longer and higher than any previously recorded.

    Why does this feel like we figuratively live in Pompeii, and Mount Vesuvius has grown to Everest-sized proportion, belches only smoke (for now) and the ground keeps trembling beneath our feet?

  14. Robert E. Lee was a bad general. Just think Pickett’s Charge. Longstreet was much much more capable. But he was a Northerner, so they hated him.

    At least King accomplished something concrete. I guess you think it wrong that black people can eat in any restaurant they want now. But people with a brain don’t. So maybe you ought to think again.

    • Replies: @Wally
    , @KWSterling
    , @Sogy
  15. For your information, your buddies killed him, not because of his civil rights agitation, but just as soon as he started in with the union organizing.

    You don’t understand anything, do you?

  16. @Achmed E. Newman

    The creation of MILK day was indeed a sop to appease certain people, and as KenH wrote above, it didn’t do any good.

    Granted. So lets criticize the ass holes who created said holiday. Nobody asked MLK. He was dead. It was the “Great Society” cowards that decided to use children to do the hard work of integration. I’m talking about forced busing. I have a brother in law who taught in public schools in a Midwest city for thirty years. A federal judge was put in charge of the entire system. The result was white flight and the destruction of the public school system.

    Black people have never been on a level playing field. They went from Jim Crow to Affirmative Action. The liberals should have stopped at voting rights and equal protection.

    The same Liberals said to black women “you can have a check or a husband but you can’t have both.” By By black fathers. I have a nephew who was very bright and finished law school at the top of his class. He married an equally intelligent and educated woman. They visited my place in the country on a day that my dog was lying in the grass nursing a litter of pups. They began re-positioning mom and pups because they were “doing it all wrong”. Liberals!

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  17. Wally says:
    @obwandiyag

    We notice that you ignored the fact that the fake “Dr.” King plagiarized is Ph.D. dissertation.
    He was simply too stupid to do any heavy lifting himself.

    You ignore the fact that the fake “Dr.” was notorious for his violence against women.

    The sham ‘Michael King’, his real name, in addition to being another low IQ thug, is as phony as they come, a charlatan.

  18. Wally says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Indeed.
    ‘Kwanza’ was concocted by a deeply perverted sexual violence felon who lives in LA.

    And to think that some people take fake ‘Kwanza’ seriously.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  19. @WorkingClass

    Great comments, WC. I was very lucky to have avoided the whole busing thing. The AA is something one can’t avoid. Some people I know have been screwed directly, but others may not even know when or how much they’ve been screwed when it comes to Affirmative Action.

    Heh! on the puppy story.

  20. @Wally

    It sounds like people take Festivus more seriously than this made-up supposedly-African crap.

  21. JLK says:

    I think they should have named it “Civil Rights Day,” keeping it on his birthday. He was an important figure, but a lot of people gave their lives or otherwise suffered for civil rights, not only in the ’60s but during the early labor movement when the factory bosses would send in Pinkertons to crack heads.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  22. @JLK

    Whaaaa? Civil rights have been eviscerated. Show me one part of the US Constitution, Bill of Rights, that is still abided by. We need to get our civil rights BACK. Then, I’ll support your name for the holiday, JLK.

  23. @obwandiyag

    MLK didn’t accomplish squat by himself. If white people – in particular Democrats who saw the vote potential – hadn’t wanted to give blacks the Civil Rights bill, blacks would never have gotten it. Blacks themselves knew that without the help of whites, the approval of whites, they would never reach their goal. That’s why the organizers of Freedom Summer specifically courted whites to march with them. No minority ever achieves anything without the consent of the majority.

  24. @JLK

    “I’ll celebrate his birthday today, and hope that we can find someone to stand up and be as eloquent as he was in this speech.”

    …..or at least as eloquent as whoever wrote his speeches for him was.

    • Replies: @Truth
  25. Truth says:
    @Johnny Smoggins

    That wouldn’t be “eloquent”, Old Sport, that would be “literate.”

  26. Sogy says:
    @obwandiyag

    Yeah, yeah, Longstreet was a Yankee. Born in that New England state of south Carolina 🙂

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