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How Much Time Do You Spend Reflecting On Recognized Holidays?

Since yesterday was MLK Day, did you spend any time whatsoever reflecting on the special meaning behind the day that is recognized as a holiday by our entire country, or did you just relish in having an extra day off school/work?

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Miami-Gal Miami-Gal 10 years
I really loved his I have a dream speech. It was beautiful and I agree when people like Sharpton and Jackson get up and preach to black people and say it is "our" people blah blah, they need to go back to reading his speech. One fact our schools do not teach is MLK was a closet commie. A fact I learned a few years back when I was asked to write an editorial on him based on a preliminary writing I did on his speech.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
Blue Jeanie, While rhe women's organization you worked for may have had that agenda, atleast from its actions, I can't say the NOW does. It may have that as a goal or a philosophy, but when I see the news articles about what NOW is doing it usually makes me more mad than happy...
bluejeanie bluejeanie 10 years
martini queenie~ i worked for a women's organization in college and all of my co-workers wanted a world where our organization wasn't necessary. why else would we work so hard? it seems kind of strange to assume that the people in the organizations you mentioned WANT a world with inequality in it.
martini-queenie martini-queenie 10 years
Silver, I see what you're saying, however it seems to me that your problems may arise less from Dr. King and more from the modern "equality" movements which have little to nothing to do with equality. Sadly, the modern proponents of equality, groups like the NAACP (sidenote: isn't it time they updated their acronym???)or NOW etc, are dependant upon inequality to keep them in a job. To this end, it is in their better interests to recognize people for the color of their skin rather than the content of their character, which lends itself to a lot of the affirmative action things you speak to. Point being, you can't neccessarily associate Dr King with the people who claim to follow his work.
bluejeanie bluejeanie 10 years
i thought about it quite a bit. still thinking about it. i did some reading on environmental racism yesterday. i wish i knew what i could do about it, other than just vote and continue writing letters. i went to the science museum because it was free and there was an amazing race exhibit. it showed how race is a social concept, not a biological one and then the next half was on race in america. it was good but sort of a repeat of my american racial multicultural studies classes in college.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
I thought about it for a second. His I have a dream speech crossed my mind. All he did to help bring our contry togteher crossed my mind. Then all of the bad stuff crossed my mind. I am not a hater, or a racist, so I hope this doesn't offend anyone, but, my mom and dad were treated badly when they were integrated into different schools. and living in the city, I am treated like dirt by those that would have benefited from the equality Mr. Martin Luther King JR longed for. I am also looked over for scholarships, entry to college, and jobs for these same reasons, so, although I am happy with what he initally meant by his speech, I can't say that it has helped foster the same peaceful, equality mind set it was meant to. I treat everyone one the same, no matter race, origin, sexual orientation, etc. I work in a big city where I am the minority in that I am from the United States. It doesn't bother me at all and I am infact enjoying learning about the different cultures and religions as there is a large representation of the Mulsim and Hindu religions. But, I must say, the people I work with treat me far better than most if not all of the people I come across that MArtin Luther King JR was trying to help... I'm all in.
Masqueraded_Angel Masqueraded_Angel 10 years
I definitely gave some thought to the meaning behind this holiday, seeing as how my son is bi-racial. When he gets older it will definitely be a holiday to educate him about.
vanyvrgs vanyvrgs 10 years
Between Ghandi and him I cannot say who is my favorite inspirational figure so I did spend a while discussing with anyone that would listen the importance of the day and even watched a documentary on the civil rights movement.
lickety-split lickety-split 10 years
we do actually. yesterday we listened to the "i have a dream" speech the the girls and talked about what it meant. my girls were shocked that a black person had never been president (or a woman). we talked about the color of skin coming from your parents and that you don't choose your parents or your skin color. about all people having feelings and hope for their children to have a better life than they had. last columbus day i went into a bit about "why do we celebrate this day" with dh and kelly (middle child age 7) was listening. the next day in class they were talking about it and the teacher said "why do we celebrate columbus day" about every kid said "he discovered america". kelly said "no actually he didn't he was just the first white guy here". when some of the kids disagreed with her kelly said "if i go to your house and say 'look what i found! this is my house'" does that mean i discovered it?" lol, wish i could have been there for that one. the teacher said nothing (she's young and floats where needed) but kelly said she got this smile on her face that she gets when a kid gives the right answer.
angelbaby2 angelbaby2 10 years
i thought about it as hubby and I visitied the place in Memphis back in Sept where MLK was shot-the civil rights museam-that is one place that everyone should visit-very moving and tells a good story on what the struggle was all about.
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