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MLK Day

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  • Independent
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    I think MLK ranks near the top of list of most influential figures that brought about great possible change which is EXACTLY what has made America great today, not was great.

    I would like to point out something that is mostly overlooked about King and equal rights movement. MLK was key to preventing a racial civil war. He lead the equal rights movement through civil disobedience with #1 priority of non-violence. Given human history for using violence to handle racial problems, it rationally it would have been much easier for the black community to raise up, organize, and use violence as a method to force change. MLK could have been a militant leader of millions of blacks willing to kill and die to get equal rights, and if MLK had pursued that approach, America would have entered into a racial war where Blacks started blowing up White Churches as revenge, hanging innocent white people just to make a point that for over 100 years innocent black families were hang. How long such a racial war would have last, and how many people would have died, will never been known, as well as end results of racial war. What we can be thankful for is it never happened, and it was not because White people decided do the right thing, it was because the MLK convinced the black community that non-violence would get them what they wanted\needed\deserved. MLK and the black community prevented a racial war, not white people. They did the right thing, Mainstream American sided with the black community largely because the the equal right movement did not use violent methods to force change, it was civil disobedience and nonviolence that brought about chance.

    trump has no understanding of history, and most importantly, who he is as person, he considers minorities and minority leaders to be losers. It is in his DNA, he can not change how he views them any more than he can change the color of his eyes.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    The history of the MLK Day is a reminder that bigotry today often carries a heavy price:

    the first Martin Luther King holiday was held in Illinois in 1973

    in 1983, Reagan signed legislation authorizing the holiday

    in 1986, the Federal holiday goes into effect

    in 1987, Governor Evan Mechem rescinded MLK Day in Arizona (he was impeached on April 4, 1988 after a little more than a year in office)

    in 1991, the NFL moved the 1993 Superbowl from Phoenix to Pasadena due to Arizona's boycott of the holiday

    in 1992, Arizona voters voted to enact MLK Day again (the NFL got their attention in 1991)

    in 1996, the Superbowl was held in Tempe, Arizona -

    in 2015, the Superbowl was held in Glendale, Arizona

    (if SB 1070 had not been struck down, Arizona would have lost this Superbowl and its $720 million economic benefit

    in 2000, New Hampshire and Utah FINALLY recognized MLK Day as a paid holiday

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Kenosha, WI
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    With all this being said, it's not just Trump who has a problem, as we've seen in Charlottesville, we have a very long way to go in the matter of race relations and equality for all. The hate in America continues to be a problem for us.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Dockadams Wrote: With all this being said, it's not just Trump who has a problem, as we've seen in Charlottesville, we have a very long way to go in the matter of race relations and equality for all. The hate in America continues to be a problem for us.
    Stupidity is baked in; it already started by eradicating the Indians; just this year we have for the first time an "Indian" representative in the Government . I guess there is no shame.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Four years ago on Martin Luther King Day (January 19, 2015) I wrote a blog article on this website, When Fear and Hate Rules Our Minds. It was largely directed at the white racist hate and fear of President Obama at the time, but four years later little has changed. With Donald Trump as president, hate and fear have become more exasperated and more overt.
  • Independent
    Washington
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    Schmidt Wrote: Four years ago on Martin Luther King Day (January 19, 2015) I wrote a blog article on this website, When Fear and Hate Rules Our Minds. It was largely directed at the white racist hate and fear of President Obama at the time, but four years later little has changed. With Donald Trump as president, hate and fear have become more exasperated and more overt.

    By being elected he has been empowering racists and homophobic attitudes.

    To be clear and fair, every normal person have some bigoted attitudes. What is bad is that Trump openly suggests that it is acceptable to be a bigot . Trump would say it this way: "There is nothing wrong with being a racist, just don't be a bad racist" or "There are good racists and there are bad racists".

    And according to trump, Noboby loves minorities more he does. He even hires them to clean his toilets in Trump Tower.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”-- Martin Luther King Jr.

    That's one of my favorites. Any others?

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Trump spent 2 minutes at the MLK memorial and left. I could have spent more time than that thinking of what he stood for. If he were alive today, he could give direction and advice to those seeking to further his civil rights causes, he was a remarkable leader. I'm sure he would have said something about Charlottesville, and Trump's ignorance.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Dockadams Wrote: Trump spent 2 minutes at the MLK memorial and left. I could have spent more time than that thinking of what he stood for. If he were alive today, he could give direction and advice to those seeking to further his civil rights causes, he was a remarkable leader. I'm sure he would have said something about Charlottesville, and Trump's ignorance.
    Yes, I saw the "2 minutes"; I also saw about 20 secret service members and body guards as well Trump's lapdog Pence. Trump was even too lazy to place the reef. This should be an clip for the"history books" for sure. No respect whatsoever or decency in this W.H.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    I went to the internet to find Trump's visit to the Martin Luther King memorial and instead this popped up --

    PBS, January 15, 2018: On MLK Day, U.S. grapples with furor over Trump’s words

    Except, note the date. The article was from one year ago when Trump was in the news for blasting "shithole countries".

    Oh and he was also out golfing on MLK Day. No golfing this year.