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Martin Luther King's Birthday isn't a second class holiday

Martin Luther King was a great American & a great human being & should be honored by all Americans regardless of their racial background

Monday the 21st of January is Martin Luther King's birthday. It is a shame that it is still mostly a black holiday. It is a national holiday, but work places will give the day off, usually be special request submitted in advance, for no pay. It is understood that Black people might want the day off & are given that option. I am white & somehow feel that if I ask for that day off, I would be viewed as a slacker who just wants to capitalize on a chance to grab a day off. That is the mindset of White dominated America. Why is Martin's birthday a second class holiday? He was a great American. His Birthday is not a Black Holiday. It is an American Holiday.

 

To be willing to go, where the brave dare not go,

To be willing to march into Hell for a Heavenly cause.


That was his quest,

to follow that star,

no matter how hopeless, no matter how far,

to be willing to give, when there's no more to give,

to be willing to die, so that honor & justice may live.


And the world will be better for this.

That one man, scorned & cover with scars,

still strove with his last ounce of courage,

to reach the unreachable stars.

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michael mirra January 17, 2013 at 12:21 AM
I thank the New Port Richey patch for publishing this post. I feel it is meaningful & am glad you let me share it. I also posted it on Patch of Plainview, NY. & that patch rejected it. That tells me that little New Port Richey, Florida can hold it's head up high with pride as being more open minded than Plainview, NY that prides itself on being advanced, cosmmopolitan & open minded. New Port Richey, Florida proved itself to be the truely open minded & advanced community.
Alex Tiegen January 17, 2013 at 12:57 AM
You're welcome.
michael mirra January 20, 2013 at 01:43 PM
At work today I saw an illustration of what I posted about. They put up a memorial tribute to Martin Luther King. The title of the Tribute was AFRICA-AMERICAN HISTORY. If Martins dream had been realized, the title would have read AMERICAN HISTORY.
michael mirra January 20, 2013 at 01:47 PM
My herritage is from parents born in America, decended from roots on Italy. I'm not Italian-American. I am America.
TBL35 January 20, 2013 at 05:57 PM
I agree it's treated as a 2nd class holiday. Not even all public offices are closed for MLK day.

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