by Gray Graham
I greatly respect and thank Dr. King for all the work that he did as a leader in the 60's during the Civil Rights Movement. but he did not do it all alone, Civil Rights was beyond just MLK. It was Malcolm, Fred Hampton, Bobby Hutton, Angela Davis, Thurgood Marshall, Medgar Evers, Adam Clayton Powell, Fannie Lou Hamer, and many many more people of all races.
There should not be a holiday dedicated to Dr. King. I do not believe he would have wanted such a thing and would have preferred a day to celebrate all of those that fight for the rights of others especially not able to do so themselves.
I know this is not a popular opinion and will cause me to lose a lot of followers. So be it. To me MLK day is a pacifier that makes Americans feel good about how “equal” we are when at the same time completely ignoring those who do not fit into the establishment.
We still live in a country where women are not equal to men, homosexuals are treated like they are not human beings, the prison system is filled with a majority of minorities, and our President and his wife are constantly mocked as being un-American, not that smart, and the other stereotypes Black people have suffered through for years. Half of the country thinks it is ok to pull someone over based on the color of their skin and the accent of their voice.
It is great and needed to recognize those of the past, but we must recognize everyone of the past while at the same time protecting the people of our present. Our civil rights are under constant attack today and we need to do everything we can to protect them for all if we want to keep them for ourselves.