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By
Robert Namer
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October 11, 2021

     THE HOUSE PASSED LEGISLATION THAT WOULD ADD THE MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. HOLIDAY TO THE LIST OF NINE FEDERAL HOLIDAYS ON WHICH AMERICANS ARE ENCOURAGED TO DISPLAY THE UNITED STATES FLAG.  THE FEDERAL HOLIDAYS CURRENTLY IN THE FLAG CODE ARE NEW YEAR'S DAY, WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY, MEMORIAL DAY, INDEPENDENCE DAY, LABOR DAY, Columbus DAY, VETERANS DAY, THANKSGIVING DAY AND CHRISTMAS DAY.

     WHY?  THERE ARE NINE OTHER FEDERAL HOLIDAY'S THAT APPLY GENERICALLY TO ALL RACES.  WHY SHOULD THERE BE A HOLIDAY FOR BLACKS?  SOME WOULD SAY THAT ISN'T THE CASE, BUT EVERYONE KNOWS WELL THAT "MLK" DAY IS A BLACK HOLIDAY.

     WHILE SOME MAY PRAISE THE FACT THAT THERE IS AN "MLK" DAY, IN REALITY IT'S AN  INSULT TO BLACKS.  ANOTHER UNEARNED COMMEMORATION OR GIFT.  THE GESTURE IS NO MORE THAN THE GIVING OF BEADS AND TRINKETS TO APPEASE BLACK'S AND/OR AN ATTEMPT TO CLEANSE WHITE'S PAST ACTS OF DISCRIMINATION.  UNFORTUNATELY, IT DOES NOT FEED, EDUCATE OR TAKE ONE BLACK CHILD OUT OF POVERTY.

     BEFORE ANY RACE OF PEOPLE CAN PROSPER, THEY HAVE TO FIRST HAVE  SELF PRIDE AND SELF-RESPECT.  YOU CAN'T DO THAT WITHOUT HONEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS.  RESPECT IS EARNED, NOT GIVEN OR DEMANDED.  IT'S MORE IMPRESSIVE TO END UP FIFTH PLACE IN A RACE OF 10, THAN GET A MEDAL FOR THIRD PLACE IN A RACE OF THREE.  IT'S BEST TO BE LAST OF THE BEST, THAN FIRST OF WORST.

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