This is a (UPDATED POST) from last year that I originally posted on my Facebook page on January 20, 2014.
As the saying goes you can always tell when a Holiday or Festival has become mainstream or commercialized, because the name changes to something it wasn’t originally which is the case with what happen with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Which later was shortened to ‘MLK’ over the years due to its commercialization. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday has become commercialize since it was first celebrated in January 1986 as a federal holiday. Dr. Martin Luther King Day, basically has become commercialize just like all the Cauc-Asians (Caucasians) holidays are. So really in actuality what is known now to most people as ‘MLK’ Day is just another Euro-Asian (Eur-Asian) holiday. This is why no African here in America should ever want their name observed for a National holiday, because all it’s going to become eventually is commercialize and disrespected and not represented and respected in the way it should be. Because Cave people i.e. Caucasians sole purpose is to make money from it for their own personal gain and agenda. That’s where the King family and others went wrong in wanting the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. name observed for a National holiday.
Now mind you I don’t celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Holiday), and I haven’t in a long time, because as I begin to see over the years ‘Martin Luther King Jr. Day’ as a contradiction for what it was, along with the propaganda that came with it and with the consequences that follow that further hurt African Americans. As a result of so-called Integration that became legalized 51 years ago when the (Civil Rights) act was signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. In legally making integration national, it did not benefit or stop the further suffering, mistreatment and disrespect of African Americans in the United States and or the humiliation, embarrassment, and the constant terrorizing of African Americans and murder, which basically just came with having overall injustice period. Also at the end of the day integration only made things worser for us as African people here in America, especially when it came from an economic and wealth stand point. I posted this post to make a point that this is what happens when African Americans demand to have one of their own prominent figures name observed as a National holiday in order to be accepted and acknowledge by European Americans, which only later becomes assimilate into their society and culture. Which many African Americans fail to realize is when you ask for this ? and get this. It eventually becomes Americanized, water down and Commercialized into something European and it is no longer seen at least in my eyes ever again as an African holiday or apart of your culture, but as someone else’s holiday and culture, but then again really in actuality ‘Martin Luther King Jr. Day,’ was never really an African holiday but an American holiday.
Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. But the King holiday is marked on the third Monday in January.
Representative John Conyers introduced the first motion to make Dr. King’s birthday a federal holiday in 1968, just four days after Dr. King’s assassination in Memphis.
It took another 11 years to the federal holiday to come up for a vote on the House of Representative’s floor in 1979. The bill needed a two-thirds majority to pass, but it fell five votes short with a 252-133 count, despite a strong organizational effort from the King Center, and support from Congress members and President Jimmy Carter.
The holiday’s supporters regrouped and intensified their efforts. Musician Stevie Wonder helped in 1981 by releasing the song “Happy Birthday” to promote the holiday. (He would later sing it at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial dedication in 2011).)
The King Center kept up its efforts. It organized a march on Washington that included an estimated 500,000 people. Coretta Scott King, along with Wonder, presented a petition signed by 6 million people to House leader Tip O’Neill.
The House took up the bill in 1983 and it passed by 53 votes. Democrats O’Neill and Jim Wright, along with Republicans Jack Kemp and Newt Gingrich, gave speeches supporting the King holiday.
But getting the bill passed in the Senate would be contentious. Senator Jesse Helms of North Carolina openly opposed it. At first, Helms introduced a filibuster, and then he presented a 400-page file that accused Dr. King of being a communist.
Senator Ted Kennedy criticized Helms and Senator Daniel Moynihan called the document “filth” and threw it on the Senate floor.
Despite Helms, the bill passed the Senate by 12 votes–even South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond voted in favor of the King holiday.
President Ronald Reagan signed the bill in November 1983. The first federal King holiday was celebrated in 1986.
It took longer for the 50 states to adopt the holiday. By 1986, 17 states had already adopted it. But there was strong resistance in Arizona to passing a state holiday.
The fight between state legislators came to a head when the King holiday was put up for an Arizona voter referendum in November 1990.
At that point, entertainers had started boycotting the state in protest, and the National Football League threatened to move the 1993 Super Bowl from Tempe if the holiday was defeated at the polls.
The King holiday lost in a two-part voter referendum and the NFL made good on its threat, taking the Super Bowl to Southern California and costing the state an estimated $500 million in revenue.
Arizona voters approved the King holiday two years later.
There was also a fight in South Carolina over the holiday. It was one of the last states to approve a paid King holiday for state employees in 2000.
The state’s governor had tried to link the holiday to a commitment to allow the state house to fly the Confederate battle flag. Instead, he signed a bill that approved the King holiday along with a Confederate Memorial Day celebrated in May.
By 2000, all 50 states recognized the King birthday as a government holiday.
These are some of the examples above that I spoke about in another post, when having a ‘Negro Mentality.’ http://wp.me/p2s6ra-6B (Foxy White Liberals And Token Negro Leaders)
http://wp.me/p2s6ra-6o (What Does The Word Yurugu Mean ?)
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