Today America honors Dr. Martin Luther King. After watching Rachel Maddow give an informative and accurate monologue on the racists, including Ronald Reagan who signed the law, who opposed establishing his birthday as a holiday, I cannot overlook the other holidays that this country celebrates. While King was vilified as a communist sympathizer for his anti-Veitnam War stance no one deals with what other holidays honor in America. For example, President's Day honors George Washington, a slave owner, Thomas Jefferson, a slave owner and child molester, and Abraham Lincoln who married a woman whose family traded slaves. None of that applies to King. Or consider Columbus Day in honor of Christopher Columbus a notorious murderer, rapist, and thief. None of that applies to King.
So one must ask what other holidays does America celebrate which actually honors something of moral high-ground? Well, there is Veterans' Day and Memorial Day, okay. How about the Fourth of July? We won our war with Britain and established a free country but a free country which had begun the genocide of the real inhabitants, American Indians, of America and had been engaged in slavery since 1619. Then of course we must include the religious holidays of Easter and Christmas in which we celebrate a religion based on myth and legend. And finally there is Thanksgiving, a day we celebrate according to American "history" as a day when the new settlers sat down with Indians and had a meal and gave thanks for their coming prosperity or whatever. No one ever talks about the genocide of those same Indians that followed.
I guess in the end the only holiday I can really respect is MLK because it honors reality and not lies.
Comments to think about.