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cantstandya Jan 16, 7:38 p.m.
lineIfDuty, I'm not disagreeing that the Blacks have had some obsticles to overcome but MLK and many whites have advocated for their cause also with no recognition,it seems if I were Black that I would question how the Hispanics arriving here in great numbers ended up with more rights than the Blacks who have as people say suffered for many years,I'm not a racist but still believe each of us has the same chance at prosperity as the next person and self application to advance yourself is a matter of choice and if one decides to do the work they will reap the benefits.
philster Jan 16, 7:36 p.m.
wHY IS THIS STORY STILL ON MY FRONT PAGE!!!!
unc70 Jan 16, 7:33 p.m.
Blacks were not the only group discriminated against by laws on the book.
These included Asians, non-Christians, non-Protestants, and the largest group, women.
Rather than fight among ourselves about who is taking from the other (while a few are really taken from all of us), we a better society of abundance.
Enough for each, much more for most.
bombayrunner Jan 16, 7:31 p.m.
what is interesting is how the US has this as a holiday, yet only some observe it. And there are ceremonies all over and for years I've never been invited or known the location of any of them.
unc70 Jan 16, 7:15 p.m.
Only a few whites have the real power. Most of the rest of us have little power and little opportunity to change that unless we realize that we are being manipulated by those with wealth and power to turn on each other and not join together to do what is best.
At the core of our problems is that terms like capitalism, markets, value, and the assumptions about them are wrong, and almost none of the common wisdom of R,D, Libs applies in today's information age.
Included in all that is nearly everything about banking, taxes, job creation, welfare.
bombayrunner Jan 16, 7:07 p.m.
"Im Irish American and my ancestors did not have no cake walk either but by hard work education and family values they survived and overcame obsticles on their own,no government handout or special attention .... cantstandya"
This is all very true, the Irish were very much hated when they came to the US ... the difference is, however, Blacks were the ONLY ones ever with laws on the books denying them equal rights ... like right up to 1964 (pretty sure on this date). And that is still pretty recent and sick.
boneymaroney13 Jan 16, 7:05 p.m.
Is society better off?
boneymaroney13 Jan 16, 7:04 p.m.
This day would have been bette srved as a national day off to VOTE!!! That way the working folks could go vote without the loss of pay.
trekkie13 Jan 16, 7:02 p.m.
Gil-Ann Wilder stated: "Dr. King was a Prince of Peace and one of God's prophets. If anyone that has ever lived on this earth deserves a day in remembrance, Dr. King does. I am also happy his statue stands proudly in Washington, DC and his painting hangs proudly in my office. His legacy will live on til the 'end of time' and there will never be another like Dr. King. I look forward to the day I can meet him in Heaven and shake his hand. He changed the course in history and God used him mightily to pave a better way of existence between blacks and whites."
I disagree. A man that considered himself a man of the cloth would not have the alleged morals that MLK had. This is a perfect example of the hero worship and deification that the liberal media made out of MLK.
bombayrunner Jan 16, 7:01 p.m.
"Dr. King was a Prince of Peace and one of God's prophets. If anyone that has ever lived on this earth deserves a day in remembrance, Dr. King does. ... wilder"
Problem is, we don't have days for prophets in this country -- its secular
Chairman of the Bored Jan 16, 6:55 p.m.
What a great day today was! Perhaps we should also have a day where we recognize NC ripped out people's innards because they were determined to be unworthy, a day where the elderly who don't have a driver's license are prohibited from voting, a day where those who do not own land are kept from being citizens of this state?
unc70 Jan 16, 6:55 p.m.
I am old enough to remember segregation well. But civil rights was not just about race, it was about discriminaton of all types.
Protestant work ethic. Justified exploitation of Irish girls in northern mills. Catholics like Jews and Blacks were restricted from owning property in many northern areas.
Slave vs Free states was really slave vs white only.
The slave trade was centered in Newport, RI. The wealth of New England came primarily from the slave traders. They then became the bankers, mill owners, capitalists.
See about the DeWolf family, "Inheriting the Trade"
Also www.slavenorth.com for things rarely taught in school, with info on each state.
And Rob Christensen's book "The Paradox of Tar Heel Politics",
I have posted more on these topics at other sites as unc70.
bombayrunner Jan 16, 6:44 p.m.
"This day will always remind me that certain people will never get over their hate of blacks. ...gandalla"
A good statement that probably goes both ways. Saw black and white southern folks have words in one of our diversity meetings at work. Jeepers 3 black ladys said just how much they hated ALL white people and one southern guy how much he hated the blacks ... being from out west -- was quite a sight.
The interesting thing was the 'younger' people black/white thought they were both nuts and seemed unaffected and told them all they didn't agree. I loved it.
SisterChristian Jan 16, 6:42 p.m.
Dr. King was a Prince of Peace and one of God's prophets. If anyone that has ever lived on this earth deserves a day in remembrance, Dr. King does. I am also happy his statue stands proudly in Washington, DC and his painting hangs proudly in my office. His legacy will live on til the 'end of time' and there will never be another like Dr. King. I look forward to the day I can meet him in Heaven and shake his hand. He changed the course in history and God used him mightily to pave a better way of existence between blacks and whites.
same ole story Jan 16, 6:40 p.m.
"This day will always remind me that certain people will never get over their hate of blacks." ~gandalla
What about Mr. Barbour's hate of whites? Or Jesse Jackson's hate of whites? Hate goes both ways...it would behoove you to keep that in mind.
EXCELLENT COMMENT!! YOU GET THE GOLD STAR TODAY!!!
bombayrunner Jan 16, 6:33 p.m.
"This day only brings out more hate and racism than peace. I mean, just look at the comments. Look at society. There should of never been a MLK day. .... One Good Dad"
I could agree with this totally, but who had the guts to disagree with it once it was suggested. Would have been political suicide! Laws are passed all the time and we don't have a national holiday over the people who initiated them. Now that the day is here -- whats it all for when all folks do is stir up things folks wanted to bury.
cantstandya Jan 16, 6:28 p.m.
Im Irish American and my ancestors did not have no cake walk either but by hard work education and family values they survived and overcame obsticles on their own,no government handout or special attention,thats what most other ethnic groups and many Blacks did without the preaching of MLK and his speeches always seem to make as if the whole world and members of every other race were holding his followers down it was never their own fault,
bombayrunner Jan 16, 6:24 p.m.
"...lets be real here he was and advocate for the Black race and that was his primary goal .."
You are dead wrong, the Black race just had the most to gain from his efforts. The genious behind his message was the wide scope and this drew interest from a non-black audience. Else he'd be just another whooting-hooting orator.
vraptor Jan 16, 6:24 p.m.
MLK was a great man. I wish certain people would listen to his words. It is up to you to make something of yourself.
One Good Dad Jan 16, 6:20 p.m.
This day only brings out more hate and racism than peace. I mean, just look at the comments. Look at society. There should of never been a MLK day.
Alex25 Jan 16, 6:20 p.m.
Civil Rights holiday, maybe......but NOT a MLK Day.
bombayrunner Jan 16, 6:18 p.m.
the man wasn't about 'race', he was about all people treating and loving each other equally. His message was so simple but it took this remarkable person's skills in communication to get people to absorb the message. People that would otherwise not listen.
residentialentertainment Jan 16, 6:18 p.m.
Need a Dale Earnhardt Holiday ASAP!!
Alex25 Jan 16, 6:16 p.m.
Are you an African-American...or are you an American.......
cantstandya Jan 16, 6:15 p.m.
I'm sure he is a hero to many but come on gays,womens rights the handicapped,lets be real here he was and advocate for the Black race and that was his primary goal to keep showering his memory with tails of greatness for all causes is alittle over the top,I was around back then and none of these other issues were even brought up,this is how fables get started,keep telling the story and eventually people start to believe them.
Alex25 Jan 16, 6:14 p.m.
Go to work. This is not work and productivity.
bombayrunner Jan 16, 6:10 p.m.
malcom-x was also a good guy, his book was enlightening. returns from mecca and realizes muslims are of all races and color ... sees the light and they kill him for it.
SisterChristian Jan 16, 6:03 p.m.
Fantastic job Adrian!!!! Gave me chills. I am so happy we honor Dr. King with this day. He was a prophet and will never EVER be forgotten!
bombayrunner Jan 16, 5:57 p.m.
listening to the radio .. still some folks dragging out the past. So many past that for folks to continue dragging it out all the time.
and the man's words were much bigger than those that followed him as a civil rights leader. He was much more than that -- and "THAT" is what made him so special.
seeingthru Jan 16, 5:46 p.m.
I get so sick of this every year, man
RKBA Jan 16, 5:40 p.m.
"Really? I'll take every paid holiday I can get."
Life at the government trough.
flashsparks Jan 16, 5:30 p.m.
"There are holidays that I don't care for either, like every Sunday for instance, but you won't catch me whining about it on a news site."
Really? I'll take every paid holiday I can get.
flashsparks Jan 16, 5:29 p.m.
"True story: Dr. King did more to advance civil rights in the U.S.A. than Jesus."
Who was Dr. King's mentor? Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.
joe-pa hanging with lucifer Jan 16, 5:25 p.m.
"True story: Dr. King did more to advance civil rights in the U.S.A. than Jesus."
Perhaps that could be because Jesus has never directly preached in the U.S.A not to mention he did his walkabouts a couple thousand years before Martin came along.
scifion Jan 16, 5:13 p.m.
>>"Some people just have a need to praise false idols"
True story: Dr. King did more to advance civil rights in the U.S.A. than Jesus.
scifion Jan 16, 4:56 p.m.
>>"I grew up during the MLK days and for every fire he put out he started another one."
Did Rosa Parks take your favorite seat? It's easy to condemn anti-establishment behavior if you reside comfortably within the safe confines of the establishment.
Offshore Jan 16, 4:43 p.m.
"reverse racism"? what is that? I figure racism is racism, it didn't matter who was imposing it. In a dictionary:"Discriminatory or abusive behavior towards members of another race"
MLK was leading a front to dissolve racism, develope color blindness in a way. Life is what you make of it, if you don't dream and persue your dream, it's your fault. It doesn't matter what color the skin. If you want something bad enough, you'll do what it takes.
Happy MLK Day. Dare to Dream
nowon_yuno Jan 16, 4:43 p.m.
I guess the mod didnt like my reply to kristonite comment about reverse racism and the balance of power. I said she needed to stop making excuses. If people like Russel Simmons, Herman Cain(for better or worse), Bill Cosby, et al actually believed that they would have stopped before they even got started. Once you think you cant win, you dont. To quote a great Canadian, you will miss 100% of every shot you dont take.
u stand corrected Jan 16, 4:37 p.m.
Come on people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together, try to love one another right now... :)
scifion Jan 16, 4:25 p.m.
>>"Besides the inconveniences of certain businesses, such as banks being closed and government departments being shut down no they are not."
Would you like me to send you a calendar so you can plan accordingly, or do you think you can maybe take care of that yourself from now on? There are holidays that I don't care for either, like every Sunday for instance, but you won't catch me whining about it on a news site.
joe-pa hanging with lucifer Jan 16, 4:15 p.m.
"BTW boxtruck is back, no one is forcing you to observe today.."
Besides the inconveniences of certain businesses, such as banks being closed and government departments being shut down no they are not.
Offshore Jan 16, 3:32 p.m.
krystonite: that's an interesting statement, not exactly true, but interesting.
bjm011366 Jan 16, 3:27 p.m.
I like what "Don't Preach" has to say. BTW boxtruck is back, no one is forcing you to observe today..
Maybe Next Time Michele Jan 16, 3:22 p.m.
The young man pictured in the story did such a wonderful job reciting the speech. I was blown away with his passion and how he delivered it. He will be successful in his endeavours.
flashsparks Jan 16, 2:56 p.m.
"The only thing whites did was exploit free labor by brutality."
NOT ALL WHITES. And let's not forget that many African tribes were complicit in slave trading. They often captured their African enemy tribes and sold them to Europeans. There's lots of blame to go around.
Perhaps the moderator will post this comment as the last half-dozen and not made it through.
dont_preach Jan 16, 2:44 p.m.
it’s important for everyone to remember that today is a celebration, a remembrance and a tribute of what the power of unconditional love for all human’s (red, yellow, black, & white..they’re all precious in his sight) can accomplish in our world….and even more so, to show love toward our enemies and adversaries as a way to eradicate hate, racism, and injustices against humanity.
justaconservativeguy Jan 16, 2:36 p.m.
Well said warrior lover.
Reverse racism is not a myth. It does not help anyon.
michaelclay Jan 16, 2:34 p.m.
flashsparks, yes, true Spaniards are White. They are from Spain which is in Europe. Most of the so called Spanish people in North and South America are from those continents but were conquered by the country of Spain. Kind of like South Africa.
primalinstinct1 Jan 16, 2:34 p.m.
Equality is not something you force upon others. Equality is not based on color of skin or race. Equality is not power held by one group over another. Equality can only be achieved when all seek the same results regardless of where they started from.
trekkie13 Jan 16, 2:30 p.m.
krystonite, while it may not be politically correct to point out but the fact is that this nation was formed and founded by white people and settled by the vast majority white people. So by default whites are going to have been in power. That is by no means justifying the evils of slavery or Jim Crow. It is just stating fact.
Published: 2007-10-05 09:38:00
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