It’s Time to Cancel Martin Luther King Day

Posted on Fri 08/09/2013 by


Burt PrelutskyBy Burt Prelutsky~

DrKingI realize that’s a provocative title, but let’s face it, as things stand, the third Monday of January would be better used to celebrate grandmothers or our beloved pets. By devoting a national holiday to Rev. King, we’re only highlighting the abyss that exists between his hope that we begin judging one another by our character rather than by our skin color and that inconvenient thing called reality.

As we saw during the entire Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman brouhaha, the majority of blacks see everything in terms of black and white. And why wouldn’t they when their so-called leaders, including the man in the Oval Office and the fellow heading up the Justice Department, see America in those same myopic terms?

Recently, when the white students at Georgia State University decided to start a White Student Union, judging by the cries of outrage from the usual suspects, you would have thought the Klan was back burning crosses in the middle of the night.

But why is it racist when white students do what black students have been doing for decades? At GSU, the racial breakdown is split nearly 50-50 between whites and blacks, so it’s not even as if there’s only a tiny handful of blacks who feel they have to cluster together, the way American tourist groups do in foreign countries.

Besides black student unions, we have black dorms, black lunch areas and even black graduations, not because whites are discriminating against blacks, but because blacks don’t object to segregation so long as they’re the ones doing it.

Imagine the outcry if Caucasian members of the House formed a Congressional White Caucus. But the Congressional Black Caucus has been around for a long time. And the members are so bigoted that when Stephen Cohen, who is white but represents Tennessee’s 9th congressional district, which is 59% black and only 36% white, applied for membership in the CBC, he was — how else can I say it? — blackballed.

In order to honor and promote their heritage and culture, many ethnic Americans form societies. There are those for Poles, Italians, Armenians, Chinese and, for all I know, even Canadians looking to preserve dullness. But racial groups are generally frowned upon in civilized circles. The mere thought of them conjures up the likes of Nazis, the Klan and the Aryan Nation. But once again, blacks think they should be the exception.

I just can’t help thinking that at a point when racism has nearly vanished from the hearts of white Americans, it has taken hold like a giant parasite in the soul of black America. That whirring sound you hear is Martin Luther King spinning in his grave.

Speaking of which, people who keep calling for Eric Holder’s dismissal are really beginning to bug me. It seems to me that if your steak arrives burnt and your baked potato arrives raw, you don’t blame the waiter; you blame the chef. That’s not to say that Holder isn’t a lousy waiter. But firing the waiter isn’t going to improve the disasters taking place in the kitchen.

As for the chef, he has said he’s very disappointed in Russia because they’ve given political asylum to Edward Snowden. I, for one, say he’s got his nerve. After all, he’s the punk who leaned over to President Medvedev and told him to tell his master, Vladimir Putin, that (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) he’d be a lot more flexible after he was re-elected.

So, why is anyone surprised that Putin decided to find out just how far a more flexible Obama was willing to bend over in order to accommodate Mother Russia?

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