Thursday, March 30, 2017

Recognize racism where it exists and make example of it.

Day (officially Birthday of Martin Luther KingJr.) is an Americanfederal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is aroundKing's birthday, January 15. The holiday is similar to holidays set under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.

Federal Holidays (click here)

2017 Federal Holidays
  • Holiday
  • New Year's Day
    January 2*
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    January 16
  • George Washington’s Birthday
    February 20*
  • Memorial Day
    May 29
  • Independence Day
    July 4
  • Labor Day
    September 4
  • Columbus Day
    October 9
  • Veterans Day
    November 10*
  • Thanksgiving Day
    November 23
  • Christmas Day
    December 25

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a birthday holiday. President's Day is a birthday holiday. There is some resistance in the USA to discriminate against birthdays that are national holidays. If businesses recognized Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a holiday for their employees, then President's Day would have to be remembered as well. FOR THE RECORD, I find President's Day an insult to our history.

That stated, there are some folks that believe if President's Day is celebrated than there is an obligation to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. In that case the business celebrates neither.

Then there are the businesses that recognize President's Day, but, not Martin Luther King, Jr. Day because after all he was never a President. That is true, but, the fact he wasn't a President, but, had the leadership of the minority communities in the USA he is a pivotal figure as was George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

We honor the minority populations in the country with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day because we know for a fact they have suffered IN OUR LIFETIMES. There is still racism in the USA and it needs to end, but, it isn't going to end if businesses hold themselves in different esteem than government AND THE PEOPLE.

Recently, "Chase" Bank ran an incredible campaign and featured nothing but African Americans in photos in their banks. Everyday African Americans and celebrities to bring more of an interest by minority populations and exert tolerance with all their customers. It was a magnificent campaign; conducted without asking; and I thank "Chase" Bank.

So, what happened to Martha Stewart Living?

This is Martha's personal calendar which she features in her magazine every month. This is "Marths's Winter." 

On January 16, 2017 Martha celebrated birthdays, but, not Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. She celebrated "Sister Kathy's and friend Kate Berry's birthdays. 

In February, she celebrated Groundhog's Day and low and behold Presidents' Day. On Presidents' Day she "Order summer bulb." 

This is racism. Recognize it and call it out.

The politics of the Republican Party embrace racism and value it's power.