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Updated on January 19, 2015

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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January 19th is a Federal Holiday!

January 19th is a federal holiday! What't this holiday for other than a day off and a time for you to celebrate? The banks will be closed, mail will not be delivered, schools are out; and every government office will be closed. Everyone who has this holiday off is happy!

January 19th is the day that is being celebrated for Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday. Some of us don't care what the holiday is as long as you don't have to got to work or school etc.. We care about Halloween, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, Mother's Day and Valentine's Day. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday holds no more meaning than a paid day off. However, we should question why so many fought for his birthday to become a holiday.

We as a country need to understand why history is so important. History illustrates where we have been and if there has been any change. What is so important about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Black Panther Party and the NAACP and all the organizations that fought, for things that we take for granted: Equality for all Americans was not a right or privilege. The opportunity to vote, to read a book, go to school, use a public rest room, and ride in the front of the bus was denied to the Negro.

I hear many in society state that's in the past....."Is it really in the past?" Are lynching's in the past? Are being gunned down for being caught (BB) being Black in the past? I beg of you to learn your history, because your history is happening all over again. The point of history is to learn from the past to prevent it from happening again.

Do you realize Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. doctrine was one of non-violence, peaceful resistance? He felt by showing the world by marching for all the injustices Blacks endure would shame America into treating Blacks as American citizens.During these marches, people had dogs attack them, water hoses from fire hydrants unleashed upon the marchers, churches were bombed, and members of the marchers beaten on national television. It was very, very humiliating, degrading and overwhelming for these activists to engage in changing America's view on Blacks. To join these marches meant these members didn't know if they would return to his or her loved ones because being killed was a real possibility. Yet these incredible pioneers could no longer sit back and allow America to treat them as property.

Everyone wants to quote Dr. Martin Luther King's, Jr. about "Going to the mountain top and having a dream!" It was/is more to having a dream it is also realizing your dream. America is brilliant, Black leaders are chosen for us; the news is explained to us. For example, the media constantly created hostility between Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. Martin Luther King was the better choice for Blacks because his agenda was non-violence versus El Hagg Malik El Shabazz (Malcolm X) was for defending yourself "by any means necessary."

All I am asking of you is to at least know the reason for the holiday. I also have a dream. I was raised to defend myself, when I joined the military I was taught to defend a country the hated me because of my skin color. What most people don't understand about America is its alliance is to money and property. In many Black and Hispanic communities if a shooting, burglary or any type of violence occurs; the community knows when calling for help they must state property is being vandalized or burned to receive immediate help Property is more valuable than a life!

In the movie, "The Godfather," the message was clear, "Keep the drugs in the darkies community, they are animals anyway, let them lose their souls!" Guess what you can go anywhere in America and the drugs are in the Black communities. Not only that the most violent streets are named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. It is time to teach the history of America. America does not believe in non-violence. America was founded on violence and it continues. My six year old niece has Monday off from school, I explained to her why and she said several times angrily "that isn't fair. I explained segregation, the one drop of blood rule, and I asked her do remember when I went to vote, she said yes. I told her before the Civil Rights Movement the Blacks were not allowed to vote. Again, she angrily stated, "That's not fair!" If a six year old can understand this surely America understands their hypocrisy.

My whole point is to please know history, because our history is "coming home to roost as Malcolm X stated." Black life doesn't matter.....but we are celebrating our paid day off! Really where is you respect for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

It's time to wake up.......look around you and understand it is open season on Blacks with no justice. What year is this you say 2015



We All Want to Be Treated As Americans

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      @ikepius 

      3 years ago from Twittosphere: @ikepius

      just keep pouring out that energy in words... Every voice counts!

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      Karen Feliciano 

      3 years ago from Hammond, Indiana

      Optimism is good, even GREAT but sometimes when I look around me I am sadden by societies apathy. Thank you so much for your comment......it's great to know someone likes your work!

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      @ikepius 

      3 years ago from Twittosphere: @ikepius

      You have written a bloody good article. Maybe I am being optimistic but I see things changing SLOWLY.

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      Karen Feliciano 

      3 years ago from Hammond, Indiana

      It very important to read and critique. Has America really changed?

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