Random Reflections on Martin Luther King Day

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In my opinion, Martin Luther King
Jr.`s only rival as the American South`s greatest 20th
Century benefactor was

Willis Haviland Carrier
—the father of

air conditioning.

The South was long an economic
backwater, due to the enervating burdens of

, humidity, and Jim Crow—an expensive,
time-wasting, and obnoxious

caste system.

After the

1965 Voting Rights Act,
white Southern politicians`
support for

Jim Crow
collapsed. And the South made a remarkably
smooth transition to an

efficient modern economy
where the color of a man`s
money is more important than the color of his skin.

According to Michael Barone`s

2004 Almanac of American Politics

"Per capita income in Mississippi [traditionally

poorest state
] was 36% of the national average in
1940; in 1999, it was 72 percent, well below the
national average, but given the lower cost of living
here, a level recognizably American.

King wasn`t a saint. But he was a
hero in this important process.

Martin Luther King Day is the least
popular federal holiday—only

29 percent
of employers give their workers the day
off. Not many non-blacks care. This upsets
African-Americans. Black comedian

Chris Rock
says, "You gotta be pretty racist to
not want a day off from work."

The dead of winter, however, after


, and

New Year
, is the stupidest possible time to offer
another holiday.

To fix this, we should move Martin
Luther King Day to the Friday before Labor Day to
commemorate his

"I Have a Dream" speech

at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963 …
and, to give Americans a summer-ending four-day weekend.

(It`s not as if a lot of business
gets done on that day anyway.)

Then even the Grand Kleagle would
be demanding Martin Luther King Day off from his foreman
down at the

hog-rendering plant.

And who was the genius who chose
February for Black History Month? First you have the

MLK Day frenzy
in mid-January, and then two weeks
later, boom, it

starts all over again.

I bet that, by February 2nd, even

Al Sharpton


Black History Month.

I can picture the Rev. Al easing
into his Barcalounger and flipping on his plasma screen:

see if there`s anything good on television … Oh boy,

Harriet Tubman
documentary [CLICK] … Uh oh, a
panel discussion on

W.E.B. Dubois
[CLICK] … Hey, it`s that

Pungobungy Pete
, or whatever they call him … and he
can see his shadow! Now, that`s great TV!"

The raw cultural muscle of
liberalism is awesome to behold. Getting rid of

Jim Crow
was about the last good thing liberals
accomplished … and they will never ever let us
forget it, no matter how badly they must bore us with

smug reminiscences.

Despite the ho-hum attitude of most
American grown-ups toward Martin Luther King Day,
children are furiously

into the cult in the schools. MLK Day
is a bigger deal than [furtive look, whisper]


For example, my son was just
ordered to write a letter to

Martin Luther King
. This sixth grader had to
describe two things he`d done that he was especially
proud of.

Merging Martin Luther King worship

boosting—a classic California-style

educational timewaster.

There has been a concerted effort
among conservatives to

rewrite history
and paint King as an opponent of
affirmative action by repeatedly quoting a single line
from his Lincoln Memorial speech:

have a dream that my four little children will one day
live in a nation where they will not be judged by the
color of their skin but by the content of their


is that King advocated "compensatory"
hiring of blacks. Overall, he
was a conventional

Sixties Socialist
. He subscribed to most of the
leftist nostrums that did so much damage to
blacks—above all, boosting

welfare payments to single mothers

black illegitimacy
rate is three times worse today
than in the mid-1960s) and going

soft on crime
(despite the Sixties` crime wave and
baby boom, the number of inmates fell from
212,000 in 1960 to

196,000 in 1970

These were disasters for the

black community
that only grew worse all the way up
until the mid-1990s.

Our crack squad of researchers here
at VDARE.com has found

no evidence
that King took a stance of any kind on
the immigration act of 1965, which opened the floodgates
to the foreigners who have done so much damage to the
economic standing of African-Americans.

So he shouldn`t be blamed for that.

But his successors in the

black leadership
have blithely continued to support
mass immigration despite its impact on their
constituents` wages.

A diligent reader checked up on the
immigration policy voting records of the members of the

Congressional Black Caucus
, as graded by

Americans for Better Immigration,
and found

1 D+
3 D`s
5 D-`s
19 F`s
9 F-`s

So 28 out of 37 (with voting records) have F or F-
grades, or 76 percent. This is almost as bad as that of
Hispanics (78 percent), versus 21 percent of the
Congress as a whole who had flunking grades.

Congratulations (of
sorts) are due to

Congressmen David Scott

for selling out his people the least rapidly
of all black Congressmen.

He got the lone D+.

If conservatives want a
minority hero whose views on current controversies have
been vastly distorted by his admirers, labor leader

Cesar Chavez
is a much better choice.

During the prime of his
career, Chavez

fought illegal immigration,
which furnished
strikebreaking scabs. He advocated anti-illegal
immigration vigilantism and even offered his United Farm
Worker staffers to the Border Patrol as auxiliaries.

Now, of course, Chavez,
a third generation American citizen, is always portrayed
as the patron saint of the La Reconquista.

In this mendacious
retelling of his life,

La Raza triumphs over La Causa.

[Steve Sailer [email
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