Random Reflections on Martin Luther King Day
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1965 Voting Rights Act, white Southern politicians`
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."
To fix this, we should move Martin
Luther King Day to the Friday before Labor Day to
"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
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
Despite the ho-hum attitude of most
American grown-ups toward Martin Luther King Day,
children are furiously
indoctrinated 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
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
truth 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 (the
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
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.
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
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
him] is founder of the Human Biodiversity Institute and