A Southern Illinois Reader Reminds Us That It’s The Birthday Of A Great American: Robert E. Lee

From: William Clough [e-mail him]

I urge the readers of VDARE.com to celebrate Robert E Lee`s birthday instead of Martin Luther King Day. That looks like the right thing to me.

See previous letters from William Clough.

James Fulford writes: I had in fact forgotten that. Dr. King was actually born on the 15th of January, and his birthday is celebrated on a Monday to make an unwanted long weekend. Lee was born on 19th of January, 1807.

Here’s a VDARE.com article from the bicentennial of Lee’s birth.

Happy 200th Birthday, Robert E. Lee!

By Mike Scruggs on January 18, 2007 at 1:00am

January 19th marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Robert E. Lee, the South`s most beloved hero.

Not too many years ago most Southern states honored Lee`s birthday as an official state holiday. That tradition is now waning.

The enormous importance that the Mainstream Media and political leaders today give to the Martin Luther King Holiday has worked to obscure the memory of Lee. Some states, like Mississippi, now celebrate Martin Luther King`s and Lee`s birthday with a state holiday honoring both men. But most Southern states, following the politically correct fashion of the times, have suppressed the memory of Lee, his exemplary character, and his devotion to the Southern cause. [More]