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Topic # 95966 17-Jan-2012 17:42
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Heard this on the "Rock" today; Became a Federal Hoilday in the name of this remarkable man, is this really how he wanted to be remembered?? Your views please.

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  Reply # 570101 17-Jan-2012 19:31
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Personalty I think it;s a PC sop to the blacks over there..




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  Reply # 570111 17-Jan-2012 19:52
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First, it's not a "PC sop for blacks" as it was instituted way before the whole PC craze came out, back in 1986.

Second, it's a valid way to remember the man who fought for civil rights in a time (the 60s) where this was a very dangerous thing to do. So dangerous he was assassinated.







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  Reply # 570131 17-Jan-2012 20:43
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freitasm: It's a valid way to remember the man who fought for civil rights in a time (the 60s) where this was a very dangerous thing to do. So dangerous he was assassinated.



To a degree I think there can definitely be inspired ways to remember Martin Luther King, his legacy for example. But celebrating "MLK Day" at the NBA games is arguably not a valid reason. I'm sure this wouldn't be a symbol that Martin Luther King himself would invision.  


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  Reply # 570147 17-Jan-2012 21:21
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  Reply # 570152 17-Jan-2012 21:28
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I'm in America at the moment... and we had NO idea it was a holiday until it was mentioned mid-basketball game by a commentator. Oh well, made the roads less busy...



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  Reply # 570169 17-Jan-2012 21:48
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freitasm: Different cultures, different ways. Let them do the way they want. Is it bothering you that much?



I'm aware that there are different cultures over there, it's more or less the fact that I don't subscribe to the corporate side of things. It doesn't really benefit people having his name "labelled" like that, he's not a product. That is not what Martin Luther King was about.

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  Reply # 570247 18-Jan-2012 08:53
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freitasm: First, it's not a "PC sop for blacks" as it was instituted way before the whole PC craze came out, back in 1986.

Second, it's a valid way to remember the man who fought for civil rights in a time (the 60s) where this was a very dangerous thing to do. So dangerous he was assassinated.



It didn't become an "Official" holiday in all states until 2000.  Up till then it was Civil Rights day.




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  Reply # 570250 18-Jan-2012 09:04
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Just a fun fact about MLK i thought i would share.

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  Reply # 570270 18-Jan-2012 09:45
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old3eyes: 
It didn't become an "Official" holiday in all states until 2000.  Up till then it was Civil Rights day.


Actually, Mauricio is right.  It was first celebrated in Jan '86 in 27 states(the other states were obviously the mostly republican voting Southern states).  But in 2000 all 50 states started celebrating it

I semi agree with CGCrew on the commercial side of things.  Think of all the commercialised holidays in NZ?

- Easter
- Christmas
- Anzac day(after 1pm of course)
- Labour weekend
- Queens birthday weekend
- Waitangi day

All seem to be days of meaning, or meaning in the past (apart from Queens birthday, I'm emphatically against monarchy in general and think we shouldn't celebrate it).  But seem to have massive sales.  Which while they benefit us the consumers, they seem to diminish the meaning of the said day.





I have moved across the ditch.  Now residing in Melbourne as a VOIP/Video Technical Trainer/Engineer. 



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  Reply # 572498 23-Jan-2012 19:06
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amford: Just a fun fact about MLK i thought i would share.


American copyright law is definitely in a "silly state" that's for sure. As for SOPA...? No comment.

What's with the U.S & their blimmin acronym's man??  

http://www.null-hypothesis.co.uk/science/strange-but-true/item/top_ten_funny_science_acronyms

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