MLK Day disagreement

MLK Day disagreement

There are 68 comments on the The York Daily Record story from Feb 25, 2008, titled MLK Day disagreement. In it, The York Daily Record reports that:

The Northeastern School Board's discussion Monday regarding the calendar for the 2008-09 school year prompted a debate over the role of two holidays.

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Moosic, PA

#1 Feb 25, 2008
I agree with Griffith. This smacks of racism and Santiago should be removed.
Taxpayer

Perry Point, MD

#2 Feb 25, 2008
FinallyI find someone with same idea as myself,Thank you Mr Griffth
George

Marshall, VA

#3 Feb 25, 2008
Santiago should definately go for his racist remarks.
justduckie169

Gettysburg, PA

#4 Feb 25, 2008
Use the reasoning that MLK day celebrates one man. Presidents' day celebrates many persons.
Looky Here

Westminster, MD

#5 Feb 25, 2008
There is absolutely no surprise here. Look, we took away Washingtons birthday and Lincolns to maek room for MLK day.. The fact that Washington and Lincoln are both more important to America's history be damned. Santiago has a clear agenda, one that doesnt include the celebration of our founding fathers..or old white guys for that matter. How long until Santago demands the schools close for Cinco De Mayo?
Its time we as a culture wake up, and you know whom I'm talking about when I say WE. MLK has his day, was he that important to America really? No.. to a small percent of the population..But its drummed into our kids heads .. my son knows all about MLK and not a thing about John Adams, Ben Franklin (oh yeah that guy who flew a kite) Please.. even the history of Reagan who beat communism and brought America back should be taught to the kids...but nooooo instead they're taught about MLK and how bad whites are. Bunch of Crap. Lets get this Santigo fired....or better yet deported.
Larry

York, PA

#6 Feb 25, 2008
Readers may decide for themselves if one national holiday is more or less important than another; however, Looky Here's question about whether Dr. King was important to America cannot go unanswered.

Dr. King courageously held up for the world to see that all Americans were not being treated equally as our Constitution requires. He caused the federal government to acknowledge that institutional racism was real and that it was wrong. The ensuing legislation which helped close the book on some of the darkest chapters of our national history was the direct result of Martin Luther King's work in the service of his race and my country.

Every American who values freedom and equality owes a debt of gratitude to Dr. King, just as they owe a debt of gratitude they to Presidents Washington and Lincoln. We should emulate them all.
Shawn-York

York, PA

#7 Feb 25, 2008
I am stunned about some of these comments. People are saying fire Santiago because he feels that there should be no school on Martin Luther King day. Now thats a bit much, I feel there shouldnt be a school on either Martin Luther King day or Presidents day, but to fire a man because he feels strongly about an issue, is insane. I feel as though they should come to a compromise, there shouldnt be school on either days.There are plenty of in-service days that can be used for "snow make up days." Martin Luther King day and Presidents are both federal holidays and should be treated the same. No one is more important than another. And for any one to say Santiago should be deported is the exact reason why Martin Luther King day is as important as Presidents day. In addition, its not that hard to educate your children on past presidents, the library and internet are littered with information. Schools cannot teach everything. And when I say "we" I am talking about everyone not segregating due to the fact we are all different races.
DARK STAR

Tampa, FL

#8 Feb 25, 2008
Santiago says, as long as I am president of this
board....The board has the power to change that.
Maybe what this board desperately needs is some
new blood.
Apple

Bryn Mawr, PA

#9 Feb 25, 2008
I do understand your frustration, and everything that you are saying is really not that serious. After all we as parents teach our children what we want them to learn and know. So all this bull about Santago honoring this or that day what does it matter, after all they are all DEAD!! We waste more time making "mountains" out of "molehills" and calling the race card. What we all should be worrying about is if you would die today or tomorrow who will you be standing before?? It sure won't be Dr. King or any of the DEAD PRESIDENTS!! Besides if you want your child to know about history who is the best person to teach them but you yourself!! No hard feelings just keeping it REAL!! Peace.
Looky Here wrote:
There is absolutely no surprise here. Look, we took away Washingtons birthday and Lincolns to maek room for MLK day.. The fact that Washington and Lincoln are both more important to America's history be damned. Santiago has a clear agenda, one that doesnt include the celebration of our founding fathers..or old white guys for that matter. How long until Santago demands the schools close for Cinco De Mayo?
Its time we as a culture wake up, and you know whom I'm talking about when I say WE. MLK has his day, was he that important to America really? No.. to a small percent of the population..But its drummed into our kids heads .. my son knows all about MLK and not a thing about John Adams, Ben Franklin (oh yeah that guy who flew a kite) Please.. even the history of Reagan who beat communism and brought America back should be taught to the kids...but nooooo instead they're taught about MLK and how bad whites are. Bunch of Crap. Lets get this Santigo fired....or better yet deported.
GSYork

York, PA

#10 Feb 25, 2008
Was MLK important? Of course - he did a great deal to shape the country as it is today. Washington, Franklin, Adams..... they created a nation - a nation that in less than 250 years would become the most significant country in the world! A nation that would allow people with different opinions(like Dr. King) to exist. To compare the achievements of MLK to the founding fathers of this nation is comparing apples to oranges. MLK's contributions, while significant and noteworthy, do not come close to the contributions made by the group of men that founded the United States. In the grander scheme of things, Washington, Adams, Franklin and the like are the more significant figures in western culture. For some reason this nation feels it has to place certain people on marble columns in order for certain groups to "feel better". Facts are facts - these men created a nation, MLK was simply the voice of a movement. Studying MLK is a great lesson - a day, maybe two - but in reality, there are many more significant individuals both American and other who's lives can be studied in order to enrich our childrens education. Ronald Reagan, Jonas Salk (found cure for polio), Alexander Graham Bell(invented the telephone), Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, Henry Ford, Dr. Michael DeBakey(pioneered coronary bypass surgery)- the list goes on. Let's worry less about being PC and concentrate on giving our children the education that they will need.
wondering

United States

#11 Feb 25, 2008
Looky here shouldn't talk about sending no one back any place. check your history and see where your generation started. may you all should go back. and stop pulluting the air!!! every one is entitled to their own openions. and freedom of speech without leaveing to go any where. this world belong to God!!! and all there in it. and every living thing. he alone control who come in and who go out...
Racist is still well and alive. it lives in LOOKY HERE "HUH" what a waste. spew out more of your up bringing way to go kid.
Facts

Philadelphia, PA

#12 Feb 25, 2008
Rednecks in Northeastern MLK day is every bit as important as presidents day. Dr. MLK Jr. help change many injustices that would still be going on today. There is no doubt about it. It's amazing that we forget about the racial injustices in past and current history. This country would be brought to a stand still today if those things would have not changed...Let's not forget.
Bonniangels

Enola, PA

#13 Feb 25, 2008
I totally agree with Mr. Griffith .
To single out MLK day as unchangeable makes a statement that it is "set apart" from other holidays ,
n that is racist .
PSYGuy

York, PA

#14 Feb 25, 2008
"FACTS" - MLK has an impressive legacy - no dispute - but to say "This country would be brought to a stand still today if those things would have not changed." is ridiculous. MLK is not soley responsible for the advancement of the civil rights movement - he was a contributor.
"GSYork" - you are right - he was important, but not to the extent to which he is being hyped.

MLK should be studied, but in the context of what he actually accomplished - I refuse to pay a tab for the injustices of those who came before me - especially when the price is a childs education.
FZQ6TR

Roseville, CA

#15 Feb 25, 2008
Personally ... I don't think MLK's birthday should be a holiday at all.
Looky Here

Westminster, MD

#16 Feb 25, 2008
Read Below.. Another find product of American educational systems. Or do I dare say, someone who is a huge MLK supporter.
wondering wrote:
Looky here shouldn't talk about sending no one back any place. check your history and see where your generation started. may you all should go back. and stop pulluting the air!!! every one is entitled to their own openions. and freedom of speech without leaveing to go any where. this world belong to God!!! and all there in it. and every living thing. he alone control who come in and who go out...
Racist is still well and alive. it lives in LOOKY HERE "HUH" what a waste. spew out more of your up bringing way to go kid.
DARK STAR

Tampa, FL

#17 Feb 25, 2008
I don't either, we never had a national holiday
In honor of a woman. My nomination Is
Mary Jo Kopechne. She gave her all for our country.
Looky Here

Westminster, MD

#18 Feb 25, 2008
Here is a nasty truth, with out the evil white man, MLKs legacy would be Nada, he needed proactive politically connected whites to make his movement happen, blacks forget about that. Now blacks champion Obama being a black man and maybe our President..but he comes from a white woman, so don’t start planning an Obama holiday being the first black President yet my friends.. Also, since when is it racist to question something? Sorry, but like some of the posts in this area have stated..while MLK was important to a small part of America, he by no means is deserving of the WEEKS of education our children must endure (to appease political agendas) yet not talk about some of those who are more important to our history and get NO Mention. Guess what? Andrew Carnegie did far more for blacks than MLK ever did. Wanna hear a real kicker? George Bush has helped fight AIDS in Africa and has saved more lives there in his pro-active treatment focuses than any Al Sharpton are Jessie Jackson effort… Funny how reality works with what is created.
MLK day will never be celebrated in my house, there is no reason to...MLK did great things sure, he helped America mature, but that’s it. He also had A LOT of help. So what do you all want? We have; MLK day, we have Kwanzaa now,(a FAKE racist holiday we must now all put up with), there’s February which is Black History month, there is Juneteeth, there’s all kinda black centric festivals that whites must pay for via taxes in some fashion or another.. when will this pandering stop?? We need to bring back a holiday for Washington, a man that is the father of this nation, and did a lot with a little.
Sam I am

Westminster, MD

#19 Feb 25, 2008
Wanna talk injustices, how about the Black on White crime rate that is rampant in America? Little mention of that "injustice" now is there? Oh and speaking of injustices...there is far more of that going on in Tribal wars in Africa now than Slavery ever did .. but there is no profit for American blacks to pursue tribal war blame is there?
Facts wrote:
Rednecks in Northeastern MLK day is every bit as important as presidents day. Dr. MLK Jr. help change many injustices that would still be going on today. There is no doubt about it. It's amazing that we forget about the racial injustices in past and current history. This country would be brought to a stand still today if those things would have not changed...Let's not forget.
Robert

York, PA

#21 Feb 25, 2008
I don't know about you, but I have to work on all of these days.

Each of these men that we are fighting about improved USA as a society and as such should be honored. All federal holidays should be treated equally. If one is a snow make-up day then they all should be snow make-up days. Otherwise, some people get their panties in a bunch.

And God knows we don't want to get people's panties in a bunch.

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