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South Carolina School Tries To Sweep MLK Day Under The Rug- PLEASE ACTION !

Society & Culture  (tags: school, igoring Martin Luther king day, disrespect, honour, children, ethics, rights )

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2000 was a big year for civil rights in South Carolina. In 2000, the state became the last state to make Martin Luther King, Jr. Day a holiday - 17 years after it was first passed. 2000 was also the year that the Confederate flag was removed from S.C

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Ben O (171)
Wednesday January 12, 2011, 6:19 am
"The time is always right to do what is right"
(Dr Martin Luther King Jr)

Terrie Williams (798)
Wednesday January 12, 2011, 9:50 am
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Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 12, 2011, 10:12 am
Signed and noted.

Carol H (229)
Thursday January 13, 2011, 10:56 am
signed and noted

Rhonda Conway (41)
Thursday January 13, 2011, 6:53 pm
Both already done. Thanks Simone

Rebecca T (1)
Thursday January 13, 2011, 7:22 pm
If they want to use a day to make up for a snow day, how about sending the kids to school on Columbus Day and educating them about why this man should not be celebrated? To uphold Columbus while denouncing Martin Luther King Jr. is disgusting and makes those in support of such action look incredibly ignorant and uneducated. They are certainly not the type of people who should be educating the next generation.

Susan S (187)
Thursday January 13, 2011, 8:39 pm
Signed and noted.

Morris G. (18)
Friday January 14, 2011, 4:30 am
Do any of you realize that due to the recent winter storm that many kids in this area have not been in school for a week now????
While MLK was a great man, so were George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and it is certain kids are going to have to go to school on President's Day too. If their parents don't work for the government or a bank chances are they are working on MLK day anyway so they were going to have to arrange childcare or just let their kids run loose on that day like they generally do.
I feel sure MLK would like to see kids in school on his day since they have missed so much already. It only makes sense.
And Rebecca if you actually looked at their calendar before making ridiculous statements you would see that they went to school on Columbus Day (Oct 11, 2010).
Trying to make this a racial thing is disgusting.

Alicia V (181)
Friday January 14, 2011, 12:41 pm
Done, Thanks

Alice B (241)
Friday January 14, 2011, 12:50 pm
NOTED & SIGNED: although "MLK would like to see kids in school" @Morris G., the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. also wanted kids to learn and remember and commemorate and cherish and CONTINUE the fight for civil rights - and he of all people would know what a battle it was to WIN this holiday in the first place, and the importance of kids celebrating it, albeit in a constructive manner appropriate to its historical meaning.

Your argument about childcare difficulties applies to many other holidays - and fighting for daycare is one of the many things that I'm sure Dr. King would urge you to take on as an ongoing struggle - rather than an excuse for erasing MLK day 2011 - and I speak as a single mom who had to raise both kids with nearly no child support and for whom daycare was always a hellacious struggle.

Some things are just too important to ignore: MLK Day is one of those things. FIGHT RACISM EVERY DAY.

Michael M (5)
Friday January 14, 2011, 12:57 pm
Will someone tell the people in South Carolina that they LOST the Civil War?

Roger S (18)
Friday January 14, 2011, 1:03 pm

Margery Coffey (8)
Friday January 14, 2011, 1:17 pm
Will someone tell those white purists that there ain't no such thing as pure white and race does not exist?

Patricia N (41)
Friday January 14, 2011, 1:18 pm
You will find that in many Southern States their are still bigots, I live in the South and see it all the time, it was the way they were raised. I am sure they can make up the school day on another day . I think we should honor all the people who helped form the U.S. and what we stand for including Columbus and Presidents day.

Esther S (45)
Friday January 14, 2011, 1:44 pm
I would not mind them having school on the Martin Luther King birthday, if they devote most of that day to reminding the students of what was happening in those days and what made Martin Luther King so worthy of having a day especially designed to honor him. If they did that, it actually would be better than if they just gave the children (and teachers) the day off to go shopping, etc.

Regina Edwards (0)
Friday January 14, 2011, 1:45 pm
Noted and signed. I totally agree with Alice B. RACISM is fought every day, however, Rev. Martin Luther King's birthday is celebrated once a year. Our children, all children, need to know about the struggle our county has endured and how our support and love for this country and our fellow man is the reason the fight was fought. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King was and still remain in the harts of most (of his passing) our leader during this fight for equality. Our children also need to know and understand, eventhoug it may seem like this fight was long ago, it wasn't that long ago. Some things may have changed, however, some things remained the same. This is a lesson that should begin at home. Snow days.... There will be many more of them to come, GOD has his plan. This day is not a snow "make-up day" this is as educational day that is learned at home, in the books, marches, educational train rides etc.

Penelope Ryan (178)
Friday January 14, 2011, 2:05 pm
Noted thanks

Friday January 14, 2011, 2:06 pm

donald Baumgartner (6)
Friday January 14, 2011, 2:54 pm

Sir Walk F (124)
Friday January 14, 2011, 3:41 pm
I agree with morris.

This is a local issue.

Sir Walk F (124)
Friday January 14, 2011, 3:47 pm
margery says: "Will someone tell those white purists that there ain't no such thing as pure white and race does not exist? "

I'm sorry, who made any mention about 'racial purity'?

Or are you just calling the entire state of SC racists?

Beverly C (0)
Friday January 14, 2011, 4:02 pm
Thank you for letting us know what South Carolina is trying to do, so that we can take action. The national holiday to honor Dr. King was too long coming to begin with, and is now that we have it it is a day of rememberance, service, pride, and also a day we Thank Dr. King for all he did & all his efforts continue to accomplish for so many people. Needless to say, South Carolina should not be allowed to use this coming Monday as a make-up day for the snow. Where are people's priorities & respect for great people & their unselfish important work. --Two fo the counties here in Georgia are trying to do what S.C. is trying to do. It is WRONG for any state to do or allow this. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a National Observance and Dr. King was worthy of this respect. (I am a female caucasian retired secondary school teacher.)

Past Member (0)
Friday January 14, 2011, 5:02 pm
I agree with Morris and Sir Walk.
Very Ecruly yours

William Y (54)
Friday January 14, 2011, 8:52 pm
The correct way to make up snow days is at the end of the school year.

Past Member (0)
Friday January 14, 2011, 9:32 pm
signed thanks

David J (18)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 1:23 am
It's the bigots and racists. I have lived in the south for 30+ years and born and raised in the north for almost as many. I do not consider myself to be a bigot, one of my older daughters married an African American and I have an 8yo Grand Daughter who is 1/2 black. I don't love her any less and when she is at my house where I go she goes, (my shadow).

Some say,"the kids have been out of school for a week". Yeh, well then why will one more day make a difference? Make up some days at Spring Break or end of he school year. No excuse, just bigots.

Sonia R (15)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 1:44 am
Signed and passed along!

Andrew Butt (84)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 3:52 am
Signed and noted

Morris G. (18)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 6:49 am
By the way this is not just happening in Rock Hill. It is happening all over NC. Already facing the challenge of making up a week of missed school and the near certainty of additional winter storms (it is only mid-January) school systems across the state are making this common sense decision. I believe getting kids back in school where they might actually learn something about MLK rather than sitting at home watching TV or playing video games is a good thing. After all Martin Luther Kings Jr's birthday is actually TODAY not Monday. I am sure many of you MLK and racial experts didn't even know that!

Brian M (0)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 7:06 am
noted and signed

pam w (139)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 8:47 am
I'm with William Y....tack on the snow days at the end of the semester! Why is that so difficult?

Rebecca T (1)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 9:13 am
Morris, considering that I do not personally have access to this school's calendar, I don't see how my comment is at all ridiculous. Most schools in the nation are not in session on Columbus Day. Granted, this most recent storm was indeed a storm, but as far as schools making "common sense decisions", they often times cancel school if an inch of snow has fallen. It's ridiculous. When I was in school we were allowed 3 snow days that didn't have to be made up. Anything over that, we made up at the end of the year.

Robert O (12)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 10:50 am
Many in the south are still pissed that they lost the war and are still clinging onto any remnant of the dark, shameful past they can in order to comfort themselves while living in hope that maybe there'll be another civil war in which they'll be able to win and have their dark utopic dreams see the light of day. Dream on! It ain't gonna happen!

Margery Coffey (8)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 11:36 am
I'm sorry, who made any mention about 'racial purity'?
Or are you just calling the entire state of SC racists?

Racism is based upon one "perceived race" thinking it is superior to another perceived race. Race is a mythical concept it does not exist in the real world. Racial purity is one of the many goals of those who perceive that their "race" is better than others. I stated a position that attacks those who have these misconceptions. My state of Nebraska probably has as many (per population) as South Carolina. This is an American disease not a Southern one. The South in the past has done a real number with it and put a large Dixie stamp on it but that does not mean that the South is the only state that has a sad history towards those they perceive as "different" be it race, gender or sexual orientation.

Geynell Eskite (68)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 12:50 pm
These are the same geniuses that still refer to the Civil War as "The War of Northern Aggression", were mystified as to why anyone would find the Confederate flag flying over government buildings "offensive", and think celebrating secession is patriotic. There are wonderful, enlightened, intelligent people from South Carolina. Too bad the opinions and actions of the State and local government down there has an unfortunate tendency toward casting a pall of idiocy over the region.

Anita Q (0)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 12:53 pm
History is cluttered with the wreckage of nations and individuals that pursued that self-defeating path of hate. Love is the key to the solution of the problems of the world. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.,

Sue M (106)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 9:39 pm
Noted & shared!~

Jere W (9)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 3:59 pm
Noted & signed

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 9:37 pm
noted and signed

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Sunday January 16, 2011, 11:51 pm
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Esther Z (94)
Monday January 17, 2011, 5:26 am
Total lack of respect for Martin Luther King's legacy.....

Past Member (0)
Monday January 17, 2011, 8:52 am
Noted and signed, thanks Simone.

Past Member (0)
Monday January 17, 2011, 2:03 pm
noted and signed...there is another way to make up snow days besides eliminating holidays....extend the year end to make up the's been done before....

Barbara Erdman (63)
Monday January 17, 2011, 6:31 pm
signed and noted

Penelope Ryan (178)
Monday January 17, 2011, 8:45 pm
Signed, noted.

Animae C (514)
Tuesday January 18, 2011, 4:06 am
signed #430

Sheryl G (363)
Tuesday January 18, 2011, 7:14 am
Patricia although I agree with most of what you say, please remove Columbus out of the equation. Being of American Indian decent, he did us no favors, the murderer, and you can't "discover" what was already here. We were here and had a thriving way of life, many millions of us. If we are to be sensitive to the black community this Country also has to learn to be sensitive the the American Indian community. A bit of history on Columbus.

Columbus and his sailors were greeted by Arawak men and women. Columbus wrote of them in his log:

They … brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things, which they exchanged for the glass beads and hawks’ bells. They willingly traded everything they owned… They were well-built, with good bodies and handsome features…. They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance. They have no iron. Their spears are made of cane…
They would make fine servants…. With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.

Columbus profited off of sex-slave trade by exporting them to other parts of the world. In fact, most of his income came from slavery. In 1500, he wrote to a friend: ”A hundred castellanoes (a Spanish coin) are as easily obtained for a woman as for a farm, and it is very general and there are plenty of dealers who go about looking for girls; those from nine to ten (years old) are now in demand.”

De Las Casas was absolutely mortified by the brutality he witnessed. In numerous accounts, he reports about Columbus commanding his men to cut off the legs of children who would run away; about Spaniards hunting and killing Natives for sport; about colonialists testing the sharpness of their blades on living, breathing Native bodies; about Columbus’s men placing bets on who would cut a person in half in a single sweep of their swords. De Las Casas wrote: “Such inhumanities and barbarisms were committed in my sight as no age can parallel. My eyes have seen these acts so foreign to human nature that now I tremble as I write.”

So Patricia, I think you really need to rethink about honoring a Murdering Slave Holder......

Ira M (211)
Tuesday January 18, 2011, 7:47 am
Signed and noted, thank you!

Evelyn B (79)
Wednesday January 19, 2011, 11:30 pm
Noted and Signed Tks

Michela M (3964)
Friday January 21, 2011, 4:06 pm
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