Friday, November 09, 2012
Since the Civil War, racism and civil rights has come up quite a bit of late, I revisit a post from last year:
Elijah Lovejoy died for freedom of the press and freedom from slavery, and of course there are others who have paid the ultimate price while fighting nonviolently for liberty and justice. Dr King, for one. But he gets his own holiday, which in a way is a disservice to everybody else who worked for civil rights because it fosters the Great Man myth and makes it seem like there are no Armies of Righteousness struggling and sacrificing for the rest of us.
What about James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner? Do they not deserve to be memorialized along with countless others who died in the defense of freedom?
We've got two days set aside just for military personnel: Memorial Day (for those who died) and Veterans Day (for those who served and survived). We surely could use two days for other brave people who put it all on the line without grabbing a rifle. Hell, I'll settle for just one--call it Peace and Justice Day maybe, or Liberty Day, or whatever--so we could honor Lovejoy, King, Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner along with Douglass, Rankin and Chavez, and the countless anonymous folks, neighbors and family members who have fought the good fight.
As an aside, if somebody criticizes some racist shit and you feel compelled to wonder why making fun of powerful white men isn't racist or to question the Civil Rights Act, you are most likely on the wrong side of history and morality.
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