Saturday, May 21, 2011

Reconsidering Malcolm X Day (Again)

Malcolm X waiting at
Martin Luther King
press conference.
Taken by Marion S. Trikosko,
March 26 1964.
I was all set to sit down and write about the value of stories but then I glanced at my blog stats and saw that last years post about Malcolm X Day is getting a lot of views via google search.

Here in Berkeley my kids have Monday off of school in honor of Malcolm X. However, yesterday (Friday) there was an Asian American Heritage assembly and on Wednesday (next week) there will be performances in honor of Harvey Milk Day. Discussions with both kids' teachers confirmed that Malcolm X was not covered in their lessons.

So, dear Berkeley Unified School District, I implore you to reconsider this day. YES! Let's celebrate Malcolm X and his accomplishments. In fact, let's celebrate Rosa Parks and Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Dubois and Harriet Tubman. There are at least as many African American heroes as there are Presidents and we celebrate ALL of them on ONE day in February. Can we not have African American Hero day in leu of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King days?

If there is a "need" for a holiday in May (aside from Memorial Day which is a week away) let's take off for Harvey Milk Day ... or better yet, lets have an LGBTQ Day and honor all the amazing people from that community.

Just sayin'.


  1. Why would you want to celebrate a known hate mongering racist...a pimp, dope addict, and jailbird to boot?

  2. Oh, Anonymous - reread his book . . .

    Cori - I'm a single working mom, too. I don't see how getting the day off is 'honoring' a person. People generally just do their own thing on those days. Maybe there should be Saturday events for some so the kids don't miss school - it could be very educational. But with budget cuts, there are more and more days 'off school.'

  3. Read his book? No thank you. I lived through the era where he was spewing his hate against white people at every opportunity. At a time America was about ready to go to war in Vietnam, Malcolm "X" was busy, and hugely responsible, for spawning more racial tension and hate crimes against innocent people than any other black militant in this country.

    From the mid-1960s to the early 1970s, militant blacks were maiming and killing our service personnel, whom they served with, no less, in Vietnam. For the better part of ten years these same type of racist criminals were responsible for one hate crime after another against white people at military bases all over the world. During this period of time black militants were responsible for conducting race riots, and hate crimes against civilians as well, along with destroying and burning private and commercial property. Militant blacks were also murdering innocent men, women, and children in drive-by shootings...picture that month after month, year after year, and the vicitms were not all white either. Such is the genuine legacy of Malcolm "X".

    Pardon me if I don't buy off on the communist type propaganda that supports a Malcolm "X" Day. Such a thought turns my stomach, and to think that supposedly responsible adults would be so irresponsible, to purposely twist his true legacy, and warp the minds of America's youth with such an absurd idea is downright pitiful


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