The Professional Left Podcast with Driftglass and Blue Gal

Ep 772 No Fair Remembering MLK Jr. Day

January 16, 2024 Driftglass and Blue Gal
The Professional Left Podcast with Driftglass and Blue Gal
Ep 772 No Fair Remembering MLK Jr. Day
Show Notes

In this episode of "No Fair Remembering Stuff," we embark on a fascinating journey into the complex and evolving history of acceptance and resistance towards Martin Luther King Day as a state and national holiday.

We remember the declaration of Martin Luther King Day as a state holiday in South Carolina and unravel the factors (really only one factor, ahem) that led it to become the last state to recognize the occasion as a paid holiday for all state employees.

We also talk about Jesse Helms and his claims that Martin Luther King Jr's opposition to the Vietnam War and insistence on equal rights for Black people made him a  communist. We also confront the legacy of the Confederacy and the southern states which, and we are not making this up, posed an alternative choice to celebrate a Confederate holiday instead of MLK Day.  Again, we are not making that up. 

And then we discuss Arizona's resistance to an MLK day and what finally got them to relent (hint: the NFL sure is WOKE). 

And if you think we're past all of this nonsense wait until you hear what Charlie Kirk is up to in 2024. 

Tune in to "No Fair Remembering Stuff" for this captivating exploration of the history of acceptance and resistance to Martin Luther King Day.

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