I saw an ad in the Charlotte Observer yesterday concerning how some believe we should spend our time today. It had a portrait of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the slogan “Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service/Make it a day on, not a day off.”
Well, good luck to them, I thought. I don’t have the day off, and if I did I would spend it as I see fit. I’ll throw together a snarky post and be done.
When I Googled “national day of service January 19”, to find the graphic, I was led to this site:
Yup, this is an initiative of the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT! What the hell are they doing? From the website:
Initiated by Congress in 1994, King Day of Service builds on that that legacy by transforming the federal holiday honoring Dr. King into a national day of community service grounded in his teachings of nonviolence and social justice. The aim is to make the holiday a day ON, where people of all ages and backgrounds come together to improve lives, bridge social barriers, and move our nation closer to the “Beloved Community” that Dr. King envisioned. With thousands of projects planned across the country, the 2009 King Day of Service on January 19 promises to be the biggest and best ever!
So let me get this straight: Congress wants to transform MLK’s birthday observance into a “National Day of Service,” and spends Federal monies promoting it, but has no problem with Washington’s birthday be transmuted into “President’s Day”, observed mainly by sales? What the fuck?