1. Monday, January 16, 2012

    happy MLK Day 

    mlk day

    major props to my employer, KPCC for being the first company i’ve worked for that i can recall that acknowledges this Federal holiday as a company holiday.

    most of the places ive worked for were all “didnt you just get Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years off?”

    and you’d be all, “whats a brotha gotta do to be an American hero any more? isnt getting shot trying to give All people equal rights enough to get a monday off?”

    and then they’ll tell you that thats what Floating Holidays are all about, etc

    and you just wanna say whatever, but not KPCC, everyone has it off except for the barebones crew that keeps the radio on the air and the website fresh.

    i was born in washington DC in the 60s and my grandparents marched with Dr. King back in the day. the stories that they and my relatives have told me about living in the segregated South seem like fiction these days, what with a Black president and all

    but sadly every week (if not every day) we hear about racism in one form or another, and its troubling, but what keeps me hopeful is noticing how far we have come, thanks to people like Rev King, in such a relatively short period of time.

    keep the dream alive, planet earth

    a black man is president of the united states

    and if any one tells you we haven’t made progress, remind them

    that the united states of america has a black president

    who killed osama bin laden

    and who has a 50/50 shot of getting re-elected

    regardless if you think he’s earned it,

    the fact a black man has a decent chance at being a two term president

    after all the shenanigans that the GOP did to stop everything he did

    is something i call progress