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Thoughts on MLK Weekend

Original post made by Paul Losch, a resident of Palo Alto, on Jan 17, 2010

How far we have come, how far we have to go.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 17, 2010 at 9:38 am

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My big surprise and disappointment was the rapidity with which Dr. King's aspirations were trashed to be replaced by reversal of racial privilege. My advice to Reagan, to establish a Hero's Day,on which past and future heroes could be celebrated, would have been a better tribute to Dr. King.

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Posted by Steven
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 17, 2010 at 10:23 am

People are taught bigotry when they are kids and as they get older, they often just get more stubborn. As younger people come in to power, the social climate does change. Unfortunately, progress is too slow for the people who grew up with limited opportunities because of discrimination. Hopefully the next generation will be free from it.

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Posted by MidtownMom
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 17, 2010 at 12:15 pm

MLK fought for the right things .. his actions opened up doors and opportunities to many many many people who are not whites.

This week, I had a chance to overhear kindergartners talking about what they had been working with (wrt MLK) through out the week. I had this feeling that these young kids were just made aware of the racial divide, it was a lesson 101 that people are "different" and at some point that mattered a hell lot ! Most of the kids at that age are not aware of the differences - yes, so-and-so does not look like me.. it ends at that.

We need to have a Heroes day - where all Heroes are honored equally !

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 17, 2010 at 6:11 pm

As an echo to Midtown Mom above, my kids only started to look at the color of their friends/classmates skins when they learned about it at school from their kindergarten teacher.

If we didn't teach young kids about the differences, they would look on skin color the same as car colors. People come in different colors, sizes and shapes the same as cars.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 18, 2010 at 11:29 am

Discussed the meaning of MLK's speech with my kids round the dinner table last night and they tried to define racism. Their comments surrounded an American fansite for Dr Who (a British sci fi tv series). There had been some talk about a new actor taking over the role a while back and according to the fansite, he would have been the first African American actor to play the part. This was an outrage to them, the actor was English, born in England and has black skin. This was pointed out by an 11 year old and a 14 year old.
They did not object in the slightest to the hero of the series changing his skin color, just the pc descrition of who he was.

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Posted by yup
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jan 18, 2010 at 9:15 pm

Agree with Midtown Mom and Agree.

But, yawn..same old same old.

I would rather look at behaviors/beliefs which impede educational and employment opportunities and work on those, than look at color and set up fake divides and victimhoods based on color.

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Posted by Dr. Gary Gechlik
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Jan 24, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Martin Luther King was for all Americans. I think education is really the means to improve our country. In many places in the world, the way a person looks or what religion they believe in still has a large effect in how they are treated.

Only through education have we been able to transform our society positively. If not for universal public education, we would have a very unfair society. There is a long way to go. Just look at the great disparity in our state regarding education. The problem is not simply about rich and poor. A large problem is that people no longer want to pay for public education. What people forget is that a dollar spent on education is like ten dollars spent on prisons. This is because once a person commits a serious crime, society condemns them to a challenging life.

This is why we must find a way to fulfill Martin Luther King's dream of a fair society.