On this Robert E. Lee day (YMMV), I come to you with some questions.
The question was recently posed: Why does Martin Luther King Jr deserve a holiday in his name?
The obvious answer is he was a Civil Rights leader.
What about Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Mary McLeod Bethune, John Brown, Linda Brown, Homer Plessy? Do they deserve a holiday named for them? Are their contributions less than that of MLK?
What would MLK say about these people? Fortunately, we know what he thought about them because he did speak of them and their contributions
Well, MLK was killed as a result of his work on the Civil Rights struggle.
So what about Emmitt Till, Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Welsley, Virgil Lamar Ware, Malcom X, John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Medgar Evers. While not all of them were killed as direct result of their works for civil rights, their deaths did come about because of the civil rights struggle.
Do their deaths have less meaning than the death of MLK? What do you think MLK would have to say if someone compared his death to that of the girls killed in the church bombing?
For that matter, what would MLK have to say about a holiday named for him? Would he want people to take a day off as a vacationand to sit around idle, would he want accolades and honors OR would he want people to use the time off to build a better world, a more fair world and place where his dream could really come true?
MLK fought for freedom.
Last time I checked, Robert E. Lee was also fighting for freedom.