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Dishonoring The Dream In Wisconsin

Posted by Chris Liebenthal on January 20, 2011

Today is the official observation of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. All across the nation, people gather to remember the lessons of Dr. King and re-pledge themselves to working for racial equality.

Everywhere, but in Wisconsin, that is.
With the new regime that has taken over Madison, the new legislature and governor is doing their best to put us back decades in regards to equality.
Movement is already afoot to re-establish Jim Crow laws such asdiminishing educational services or enacting a poll tax in the form of the most draconian voter suppression act in the country.
The most egregious of this new disrespect for Dr. King’s dreams is none other than State Senator Glenn Grothman (R-The Old South) who is making his staff work on the holiday. His reasoning is that the holiday is “an insult” to tax payers, and that the holiday, which is named after King, mind you, is not an honor to him.
Funny, I don’t recall him saying that about any other holiday, like Christmas or Independence Day, both of which are just “about giving state workers another day off.” Nor do I recall him working any of those days.
Good thing he tells us it’s not racist, because I don’t imagine anyone would have caught on to that otherwise.
Perhaps, someone will key Grothman into, and maybe, just maybe, it will eventually sink into his thick head:

“We must learn to live together as brothers, or perish together as fools.”

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