Wait, What’s Today Again?

Thought it was Martin Luther King Jr. Day?

Not in Virginia, where it’s Lee-Jackson Day. That will take you to Gov. Warner’s 2004 proclamation celebrating Lee-Jackson Day.

Unreal. I didn’t realize it was all that contentious to name a holiday for a civil rights leader who was later shot in the head for standing up for what he believed in. Apparently, it’s a giant deal to Virginia, who chose to name the day for Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee, prominent figures in the Civil War, er, War of Northern Aggression…

Pardon me for saying, but this is fucked up. Sure we don’t have the parade for Martin today, we’re having it in April instead, but instead of honoring the memory of a man who sought to equalized rights between the races, we’re honoring generals who fought to protect the difference between them.

That’s fucked up.

1 Comment so far

  1. WFY (unregistered) on January 16th, 2006 @ 2:10 pm

    Actually, Lee-Jackson Day was on Friday. This state (or more appropriately, Commonwealth) holiday has existed for about 100 years and it is merely a coincidence that it was observed the same time as the federal Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. In the past few years Lee-Jackson Day was moved to the Friday before MLK Day to prevent any overlap between the two days.

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