A Strange MLK Day

As we all know, or should know, today is Martin Luther King Day.  A day when all of us, whether we have to work or not, pretty much do absolutely nothing to celebrate one of the most important figures of the twentieth century.  But before I stray from my point, let me tell you what is so special about this MLK day in particular.

You see, Martin Luther King Day is rarely observed on the man’s real birthday, which is January 15th.  Instead, we celebrate the holiday on the Monday following the 15th so that bank workers and such can have a three-day weekend.  This year that Monday happens to be today, January 19th.  What some of us might not have realized is that another historical figure was born today.  That’s right, this year we’re celebrating the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the actual birthday of the stars and bars clad Civil War Confederate Army General Robert E. Lee.  How fucked up is that!?!  I mean what’s next; a gay pride parade on Jerry Falwell’s birthday. (Actually, that would be pretty awesome.  Somebody ought to set that up.)

So whether you’re acknowledging a man who gave his life to the civil rights movement or being a total douche and celebrating an army general who represented beliefs that were completely in contrast to everything America stands for, you must acknowledge another year of one thing:

Happy Birthday Irony.  You still look great.


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One Response to “A Strange MLK Day”

  1. Cassie Says:

    What the hell?! That is pretty retarded. You’d think with all of our smart ass historians out there, that someone would have flagged that one and said…you know maybe we start our three day weekend on a Friday this year.

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