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Move Martin Luther King Day

By on 1.17.11 | 2:10PM

It's become my annual Martin Luther King Day tradition to call attention to Steve Sailer's proposal to boost the holiday's popularity by moving it to a better time of year:

Martin Luther King Day is the least popular federal holiday-only 29 percent of employers give their workers the day off. Not many non-blacks care. This upsets African-Americans. Black comedian Chris Rock says, "You gotta be pretty racist to not want a day off from work."

The dead of winter, however, after Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year, is the stupidest possible time to offer another holiday.

To fix this, we should move Martin Luther King Day to the Friday before Labor Day to commemorate his "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963 ... and, to give Americans a summer-ending four-day weekend.

Sailer, who correctly notes that "King wasn't a saint" but he was a hero in the process of ending Jim Crow, says that "even the Grand Kleagle would be demanding Martin Luther King Day off from his foreman down at the hog-rendering plant" if such a change was made.

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