Regarding Walter St. John’s proposal for Minority Peoples Day (BDN commentary, Jan. 19):
In expressing his opinion that “singling out African-Americans for a special day is nonsensical,” he discusses several American holidays, and how each honors entire groups of individuals, rather than “one man” or “one race.”
Our society tends to perpetuate an “us” vs. “them” mentality. If “one day for only one race is divisive,” as St. John suggests, then what are we to make of National Adoption Month, Women’s History Month, Older Americans Month or Black History Month? With respect to the latter, the African-American race is the only race I’m aware of that found its way to American soil against its will, and in leg irons.
I disagree with St. John when he says Martin Luther King Jr. has been singled out as “one man” for “only African-Americans.” I believe he is remembered as and represents one outstanding and courageous modern-day hero whose peaceful and extraordinary efforts on behalf of equality for all humanity put his own life in danger. Margaret Cox Murray Bangor