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Published: Monday, Jan. 20 2014 12:00 a.m. MST

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Dixie Dan
Saint George, UT

Why did it take Utah being the 49th state to approve Martin Luther King Day?

Virginia Beach, VA

Jackie Robinson's legacy and result's in civils rights, are far greater (and civil) than MLK's. Baseball and the other sports made a more positive impact within the country without govt. interference. The govt., democrats, naacp, and race baitors from those groups have twisted, divided, and distorted MLK's legacy for their own gain.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Its appalling that some people who profess to support Dr. King's mission now tell the world its not only ok, but admirable to treat people based on the color of their skin and discriminate against others based on the color of their skin for things like college admission and job applications.

Dr. King would be disgusted by such actions that discriminate based on race.

South Jordan, Utah

On Martin Luther King day, let's try to stay focused on Martin Luther King and the struggle for civil/equal rights. There is no need to bring in Anne Frank or any other hero/heroine.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

It's very fitting that both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Anne Frank should be mentioned together. Dr. King spoke out against those who oppressed because of race. Miss Frank spoke out against those who oppressed because of religion and ethnic background. Many people were beaten and killed because of race. 6,000,000 were killed because they were Jews.

Would Dr. King be offended that we remember those 6,000,000 Jews on "his" holiday? Was that what his message was all about? Did he ask us to "honor" him, to "worship" him, to "glorify" him with a national holiday; or, did he have a dream where all people were treated with respect and no person was better than any other person because of race, religion or ethnic background?

I think he would be pleased to be remembered with Anne Frank. I think that he would have spoken kindly of her and respected her message. I think that he would want everyone to remember everyone who has been oppressed, including the 6,000,000 Jews who were killed.

Salt Lake City, UT

If the reverend was around, I'd like to ask him one question: 50 years later, the majority of black people still live in poverty and have not assimilated to American culture.


get her done
Bountiful, UT

Church apostle on topic. Stapley, apostle, letter to George Romney on blacks does not indicate article is correct.

Tooele, UT

@ Dixie Dan:

What difference does it make how long any state took to recognize MLK? The simple fact that is important is that it is now recognized.

It seems you are trying to be negative and inimical on a day when MLK would want just the opposite. Give such things a rest and focus on the positives of what today is now supposed to represent.

Salt Lake City, UT

"have not assimilated to American culture."

American is just codeword for white when used that way...

Tooele, UT

@ get her done:

George Romney died decades ago. Stapley also died a long time ago. You are talking about old events. Times and circumstances have changed significantly since then. This article is more about recent attitudes to the ideals of 2 society icons.

Many important things have evolved in positive directions from the time period you are bringing up. As such, your subject matter is now irrelevant and yes, the article is indeed correct.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

My conservative neighbor doesn't like either King or Anne Frank. He says King was evil and the Anne Frank diary should be banned from the schools. I'm not sure what motivates these views. Can anyone out there help me with this?

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT


My liberal neighbors all tell me Doctor King was against discrimination based on race.

And then they say its discrimination when a white person is given a job/college admission over a black person due to the fact the white person is white and the black person is black. But then they tell me its not discrimination to give a black person a job/college admission over a white person due to the fact the black person is black and the white person is white. Can you help me out with this?

Salt Lake City, UT

@Irony Guy
Some oppose the Anne Frank book because of passages about sexuality. I'm going to assume that's the reasoning for your neighbor having these views rather than anti-Semitism.

As for MLK... well... I'd blame the Ezra Taft Benson (only applies to Utah) anti-communist era since the accusation was often that MLK was a commie. Remember all those negative posts about Nelson Mandela? Basically something similar to that.

Hyrum, UT

@ Irony Guy:

First of all, why do you label your neighbor a conservative? That insinuates you are liberal and perhaps trying to stir up some political controversy... something MLK would not have wanted on the day celebrating the ideals he embraced... or any other day for that matter.

Secondly, most conservatives I know do not share your neighbors views. At the same time, I know liberals who do. And with over 300 million people in America, you can easily find a vast array of attitudes and feelings on every conceivable topic and within every possible political persuasion.

Also, there are always exceptions to almost everything positive and often with motivations that are nearly impossible for the majority of people to relate to. As such, don't let those very small groups with negative attitudes intrigue you too much. Most are insignificant and unworthy of discussion.

Ponder those concepts and it will help your understanding... per your request.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

@Irony Guy

You didn't specify but I'm betting your conservative neighbor is also about 90 years old. Am I right?

Conservatives are now in two separate camps: "Old conservatives" are conservative financially (less spending, less tax), militarily (pro-foreign war), and socially (don't like gays or other races). "New conservatives" are conservative financially (less spending, less tax), but are moderate to liberal militarily and socially. New conservatives want a strong military for homeland defense but aren't keen on invading other nations. New conservatives are also accepting of gays and other races.

The problem now is everybody paints conservatives using the "old conservative" brush, when the reality is today's young conservatives disagree with the old conservatives when it comes to social issues. Fortunately the old conservatives are dying off.

New York, NY

"Consider Anne Frank, who faced persecution, exile, starvation and death not because of the color of her skin, but because of her faith."

Wait are you trying to say that if Anne Frank had converted to Christianity she would have been spared her suffering in WWII? That premise is totally false. The Holocaust had very little to do with religion and everything to do with race. It was a racially motivated genocide.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

They way I look at it is... they pointed us more in the correct direction, but we still have a long way to go, and more direction corrections needed in the future to get there. It may not be a straight line to where we need to get too in order to fulfill their vision for humanity.


Brave Sir Robin,
The problem is... that we paint Conservatives with EITHER brush.

Painting Conservatives with either brush is about the same as painting all black people as if they are all the same (using either the old OR the new stereotypes).

The problem isn't which stereotype we are using... it's that we feel we need to see people as our stereotype for them to begin with.

All Conservatives don't think or act the same. Same goes for all people. The sooner we learn that the better.

Mike in Cedar City
Cedar City, Utah

If we think we have come far in race relations, maybe we need to look at how the country's first black president has been treated.

Mike in Cedar City
Cedar City, Utah

FT1/SS. Both MLK and Jackie Robinson made significant contributions to civil rights, each in their respective spheres of influence. YOu are wrong to diminish King's contribution because he employed non violent tactics that caused government to enact civil right laws. It was government that finally destroyed the NAZI oppression that killed Frank, not a professional baseball player.

Robinson opened the doors to men of color in the area of professional athletics. King was a major influence in giving men and women of color the right to vote, the right to sit at any lunch counter the wanted, the right to obtain an equal education, many more rights to long to list.

King paid for his activism with his life. Robinson was just paid.

Spanish Fork, UT

I'm pleased we're celebrating the life and cause of Dr. Martin Luther King. May we cease to judge a man by his skin color but rather the content of his character. Race is a lousy predictor of behavior, success or results.

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