I write this on the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, and as I feel every year on this day, it was disgraceful to take the Abraham Lincoln Birthday holiday away in order to give a holiday to Martin Luther King Jr.
Disgraceful to black Americans!
After all, who did more for black Americans--a U.S. President who fought a long and bloody war in order to end slavery--or a man who made a memorable speech? Hmmm.
I'm seeing lots of commercials for a lot of different charities. One "popular" one, the Wounded Warrior Project...soldiers who lost limbs in war zones need our help...asks $19 a month from viewers. But...where's the U.S. Government? As a write this we have a President shutting down the Government in order to get 5Billion$$ for a useless wall. 5Billion$$ would go a long way to help Wounded Warriors and it wouldn't be at all controversial. No shutting down the Government rather than that!
As for the many, many other charities asking $12 a month...$18 a month...$22 a month...I can't help but wonder why multi-billionaires like Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson are busy competing with one another as to who will be the first to send a rocket to Mars rather than contributing $1 Million a month (something they could each easily afford) to help, for example, handicapped children. Actually, it would take just one of the world's 2200+ billionaires to eliminate the need for all of the begging-for-money charities I'm seeing on TV these days.
I've made a little study of these so-called charities. I've found that many if not most of them exist only to exist. They aren't formed in order to raise money for their stated cause (although some small portion of the money may eventually reach veterans, children, people with diseases...). They are formed as businesses to do business in the fundraising industry. The employees get paid, the management gets paid well, and the executives do very well. For every $10 contribution they get, maybe $6 goes to pay the salaries of the workers and another $2 goes toward operating costs. As long as they don't make a corporate profit they can legally call themselves "non-profit organizations." Even if the CEO is getting paid a seven-figure salary. LUKE W.
Who's the racist?
Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia is in hot water due to a "racist" photo that appeared on his page in a 1984 college yearbook. The photo showed a man in black face having a drink with a ku klux klan member. The message seemed to be "can't we all just get along?" That's racist? Meanwhile, throughout his political career, Governor Northam has been an unflinching champion of equal rights FOR ALL.
Compare that to Trump Management Corporation, sued by the U.S. Justice department in the '70s for refusing to rent to blacks. And to Donald Trump in the '80s who didn't want blacks working for his companies or in his casinos. According to one employee: "When Donald came to the casino, the bosses would order all the black people off the floor so he wouldn't see them." And to Donald Trump in the '90s who found out that a black man worked for the accounting firm he was using and was quoted as saying "Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day. I think that the guy is lazy. And it's probably not his fault, because laziness is a trait in blacks. It really is, I believe that. It's not anything they can control."
And to this day (fill in the blanks)...