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Our White House (and Google) Forget the 45th Anniversary of the MLK, Jr. Assassination.

4 Apr


Early morning, April four

Shot rings out in the Memphis sky.

Free at last, they took your life

They could not take your pride.

From the song: Pride (In The Name of Love) by U2

The Obama White House is usually spared criticism by our media…so when the 45th Anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination comes and goes without mention by the WH…there’s hardly an outcry. That happened today. Until maybe when someone was surfing Google on their lunchtime, and the WH scrambled to add a brief blog release?

You would think that schools across the USA as led by the White House might have…should have…been more aware for all it teaches about the American experience and cultural significance. That the day before all print media would have gotten releases from a WH seeming always to look for popular tie-ins for self-promotion at the very least, or have the story read from the AM radio shows? Maybe even Google could have highlighted Martin Luther King, Jr. today on its famous home-page with a “Google Doodle” that millions see each day it chooses to do so? But, no.

Odder still, earlier this week on Easter Sunday, many Americans were angered that Google would highlight farmhand rights activist Cesar Chavez – over any recognition of the day being Easter. chavezdoodle(In fairness, they haven’t highlighted Easter since 2000.) On that Monday, it was realized that Google was actually coordinating a promotion with the Obama White House – which officially decreed the Sunday as Cesar Chavez Day, March 31, oddly to commemorate what would have been his 86th birthday. (His 85th was an election year.) On Easter Sunday, the Obama family went to mass and participated in an Easter roll/hunt on the WH lawn — but across the internet, it was all about Cesar Chavez?

What makes this tie-together, is that the Obama team actually evoked MLK just a few days ago…in promoting the legacy of Cesar Chavez. And it is quite possible that the significance of April 4th, 45 years ago today, went unrecognized?

The actual proclamation of Pres. Obama included this passage:

In 1966, when Cesar Chavez was struggling to bring attention to his cause, he received a telegram from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “As brothers in the fight for equality, I extend the hand of fellowship and goodwill,” he wrote. “We are with you in spirit and in determination that our dreams for a better tomorrow will be realized.”

Well, what was realized today on April 4th, 2013?

In fact, the White House must have been alerted of the ‘faux pas’ – as a press release/ White House blog mention was released at 4:30 pm today (or about the time most of DC’s offices are emptying for the day) in time for the nightly news on the East Coast, of course, to be alerted that the WH cared.

It was posted in the name of a senior advisor, Valerie Jarret — at 4:30 pm.

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