I don't know, I never really got the hang of this holiday.  Whenever we did any sort of real reading of what he said and of what Malcolm X said, it always seemed like MLK, Jr. was pretty much the "safe" alternative that appealed most to worried white people.  Hell, Malcolm X refused to put up with any form of segregation and told his people to defend themselves--MLK, Jr. definitely said at one point that he was willing to live in a separated peace (it's been a while, so I don't know exactly where, sorry).

But, nevertheless, look who got the holiday.  I guess that he had more useful long-term ideals; Malcolm X's militancy could only ever have been a short-term solution.

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