The Associated Press really went out on a limb with this shocking headline: “AP Poll: Blacks Likelier to Celebrate mlk.jpegMLK.” Hello, Jay Leno called, and he wants to use that no-brainer in his Headlines segment tonight.

According to the story, “just under a fourth of the population said they planned to commemorate King’s birthday,” while “a solid majority of blacks, 60 percent, said they would be involved.”

Did we really need a poll to tell us that? While most of us, regardless of skin color, have great respect for the civil rights movement and Dr. King’s historic contributions to it, I’ve never known whites to feel particularly moved to commemorate MLK Day in any special way, such as going to a rally or parade.

Maybe I’m in the minority (pardon the pun). I marched in an MLK Day Parade years ago in Atlanta. OK, it was only as a loyal member of the University of Georgia Redcoat Marching Band, but I still marched. Virtually all the spectators along the route were polite, even supportive, except for a few who yelled for us to dance instead of march. They obviously preferred the innovative techniques of the Florida A&M Marching 100. But we just were a different style of band. (Read: boring).

Anyway, I need to get back to work. Our employer didn’t give us the day off.

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