Newark’s version of Memorial Day festivities
While the rest of the country observes Memorial Day, Newark, New Jersey celebrates African-American Heritage Day:
Elli, who sent the photo, writes:
If they’re going to be entirely ethnocentric about it, there have been black men who fought and died for the country, but they are unrepresented in the photos of the event. Are they unacknowledged in the parade? In all fairness, the picture here is the worst of the lot by far, but it is the one the newspaper chose to run in the print edition. The Italians must be completely gone and remembering their dead elsewhere—it still matters to them.
That photo from the Star Ledger says it all.May 29
David J. writes:
I understand your dislike of events such as African-American Heritage Day. Which part miffs you more: the event itself or its occurrence on Memorial Day? When younger, I often became upset upon hearing about black festivals. However, with time, I began noticing Greek festivals, Irish festivals, Polish festivals, German festivals, and others, so perhaps I was being too hard on black Americans. Maybe they are simply following the model laid by other groups. Are ethnic celebrations totally unacceptable or do they have a particular, appropriate place in America?LA replies:
It’s not the fact of ethnic celebrations that is alien to our culture, but the contents of this particular ethnic celebration.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at May 28, 2012 04:58 PM | Send