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May 03, 2005

May the Third

This day in history:

May 3, 1942

“In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionists. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up.” — Martin Niemoller

On this day in 1942 the Nazis require Dutch Jews to begin wearing a Jewish star so they could more easily be recognized.


May 3, 1963

“We are simply seeking to bring into full realization the American dream — a dream yet unfulfilled. A dream of equality of opportunity, of privilege and property widely distributed; a dream of a land where men no longer argue that the color of a man's skin determines the content of his character; the dream of a land where every man will respect the dignity and worth of human personality — this is the dream. When it is realized, the jangling discords of our nation will be transformed into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood, and men everywhere will know that America is truly the land of the free and home of the brave.” — Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a sermon at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, May 3, 1963.

Almost four months later he delivered the famous “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial.


May 3, 2001

On this day in 2001, the United States lost its seat on the U.N. Human Rights Commission for the first time since the commission was formed in 1947. Many people had been warning that the United Nations had become a pathetic joke, this merely confirmed it. Today such notable “defenders” of human rights as Sudan, Communist China, Saudi Arabia, Cuba and Eritrea sit “proudly” on the Human Rights Commission. Unfortunately the United States government has chosen to legitimize the HRC by once again rejoining it.

Posted by Danny Carlton at May 3, 2005 10:47 AM

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The U.N. sucks!

Posted by: Jay at May 3, 2005 10:58 AM

Agreed.

Posted by: Danny Carlton at May 3, 2005 01:39 PM

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