Reminds me of when Atlanta didn't want to host a celebratory dinner for MLK's Nobel Peace Prize. Then Coca Cola got involved and said:
'Coca-Cola cannot stay in a city that's going to have this kind of reaction and not honor a Nobel Peace Prize winner,'
The tactic worked.
I remember when I moved from Arizona as a child and didn’t know MLK Jr Day was a holiday and that Rodeo Weekend was not...
I lived in AZ at the time... The issue wasn't racism so much as how it was presented on the ballot. If I remember right, there were three different proposals for HOW to make it a holiday -- add it, or add it and remove columbus day, or add it and combine two other days... something like that. It was stupid, and I still don't know what they'd have done if more than one passed. But in the end, they split the "yes" vote three ways and none of them passed despite public support for it being a holiday.
The fact that it had to be a ballot measure rather than simply enacted by government might have had some racial component. If I remember right, there was a lot of hubub about adding a holiday when government employees already got more holidays than private employees.
*You gotta be racist as hell to not want to take a day off of work.*
*~ Damon Waynes*