Create National Michael Appreciation Day

Create National Michael Appreciation Day

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Guyguy Theman started this petition to America

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, made sure that people were appreciated. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to Michael, who had been seared in the flames of withering depreciation. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of his suffering.

But 100 years later, Michael still is not appreciated. One hundred years later, the life of Michael is still sadly crippled by the manacles of unfunny and the chains of band class. One hundred years later, Michael lives on a lonely island of sad in the midst of a vast ocean of happy.

One hundred years later, Michael is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself depreciated in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition. In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the famous political documents that will remain unnamed, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men - yes, Michael as well as other men - would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of appreciation.

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as Michael is concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given Michael a bad check, a check which has come back marked insufficient funds. But we refuse to believe that the bank of appreciation is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of appreciation.

We have also come to his hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of unimportance to the sunlit path of appreciation. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quick sands of bullying to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of Michael's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and appreciation. 2021 is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that Michael needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual.

There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until Michael is granted his National Appreciation Day. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of appreciation emerges. But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of gratitude. In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for appreciation by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed Michael must not lead us to a distrust of all people, for many of our brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with Michael's destiny.

And they have come to realize that their appreciation is inextricably bound to our appreciation. We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, when will you be satisfied? We can never be satisfied as long as Michael is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of band class. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the bathrooms of the halls and the classrooms of the schools.

We cannot be satisfied as long as Michael's basic mobility is from a intermediate band class to an advanced one. We can never be satisfied as long as Michael is stripped of his selfhood and robbed of his dignity by signs stating: I don't appreciate Michael. We cannot be satisfied as long as Michael cannot be appreciated or thinks he has no reason to be appreciated. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until appreciation rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow desks. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of bullies. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to band class, go back to math class, go back to science class, go back to english class, go back to P.E, go back to the bathrooms of our school, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.

So even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and create National Michael Appreciation Day.

I have a dream that one day in math class, Michael and his persecutors can sit together on National Michael Appreciation Day and appreciate Michael.

I have a dream that one day even in band class, a class sweltering with the heat of depreciation, sweltering with the heat of oppression will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and appreciation.

I have a dream that my friend Michael will not be treated by his actions, but treated by how he is designated by law to be treated on National Michael Appreciation Day: with appreciation.

I have a dream that one day down in the bathroom with its vicious vandalizers, with its many terrorists having their lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, one day right down in the bathroom, Michael will finally be appreciated for being a good person. I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every tile shall be exalted, every wall and ceiling tile shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to school with. With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that there is National Michael Appreciation Day at least once a year.

This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning: My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrims' pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true. And so let freedom ring from not just the classes, nor the bathrooms. Let freedom ring not just from even the schools themselves. Let freedom ring from America! Let freedom ring from the world! Heck, let freedom ring from the entire universe! Let freedom in the creation of a National Michael Appreciation Day ring throughout all that exists.

And when this happens, and when we create National Michael Appreciation Day, and allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every room and every class, from every school and every building, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, people named Michael and people who aren't named Michael, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old song that Michael sang once: Somebody once told me the world was gonna rule me.

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