Tue Apr 23, 2013, 09:25 PM
Wraith20878 (164 posts)
Why Martin Luther King Was Republican
Last edited Tue Apr 23, 2013, 09:30 PM - Edit history (3)
A conservative friend of mine posted this article onto facebook. I guess they finally realized what a demographics bombshell the exit polls of the last election were. Typically, their solution to this problem is to lie.
It should come as no surprise that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican. In that era, almost all black Americans were Republicans. Why? From its founding in 1854 as the anti-slavery party until today, the Republican Party has championed freedom and civil rights for blacks. And as one pundit so succinctly stated, the Democrat Party is as it always has been, the party of the four Sís: slavery, secession, segregation and now socialism.
I've already addressed some of the misinformation in this article. It doesn't just try to claim that King was a republican, it also claims that the "southern strategy" as "an effort on the part of Nixon to get Christians in the South to stop voting for Democrats who did not share their values and were still discriminating against their fellow Christians who happened to be black."
Edit: I replyed to my friends post with this excerpt from the MLK Jr. article on wikipedia, but is there any other information that I can use as a rebuttal? Any help would be great.
As the leader of the SCLC, King maintained a policy of not publicly endorsing a U.S. political party or candidate: "I feel someone must remain in the position of non-alignment, so that he can look objectively at both parties and be the conscience of bothónot the servant or master of either." In a 1958 interview, he expressed his view that neither party was perfect, saying, "I don't think the Republican party is a party full of the almighty God nor is the Democratic party. They both have weaknesses ... And I'm not inextricably bound to either party."
King critiqued both parties' performance on promoting racial equality:
Actually, the Negro has been betrayed by both the Republican and the Democratic party. The Democrats have betrayed him by capitulating to the whims and caprices of the Southern Dixiecrats. The Republicans have betrayed him by capitulating to the blatant hypocrisy of reactionary right wing northern Republicans. And this coalition of southern Dixiecrats and right wing reactionary northern Republicans defeats every bill and every move towards liberal legislation in the area of civil rights.
Although King never publicly supported a political party or candidate for president, in a letter to a civil rights supporter in October 1956 he said that he was undecided as to whether he would vote for Adlai Stevenson or Dwight Eisenhower, but that "In the past I always voted the Democratic ticket." In his autobiography, King says that in 1960 he privately voted for Democratic candidate John F. Kennedy: "I felt that Kennedy would make the best president. I never came out with an endorsement. My father did, but I never made one." King adds that he likely would have made an exception to his non-endorsement policy for a second Kennedy term, saying "Had President Kennedy lived, I would probably have endorsed him in 1964."
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Why Martin Luther King Was Republican (Original post)
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Response to Number23 (Reply #1)
Wed Apr 24, 2013, 08:05 AM
Wraith20878 (164 posts)
2. My friend posted the article link in the beginning to facebook
I posted the wikipedia excerpt in response, and came here asking for help to continue the argument. My conservative friend never posted anything in response, so I guess I didn't need anything else.
Response to Wraith20878 (Reply #2)
Wed Apr 24, 2013, 11:09 AM
Blue_Tires (34,456 posts)
3. Please tell your "friend" to crack a book on 9th grade U.S. history
I'd suggest he start with the origins of the U.S. Civil War and continue through Reconstruction, the birth of the "Dixiecrats" and the start of the Jim Crow era...
And please don't give human fuckin' events mouse clicks...
"The problem with internet quotes, especially political ones, is so many people assume them to be true without doing their own research and thinking for themselves instead of being so goddamned intellectually lazy." -George Washington
Response to Wraith20878 (Original post)
Mon Apr 29, 2013, 12:28 PM
bigtree (50,901 posts)
6. so much wrong - not something that most Americans need sorting out
. . . think of it, just how much rw tripe is out there posing as legitimate debate. This is a good example of something that needs to be left where it came from to shrivel in it's own ignored inanity. Consider deleting because of the source, please.
Response to Name removed (Reply #7)
Sun Jun 2, 2013, 12:35 AM
uppityperson (78,861 posts)
8. You mean Mary Foster? Reading your profile makes me curious about you. Welcome to DU.
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I am curious. Do you consider yourself a Democrat? Who did you vote for or support last election? You sound disgruntled withi the Democratic party. Who do you advise support for instead? Welcome to DU. May you read and learn.
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