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MLK & Politics

Contrary to what pro pundits would have you believe, if Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was alive today he wouldn't be a Republican or a Democrat.

Both sides, via some political séance that the rest of us aren't privy to, have cited his speeches and social stances as evidence that he'd be one of them today.

He wouldn't. King was to-the-point with all of his goals and didn't waste time obfuscating, making stuff up about his opponents, or beating around the bush for fear of offending people. His message? Simple: voting & civil rights, safety, fairly administered criminal justice system, judgment of character, not looks. Nothing more, nothing less.

He would be an Independent today. Not a tea party independent or a tea cup independent, but a real independent. And all he would have to offer the extremists in both of the two major fading parties (and the extremists who pretend to be independents) is a giant backhand to smack 'em all with.


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instead of either major political party trying to make mlk one of them, why don't they try to make themselves into more like him

Jeni Hill Ertmer

Very astute observation of his intentions, James. Why don't we all try to follow his lead?


"He would be an Independent today."

I tend to agree; the last thing a person of his character would want is a bunch of elitists of either party telling him what to do.

Thom Gorman

I have to disagree as to the political ties of MLK. He represented the Anti-Segregation movement, not the Civil Rights Movement of the Kennedy era. Much of what he wanted for black people comes right out of the Reconstruction.
He was also aligned with Eisenhower's concept of Dynamic Conservatism. In other words, he adhered to Republican principles and followed in his father's footsteps to register as a Republican in 1956.

The movement against integration was led by a solid bloc of Democrats. Just check out the opposition's party affiliations (try Eugene "Bull" Conner, for instance).
The Democrats took great pains to seperate him from his mission. After all, the Democrats could not hope to contral the black vote, with a charismatic and Republican MLK in charge.
Isn't it interesting how the Dems took over the movement right after his murder. Thanks to Jesse Jackson and others wanting to be in charge.

As much as the Democrats have rewritten history, your not knowing better is understandable.

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