Sunday, January 14, 2007

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a lefty (politically, that is)

(Photo stolen from here)
Minipundit lays it out:
King was one of the first national figures to stand up and oppose the war in Vietnam. He supported a guaranteed minimum income and took a serious stand against poverty. He self-identified as a democratic socialist. He was constantly persecuted by the FBI, and kept an openly gay ex-Communist socialist (the inimitable Bayard Rustin) as his closest adviser. Any conservative who claims that they support King is either ignorant or lying; same with any "sensible centrist" like Joe Klein or David Broder. King was a figure of the left, and the center and right's attempts to claim him as their own are extremely unseemly.
I wouldn't go so far as to say "Any conservative who claims that they support King is either ignorant or lying". There may be conservatives who support King in some areas of his activism but not others. But I do think that the racisim that fueled and continues to fuel the conservative movement needs to be highlighted. And for anyone in today's right-wing to claim King as one of their own is patently absurd.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think this is a toucjing peace one blood 2 all blacks out there stay strong one day we will live in a better community with completly no racism all whites accept were here to stay.

9:29 PM, December 03, 2007  

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