Every year, Americans go through the January ritual of honoring Martin Luther King Jr., our secular civil rights saint and martyr. Marches and parades take place and multitudinous recitations of his stirring “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963.

We’re more interested in idolizing King than applying the principles for which he died to contemporary American life. We have a knack for celebrating out heroes’ past deeds rather than examining how they might apply to us. Very few will ask, “If King were still with us, what would he say about our country today?”

King was killed in Memphis, supporting city sanitation workers organizing a union for better wages and safe work conditions. Yet, little mention is made of his work in favor of unions and higher pay. Indeed, wages are still low; and opponents have leveled constant warfare against unions, diminishing their membership and undercutting a vehicle for economic rights.

Nor do people recall that King’s popularity at the time of his death was steadily shrinking because he opposed the Vietnam War, which saw a disproportionate number of men of color sent to another country’s war, only to return in box coffins.

The Johnson administration and the mainline press viciously attacked this man of peace, the winner of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize. What would King say today about all the wars in which America is involved, open or covert?

At the time of his assassination, King was preparing to lead a Poor People’s March on Washington that summer, calling for a radical redistribution of economic and political power. It “... is necessary for us to realize that we have moved from the era of civil rights to the era of human rights,” said King. The word “poverty” would not be in his vocabulary, but “economic injustice.”

This, too, drew the contempt of the power structure that would countenance a civil rights effort in the nation, but not an economic re-ordering. This is hardly in the speeches of today, commemorating his life, but ignoring one his most profound and radical challenges to American democracy. Has he failed in this?

We can also accurately predict how King would approach todays’ immigrant crisis. He would adamantly oppose the wall as contrary to the nation’s values and the basic moral principles of humanity. He would open our gates to people seeking refuge from violence and economic repression; he would jail no women nor assign children to desert tent camps.

And we know what King would make of our still “separate but equal” schools, 65 years after Brown v. Board of Education, that maintain a second-class citizenship in our communities with severe economic consequences.

Martin Luther King Jr. would want each of us on the front lines. His message today, I’m sure, would be something like, “Forget about singing my praises. Get to work. Honor me by rolling up your sleeves and doing the justice work I believed in. The people need you.”

James C. Harrington is a human rights lawyer in Austin, and the founder and director emeritus of the Texas Civil Rights Project.

(73) comments

Bailey Jones

As a white man born in the 1950's I remember MLK and the excitement of those days, the triumphs as well as the tragedies. I've always believed that, just as Lincoln freed the blacks, MLK freed the whites. Lincoln destroyed the moral, legal and economic basis for slavery. MLK provided compelling moral arguments that allowed many of my generation to reject the pervasive racism of our parents and grandparents, our neighbors, our teachers, our preachers and our political leaders. And, as the work of Lincoln is by no means done, neither is the work of MLK. For many white Americans, pervasive racism has been replaced with the pervasive denial that it remains a problem - regardless of all the evidence to the contrary. But I still believe, and I have great hope for this latest generation.

Paula Flinn

“We need leaders not in love with Money but in love with Justice. Not in love with Publicity but in love with Humanity..”

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality...I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”
Martin Luther King, Jr. in his own words.

George Croix

I opined recently that Bailey was a woman's name. When no correction was made, stuck to it.
My apologies for misrepresenting you.

That aside, I note that your comment that pervasive racism has been replaced by denying it's a problem was directed only at white people.
Fact is, it's NOT just whites. In fact, race baiting and race-applied-as-the-issue-behind-every-issue-or-incident is directed AT white people so often it's become nearly, if not completely, a cliche' and overpowers and takes away from REAL issues of racism....easily proven to oneself by simply keeping eyes and ears open....
THAT was not Dr. King's desired result.

Paula Flinn

That was hardly an issue in the lifetime of Martin Luther King, Jr. which was cut short by an assassin’s shot. But if it had been, he would not have approved. ”Keeping eyes and ears open,” if one acts like a racist and speaks like a racist, then acts, like voter suppression being directed toward minority groups, and the approval of it, are racist acts. If good people keep calling out racism, and racist acts are made public, and not accepted, then I believe things will change for the better. Dr. King believed in loving God, and loving your neighbor.

George Croix

King was killed 50 years ago, PF. A half century.
As long as 'good people' keep assuming that 'racist' is only a white thing, then that 50 years hasn't taught us a whole heckuva lot.....

Don Schlessinger

Amen George!

Emile Pope

And some people it taught nothing...

George Croix

Here's one of them, Pope.
As seen on TV in multiple videos, and as reported by Salon, hardly a conservative publication.
Yesterday, speaking at an MLK Day event, The Chair of the House Democrat House Caucus, Hakeem Jeffries, called Pres. Trump the "grand wizard of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue".

Now, nobody can make such race baiting stupidity up....yet THIS is a top echelon face of what passes for a once proud Democrat Party.

WORSE than him, though, since he;s just ONE stupid race baiter, were the cheers and applause from the 'audience', indicating that the utter derangement has mettastisized into the body politic............
Not just stupid, but dangerous.......
What an outrageous display to put on on MLK Day, and EXACTLY my point about 'leaders' these days co-opting a good man's name, then doing the exatc opposite of what he preached.........

Emile Pope

And what exactly would that be? Accept injustice and inequality simply because the ones who benefit from it don't want to be reminded that it exists. Louie Gomert, how many times have you denounced him for his comments?

George Croix

Another SJW.....[rolleyes]

George Croix

Aaahhhh...... Louis the Mouth
Here's a report from the same source, Salon:

"GOHMERT: And I know the president made the mistake one day of saying he had visited all 57 states, and I'm well aware that there are not 57 states in this country, although there are 57 members of OIC, the Islamic states in the world. Perhaps there was some confusion whether he'd been to all 57 Islamic states as opposed to all 50 U.S. states. But nonetheless, we have an obligation to the 50 American states, not the 57 Muslim, Islamic states. Our oath we took is in this body, in this House. And it's to the people of America. And it's not to the Muslim Brotherhood, who may very well take over Egypt and once they do, they are bent upon setting up a caliphate around the world, including the United States. And this administration will been [sic] complicit in helping people who wants [sic] to destroy our country."

Well, although we were all assured that the '57 states' was just a slip of the tongue...and likely was......what was most definitely NOT a 'slip' was 'negotiating' an Iran deal GUARANTEED to get them a nuke in a decade, even if ALL of the conditions were met, and sending them a pallet of CASH, to The World's Largest Sponsor of Terrorism......
It's also a fact that barack was not accused by Gomert of being a LEADER of terrorists, unlike the new House Democrat Caucus Chair, and his 'grand wizard' speech to 'honor the memory of MLK".....
Perspective, Pope....

This stuff has gotten really old to a lot of people......after a half century or so of perpetual victimhood and living in the last century.....
For so many to be decrying 'lack of opportunity', I suppose it never occurs to them to look in a mirror..............

Bailey Jones

George - yes, we should be careful how we name our kids. Mine is from a family civil war hero, so I'm stuck both with what has become a woman's name, and a historical legacy I don't much care for. But I agree, racism is pervasive among all races - as we would expect since people of all races are the same, warts and all. Yet it remains that there is scarcely a measure where minorities don't suffer relative to whites - economic outcome, educational outcome, health and life expectancy, criminal justice outcomes, etc. If one assumes, as I do, that all peoples have the same potential, then there must be other issues at play, both institutional and cultural. That's where the battles remain.

George Croix

Fair enough, Bailey. Again, my regrets for the name error.
Gotta tell ya, I don't have much use for blanket labels, assumptions, or blame. I, personally, am not to blame for, and take no responsibility for, and have no intention of walking around head down for, the racial evils of the past, or much of anything else, unless I was involved in it.
I am responsible for me, and what I do, and how I act, and re-act. I am not responsible for the white, black, brown, red, yellow, multi-color races or any of their failures or successes that I do or did not have a hand in.
I currently live in 2019, not 1819, or 1919, or, anything in between.
I came from a very poor background, and a not so hot home life, to say the least, but that's nobody else's fault but OUR family's fault. I get a bit tired of hearing about 'at risk' people' and special concessions made for them, having qualified for that label before it WAS a label, but never using it as an excuse to do poorly in school, or to not try to earn my own way, or to beat others over the head
When opportunity knocked, I answered...Blessed to get that opportunity, yes, but not being ready to answer would have been on ME, not anybody else. MY choice to better myself as much as possible, or find excuses not to.
To each of us our own opinions, and our own individual experiences, but we do a disservice to each other, all of us, when we get too busy living yesterday, and looking for things to point at when we don't want to point at ourselves.
We, each of us, do not HAVE to follow a path of institutionalized or cultural expectations or habits or practices that so separate us from faith in our own selves and the desire to push ourselves to win that we succumb to the soft abuse of low expectations.
Despite big improvements in this country, whether the people profiting from turmoil and strife acknowledge them or not, it could, and would, improve much much more if we spent less time worshiping at the alter of diversity and differences and a heckuva lot more working on similarities and on unity...
THAT will not happen as long as we assume that the solution starts at racial, rather than at the individual.....
IMO, as always......

Emile Pope

A person who sees injustice and does not act or speak out against it is complicit in it...

Bailey Jones

George, I agree completely that we are each responsible for our own success or failure. And I have no interest in artificially forcing outcomes based on race. My interest is simply in equalizing opportunity - regardless of race. My goals are the same as yours - a world where each of us can succeed or fail based on our own efforts and capabilities. I don't know what opportunities you answered, but I do know the opportunities I had. And I know that those opportunities were not open to blacks, regardless of effort or capability. And yes, this was during the 70s and 80s, and yes, things are better now. But we're not there yet. 10 years ago I was in need of a dozen engineers for a project. I took the first 12 resumes that met my requirements. One of them was a young black man. I got a call from a manager two levels up - someone I didn't answer to directly and who had never questioned one of my hiring decisions before. Was I sure that this engineer was a good hire? Would he fit in to "our culture"? Was the black college he attended good enough? And so on. And I have plenty of other stories. We're not there yet, but we are getting there. I know because I hired that guy and he's now one of my best.

George Croix

A person who sees injustice only by color is guilty of exactly what he claims to oppose.
Projection - very 'progressive'.......

George Croix

Allissa Milano (sp?) says MAGA caps are the 'new white hoods'.
I tell ya, you can't fix stupidity like that......

George Croix

What you describe, Bailey, is an indictment against THAT guy, not an entire race.

Bailey, My opportunity was a guy failed his new employee-to-be physical after his job interview, so, as the only one left who'd applied for the job, and not selected, I was called and asked if I'd still want it. Passed my physical. FIRST two minutes on the job called to new boss' office, and told to my face he didn't want me, because I did not fit the criteria they had hoped to fill (3 guesses.......), but they HAD to have somebody, and I'd better watch out because they'd really wanted that other guy.
My response was to go about my business, and never give them an excuse to regret their failed hopes.
What you describe works in all directions, in the real world........
We can either be beaten by it, complain about it, or win against it.
Personally, I hate losing......

Bailey Jones

George - The idea that "progressives" view everything through the lens of race is just another of those tired old conservative tropes talking heads use to sow division. I use race here because it's relevant to the life of MLK, who was fighting against the racialization of the country, as codified in race laws since America's inception. Those laws are gone, but certainly not forgotten by those of use old enough to have lived through them. As a "progressive" I believe that it is the role of society to identify and remove the barriers that separate Americans from their unalienable rights - life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Sometimes those barriers lie along racial lines, sometimes not. Poor education isn't a racial issue, nor is children being poisoned by lead in drinking water, nor is opioid addiction, etc. All of these are good "progressive" issues. But this is a discussion about MLK and the lasting effects of Jim Crow and systemic, institutionalized, racial hatred.

Carlos Ponce

Bailey Jones, not everything is seen by Democrats through just "race". They do seem to engage in "identity politics" whether its race, creed, gender, ethnic origin.
Look at the following who appear to voice an "anti-Catholic" rhetoric:
Kama Harris (D- CA) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) who both questioned a judicial nominees' Catholic viewpoints and membership in the Knights of Columbus.
Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) questioning 7th Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Amy Coney Barrett about her Catholicism. Senator Durbin identifies himself as "Catholic" but questioned Barrett's use of "Orthodox Catholic".
Plenty of more evidence of "identity politics" by Democrats. Shall I continue?

Bailey Jones

Carlos, identity politics works (for both parties) because it's hard wired human nature to identify with with your own "tribe" and disparage other "tribes". I prefer to think about root causes of problems rather than the us vs them mentality of politics. It just happens that in this instance - the work of MLK - the root cause is systemic racism against blacks. I have no problem admitting the faults of the democratic party because they are exactly the same as the republican party. If you want to debate identity politics I can point to Steve Bannon, Steve King, and so on. Just google "white identity politics". Political tactics aren't really an interest of mine, except that I'm more inclined to react poorly to my own party's failures than point to the other side. How about you?

Carlos Ponce

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
With the Democrats "identity politics" Democrats are still judging.

Ron Woody

Mr. Croix, I will never be able to believe anything you ever state! LOL!

It is interesting to note that it is no longer the color of your skin that make's one a racist, but the color of a hat!

Reporting over the weekend was atrocious with BuzzFeed and Covington Catholic. Want to know why the President is still popular look at the media. Instead of evaluating policies they evaluate emotions. Why is Congress so ineffective, because instead of solving problems they sow division.

Just sad!

George Croix

Yes, and even more unfortunately, it's too often BOTH sides of Congress that can't find their backsides with both hands, despite their heads already being there.....[beam][beam]

Rusty Schroeder

"White man with blue eyes" , "this was a racial attack" , those weren't the words of a white American were they Bailey ? Do I need to quote the great Sheila Jackson Lee, who when confronted with the truth refused to apologize ? How about the Reverend Al Sharpton or Louis Farrakhan, want to defend some of their comments? I try and get along with people of all races, have and have had customers of all races. But you, as a white man born in the 50's seem to want to believe all prejudice comes from white Americans. Unlike you, I see the world and our country with a very clear vision. Sure their is racial divide, look at Ferguson, Missouri, the birth of the Black Lives Matters movement. That was more dividing and media fueled than anything I have seen since the Rodney Scott riots in Los Angeles. Two totally different situations, one a black man was beaten violently after being subdued on the ground. The other, a young black man who just robbed a store attacked and reached for a policeman's gun, ultimately paying the price with his life. In both instances the black community burned, pillaged, and rioted in their own neighborhoods. The media portrayed the latter as a social injustice with a white police officer to blame, not a robbery suspect that attacked an officer trying to uphold justice. So I guess it's the outlook you take about racial tensions, mine is unlike yours, I don't prescribe to what the media wants me to believe. I like to see a persons true intentions and character, no matter their race. The shooting of the 7 yr. old girl that was killed in Houston by the white male with blue eyes, that was racially motivated, what happened to all the press, pro athletes, and celebrities after the truth emerged? The only victim was a 7 yr. old girl who lost her life, that was all forgotten in less than 24 hrs. and racial hate crime was all that was heard. Who do you blame that on Bailey? I'd like to know your answer.

Randy Chapman

Very well written Rusty.

Paula Flinn

If alive today, Dr.. Martin Luther King, Jr. would condemn any and all racism, I am sure. He wanted his children, and all of us, to be judged by the content of our character, not the color of our skin.

Rusty Schroeder

Fact is Paula he is not, and there are many that use his name and ethnicity to preach their own hate filled racial diatribe. That is fact, just like Selma and Montgomery were fact. History has been filled with racism, it still is today, but the scale is more balanced today than it was in the 50's and 60's.

Paula Flinn

Rusty, this article asks the question: If MLK we’re alive today, what would he say?
I believe he would say the same thing to all races that he said before. BLM did not start out as a terrorist organization. It started out as an organization to say Black Lives Matter, Too! There were many white policemen, at the time,
involved in the deaths of African-Americans. Every person who is not racist should believe that All Lives Matter. MLK, I believe, would agree with that.

Rusty Schroeder

Paula where did I say the BLM movement was a terrorist organization? Are you saying it is ? I think every life matters, Jazmine Barnes life mattered, and she was murdered by 2 African American males that were described by her mother as a white male with blue eyes and she felt it was racially motivated. My original statement was directed at Bailey's 2nd to last sentence in his original post. Which he has somewhat explained in other posts. There have been white men and Hispanic men killed by white police officers as well as Hispanic and black police officers, where is that outrage? The outcry is nowhere as loud then nor attracts media and celebrity attention nationwide. You know what I think MLK would say if he was alive today ? He would tell everyone to calm down. interact with your neighbors, and treat one another like you would treat your own. Be nice and compassionate of others, for you know not the shoes they walk. A racially divided nation is an easily conquered nation by others with hatred towards it. That is what I think MLK would say if he were alive.

Emile Pope

BLM is not nor ever was a terroristic organization. You're confusing it with the Klan. And exactly when did all lives matter? Tell me the date and time...

Rusty Schroeder

Emile who are you talking to ? If your talking to me I never called the BLM movement a terrorist organization, Paula referred to it as such. All lives matter every day and night, 24/7 365, emergency rooms and hospitals would be non-existent if they didn't. And there you go with a racial comment bringing the Klan into the discussion, no one but you has said a word about the Klan. Emile's World, lost and confused in 2019 as it was in 2018.

Paula Flinn

Because of the police shooting in Dallas, people have referred to BLM as a terrorist organization on this forum. Some of your conservative buddies on this forum, at other times, have done so. Maybe you didn’t, but they did.
I certainly don’t think that BLM is a terrorist group. I have a sis-in-law in St. Louis who has/had a sign in her yard.

Carlos Ponce

"people have referred to BLM as a terrorist organization on this forum."
Paula, since you are the first person to use "BLM" and "terrorist" in his or her post ON THIS FORUM......... "The Lady doth protests too much, methinks."
"BLM did not start out as a terrorist organization."
Are you implying it ended up as such??????[scared]

Paula Flinn

Carlos, I remember quite clearly that at least one person on this forum called BLM a “terrorist” organization.
If you can read and comprehend English, I clearly stated that I don’t believe it is or was a terrorist organization. However. you seem to derive pleasure in putting people on the defensive, so I will say again: I DO NOT BELIEVE BLM IS, OR WAS EVER, A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION.
I also did not accuse Rusty S. of saying that!

Bailey Jones

No Rusty, I'm simply speaking from my own experience. I was raised by racists, attended segregated schools and a church founded on racism, a college which refused blacks (even though it was then illegal), worked at corporations that actively discriminated, seen my neighbors flee neighborhoods where minorities tried to become established, seen families disown their children who crossed a color line. These are the sins of my own race, the things that I claim ownership of and responsibility for. I don't have any need to deflect blame by pointing at the mote in the eyes of other races The beam in my own race's eye is large enough to fully occupy my attention.

Rusty Schroeder

Martin Luther King was a Republican :)

Emile Pope

Totally false. He did not belong to a political party...

Carlos Ponce

"As we celebrate civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. across America today, it is important to note that MLK was a Republican. Dr. Alveda King, a civil rights activist and his niece, has long tried to share this information with the world through the National Black Republican Association and other efforts."
http://www.centralfloridapost.com/2019/01/21/martin-luther-king-jr-was-republican-according-to-his-niece/

Carlos Ponce

From the Baltimore Afro American
" Democrats were alarmed at a circular letter suggesting that colored people nominate Dr. Martin Luther King, a Republican for the Presidency against President Kennedy in the 1964 elections."
[Note: Kennedy was killed in November 1963 so the circular was forgotten]

Rusty Schroeder

Again, more Emile spouting untruths. Emile's world is what Emile believes, no facts or basis of truth come from Emile's posts.

Emile Pope

She was wrong. And where is her evidence to prove that? He did not belong to any party.

Emile Pope

A circular??? Printed by whom. Did he produce it? More unsupported claims meaning nothing...

George Croix

Pope, did you REALLY just say that "unsupported claims mean nothing"?
Was that with a straight face? [beam][beam][beam][beam][beam][beam][beam][beam]

Carlos Ponce

"A circular??? Printed by whom." I wasn't there, Emile. I just report what was found in an African- American publication from the 1960s.

Rusty Schroeder

Emile you would argue wet and dry in your world. I am totally amazed you have made it this far in life with your constant denial of the truth. I guess in Emile's World Dr. Alveda King doesn't know the truth that you possess. Your a hoot Emile, I look forward to being able to read your interpretations of the truth, you should rewrite the Bible.

Bailey Jones

Rusty, of course MLK was a Republican. In those days, in the south, the democrats were the party of segregation and the confederacy, the party of slavery. In the 60s, due in large part to MLK and so many others, democrats woke up to their history and rejected it utterly, becoming the party of civil rights. Those democrats who would not, or could not, embrace civil rights as a national goal became republicans. I don't know your age, but perhaps you remember when the change happened. It was the 70s, and seemingly overnight, Texas turned from blue to red.

Don Schlessinger

Well said!!

George Croix

We lost King, and in his place got a bunch of lifetime perpetual victims and trouble makers masquerading as 'leaders', who immediately forgot what King was all about, and used his good name as a cover for their own actions...actions anathema to the vision of King.
Not only did, but still doing it.............
That vision hoped for has to be all encompassing, not self-exclusionary, to work....

Emile Pope

MLK was as hated back when he was alive as the people who protest injustice and oppression are today. And many of the same things are being said about them also. I even heard some president called them SOBs. Interesting how people embraced him after he died and no longer posed a threat. MLK was about taking action against injustice when It was found and anyone doing that is fulfilling his legacy...

George Croix

I heard one president saying the Police acted 'stupidly', and later sending over a hundred Justice Dept. lawyers to a little town to try to prove that 'Hands up, don't shoot" was NOT the lie that it so obviously was and that a 'gentle giant' was not the strong arm punk robber he was, and later inviting the people who used THAT lie to form a group openly calling for "Dead Cops. Now.", and getting them. Same guy even stood behind 'give them space to destroy' when mobs were trashing a city over MORE false accusations against Police.
Jesse and Al and their cohorts and even the prima donna 'athletes' have a little problem with protesting i justice while being the poster children for it themselves....
On this planet, I mean.....

Emile Pope

BLM was formed over the shooting of Trayvon Martin. With so many avenue of information it is surprising how people can be so ill informed. Oh well, the base can always use more recruits...

George Croix

The calls for dead cops started after Ferguson, Pope.
Before that, BLM was too busy trying to pretend the 'son that barack never had' was innocent as the driven snow.....
Brain in gear, Pope, before mouth in motion....try it....

Carlos Ponce

Most of the rhetoric from BLM concerning Trayvon Martin was false, also. George Zimmerman was no Boy Scout but neither was Trayvon.
On July 13, 2013, a jury acquitted Zimmerman of the charges of second degree murder and manslaughter. For three years, the U. S. Department of Justice (DOJ) investigated Zimmerman on civil rights charges. In February 2015, the DOJ concluded there was not sufficient evidence that Zimmerman intentionally violated the civil rights of Martin, saying the Zimmerman case did not meet the "high standard" for a federal hate crime prosecution. The Attorney General at the time was Eric Holder.
BLM Co-Founder Patrise Cullors refers to Trayvon Martin's shooting as being "in cold blood." False as determined by a court and the DOJ.
Patrise Cullors kept calling Zimmerman "white". That's like calling Barack Obama "white". She ignored his mixed heritage.
Patrise Cullors never acknowledges the police evidence, the jury findings nor the DOJ findings. They didn't fit her false narrative.

Emile Pope

The DOJ did not determine what you said. More false statements...

Carlos Ponce

See:
"U.S. won't file charges against George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin death"
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-florida-zimmerman-idUSKBN0LS26C20150224
"U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the circumstances of the Zimmerman case did not meet the "high standard" for a federal hate crime prosecution."
"The department said it had not found sufficient evidence that Zimmerman, who was acquitted of murder in state court, intentionally violated the civil rights of Martin, 17."
"The federal investigation was then resumed, Justice Department officials said.
Investigators said they reviewed all the evidence presented by state prosecutors and interviewed 75 witnesses. From the initial encounter through the shooting, the Justice Department said, it did not find evidence 'beyond a reasonable doubt' that Zimmerman had confronted Martin on account of his race, knowingly defying the law."

Carlos Ponce

See DOJ report:
"Federal Officials Close Investigation Into Death of Trayvon Martin"
https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/federal-officials-close-investigation-death-trayvon-martin
"The Justice Department announced today that the independent federal investigation found insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida. Prosecutors from the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, officials from the FBI, and the Justice Department’s Community Relations Service met today with Martin’s family and their representatives to inform them of the findings of the investigation and the decision."

Jarvis Buckley

Rusty as a old blue eyed white haired
man I want to tell you I appreciated
your article.

Jarvis Buckley

Emile just like this old blue eyed gray haired man . Martin Luther King was a Republican. That's a fact👍

Dan Freeman

From Snopes: A commonly circulated item about Martin Luther King that is not included in this list is the claim that King was a Republican. Such claims are based purely on speculation; King himself never expressed an affiliation with, nor endorsed candidates for, any political party, and his son, Martin Luther King III, said: “It is disingenuous to imply that my father was a Republican. He never endorsed any presidential candidate, and there is certainly no evidence that he ever even voted for a Republican.” https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/four-things-about-king/

Dan Freeman

From https://www.britannica.com/story/was-martin-luther-king-jr-a-republican-or-a-democrat:

Was Martin Luther King a Republican or Democrat: "The official answer is neither. King talked very infrequently about his personal politics and was not formally affiliated with either political party. Nor did he explicitly endorse any candidate. In fact, he stated, “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.” What’s more, the parties of King’s time were different from the parties we know today; policies and platforms have changed drastically over time. According to King biographer David J. Garrow, King was fond of some Republican politicians, such as Richard Nixon, although it is almost certain that King voted for Democrats John F. Kennedy in 1960 and Lyndon Johnson in 1964. Among the few times he ventured into open partisanship was to denounce Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater, who, as a senator, had voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964. King said in an interview, “I had no alternative but to urge every Negro and white person of goodwill to vote against Mr. Goldwater and to withdraw support from any Republican candidate that did not publicly disassociate himself from Senator Goldwater and his philosophy.”

Pretty good summary even today.

Carlos Ponce

That's the official report but his niece knows more.

Jim Forsythe

OPINION, Oct. 10, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ -- The following is submitted by Alveda King of King for America:
I have few regrets in my life. At the top of the list is the demise of two children in my womb, and one miscarriage. Next to that, I regret having said to a group of peers that my Uncle M. L. (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) was a Republican. My Grandfather, Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. was a registered Republican. Uncle M. L. was an independent. I assumed that since Granddaddy was a Republican, Uncle M. L. was too. After all, before the election of President John F. Kennedy, the majority of African American voters were Republicans. Granddaddy convinced a large block of Blacks to vote for President John Kennedy after he helped to get my uncle out of jail during those turbulent days. Uncle M. L. tended to vote Democrat, but remained independent because he found weaknesses in both parties. The truth of the matter is that God isn't a Republican or a Democrat or a Tea Party voter. God doesn't vote. The squabbling and division among the parties is tragic.

Wise Christian leaders such as Dr. Billy Graham and others who have visited the White House over the years to advise sitting presidents have focused on the times and not the parties. I'm beginning to understand the wisdom of such. As a result, I am no longer endorsing political candidates, choosing rather to vote responsibly and to follow the Bible instructions that we must pray for all people, including those in authority.
As a Christian leader and civil rights activist, Uncle M. L. followed a pattern of not publicly endorsing a U.S. political party or candidate. He wrote: "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 both -- not 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."
As one who has been elected to office as a Georgia State Representative (D), served as a presidential appointee (R) and who has often voted as an Independent, I can truly say that we would all be better off without the political squabbles that tend to divide us.

Carlos Ponce

"I regret having said...."
She just "regrets" having said it. Why? Because it turned a lot of people against her?

Jim Forsythe

Uncle M. L. tended to vote Democrat, but remained independent

Carlos Ponce

No one knows how anyone votes, Jim.

Carlos Ponce

Except the person who votes.
Tended to vote - He was born January 15, 1929 meaning he was eligible to vote in the 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964 presidential elections. Here's a picture of him with President Eisenhower.
http://westa.org/extraordinary-life-martin-luther-king-jr/mlk2/
While no assumptions can be made that he actually voted for the man......
would you be pictured, smiling with a president you did not vote for?
Maybe there's a picture of Jim Forsythe standing next to President Trump - smiling.
Considering anti- Black oppression occurred at the time under the Democrat Party in Georgia, one could only guess. My money would be that MLK Jr. liked Ike.
Here's a picture of MLK Jr. with President Johnson:
https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/blog/2012/01/16/archives-dr-martin-luther-king-white-house
He's not smiling. But he does smile? with JFK:
https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/DC-Decoder/2014/0120/Martin-Luther-King-Jr.-and-John-F.-Kennedy-civil-rights-wary-allies
"An old tape recording of Martin Luther King Jr., played in public Monday for the first time, is a reminder that MLK and JFK shared an era and a cause, but were not close allies on civil rights."
"JFK and MLK shared an era and a cause, but they were not close allies, as the tone of these remarks makes clear. They admired each other’s best qualities but were suspicious of the other’s flaws. On civil rights, they marched to different cadences."

Jim Forsythe

I will take you on your word about the following statement you made..
Carlos Ponce Jan 22, 2019 5:17pm
"That's the official report but his niece knows more".
His niece said he remained independent. She stated the facts that she now is sure of. Unless you know more about this then she does, you are just blowing up dust.

Carlos Ponce

"I regret having said...." "....Tended to vote Democrat.." both not a denial that he voted Republican. Chances are he voted for the man, not the party. I would not be surprised if he voted for Republicans sometimes and Democrats some times or maybe another party.
The 1952 Georgia ballot lists the following: Democrat, Republican, Progressive, Socialist, Socialist-Labor, Prohibition, Christian Nationalist, and America First Parties.

Mike Zeller

Maybe there's a picture of Trump standing next to Putin - smiling. My money would be that Trump liked Putin.

Carlos Ponce

There are pictures of Barack Obama with Putin:
"The pair were photographed enjoying tea and pastries in Putin's garden."
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2015/09/26/putin-and-obama-a-brief-history-of-painfully-awkward-face-to-face-meetings/?utm_term=.9d355a6fcce8

George Croix

Mike, a few minutes searching can reveal literally dozens of pix with Russian leaders by various Presidents, any of which can be interpreted any way the person looking at them wants.
For evidence of REAL 'Russian collusion..." we need audio/video, do we not. Something so widely shown and vetted that it's not open to interpretation.

In that spirit, we have this, very evident, example of 'Russian collusion', in the words of the colluder himself.........
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsFR8DbSRQE

Unfortunately, i couldn't find a video of ex-Pres. Clinton giving his half million buck speech In Russia just before his wife made over 100 million bucks for their 'foundation' selling access to USA uranium....or of Wasserman-Schulz and the DNC and the Clinton campaign paying off the Ukranians (does ex-Russian count....??) for 'dossier' supposed dirt, but, I'll keep looking....
[beam][beam][beam][beam][beam]

Russian collusion! The Left was all for it, before they were against it....[whistling][rolleyes][lol]

George Croix

I think MLK would have said that all MSM media outlets and sources should have at least ONE opposing political viewpoint on their editorial and reporting staffs.....[beam][beam][beam]

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