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Was Martin Luther King A Communist?
JoeClarke.Net ^ | 02/15/2010 | JoeClarke.Net

Posted on 02/15/2010 4:57:58 AM PST by joeclarke

Before going on tour overseas, I stayed in the same motel in which Martin Luther King was assassinated, in April 1968 - exactly one week before his assassination. They closed down the Naval Air Station in Memphis where I was stationed, as Memphis was ravaged and torched for weeks.

After I returned from Vietnam with a disability and hospitalization, I began to hang with dope smoking hippy friends who offered quite a different lifestyle than the one I was accustomed to in the Marine Corps during those years in the late 60's. Yes, I became a temporary lib fully enveloped by the psychedelic counter culture that bragged on how many times in a day it could call the police "pigs."

One of the good things that surfaced from an otherwise very regrettable decade was the quest for civil rights for blacks, which I also championed by doing some work for the Civil Rights Commission. Little did I know that the movement would become so derailed from its original quest, which was primarily enacted to provide federal protections for minorities. Its now the majority that needs protection from the communist-style state that developed from all the Affirmative Action programs which turned War On Poverty programs into War On Prosperity programs, especially for Blacks.

Today's unlivable inner cities may thank liberal progressives for their plight and blight.

Martin Luther King was an effective political leader, yet he lacked the man-of-the-cloth morality that would have most benefited blacks as well as white people, according to his own sidekick, the Reverend Ralph Abernathy, who was also a civil rights pioneer, but not in the Jesse Jackson vein. Reverend Ralph Abernathy's book And the Walls Came Tumbling Down offers the best reasons why Martin Luther King (aka Michael King) should not have his birthday celebrated as a national holiday.

I accidentally found the below article on the interweb, and with all the talk about Obama's communist learnings and leanings, I thought it relevant to investigate the possible communist aspirations of Martin Luther King. He certainly was very warm hearted toward the Communist North Vietnamese - even while I was fighting them in Vietnam. The anonymous writer is obviously Caucaso-Centric, no different to me than Afro-Centric writers. The question is, is this factual history?

The Beast as Saint:
The Truth About "Martin Luther King, Jr."

WHEN THE COMMUNISTS TOOK OVER a country, one of the first things that they did was to confiscate all the privately-held weapons, to deny the people the physical ability to resist tyranny. But even more insidious than the theft of the people's weapons was the theft of their history. Official Communist "historians" rewrote history to fit the current party line. In many countries, revered national heroes were excised from the history books, or their real deeds were distorted to fit Communist ideology, and Communist killers and criminals were converted into official "saints." Holidays were declared in honor of the beasts who murdered countless nations.

Did you know that much the same process has occurred right here in America?

Every January, the media go into a kind of almost spastic frenzy of adulation for the so-called "Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr." King has even had a national holiday declared in his honor, an honor accorded to no other American, not Washington, not Jefferson, not Lincoln. (Washington and Lincoln no longer have holidays -- they share the generic-sounding "President's Day.") A liberal judge has sealed the FBI files on King until the year 2027. What are they hiding? Let's take a look at this modern-day plastic god.

Born in 1929, King was the son of a Black preacher known at the time only as "Daddy King." "Daddy King" named his son Michael. In 1935, "Daddy King" had an inspiration to name himself after the Protestant reformer Martin Luther. He declared to his congregation that henceforth they were to refer to him as "Martin Luther King" and to his son as "Martin Luther King, Jr." None of this name changing was ever legalized in court. "Daddy" King's son's real name is to this day Michael King.

King's Brazen Cheating

We read in Michael Hoffman's "Holiday for a Cheater":

The first public sermon that King ever gave, in 1947 at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, was plagiarized from a homily by Protestant clergyman Harry Emerson Fosdick entitled "Life is What You Make It," according to the testimony of King's best friend of that time, Reverend Larry H. Williams.

The first book that King wrote, "Stride Toward Freedom, - -was plagiarized from numerous sources, all unattributed, according to documentation recently assembled by sympathetic King scholars Keith D. Miller, Ira G. Zepp, Jr., and David J. Garrow.

And no less an authoritative source than the four senior editors of "The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr.- - (an official publication of the Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Inc., whose staff includes King's widow Coretta), stated of King's writings at both Boston University and Crozer Theological Seminary: "Judged retroactively by the standards of academic scholarship, [his writings] are tragically flawed by numerous instances of plagiarism.... Appropriated passages are particularly evident in his writings in his major field of graduate study, systematic theology."

King's essay, "The Place of Reason and Experience in Finding God," written at Crozer, pirated passages from the work of theologian Edgar S. Brightman, author of "The Finding of God."

Another of King's theses, "Contemporary Continental Theology," written shortly after he entered Boston University, was largely stolen from a book by Walter Marshall Horton.

King's doctoral dissertation, "A Comparison of the Conceptions of God in the Thinking of Paul Tillich and Harry Nelson Wieman," for which he was awarded a PhD in theology, contains more than fifty complete sentences plagiarized from the PhD dissertation of Dr. Jack Boozer, "The Place of Reason in Paul Tillich's Concept of God."

According to "The Martin Luther King Papers", in King's dissertation "only 49 per cent of sentences in the section on Tillich contain five or more words that were King's own...."!

In "The Journal of American History", June 1991, page 87, David J. Garrow, a leftist academic who is sympathetic to King, says that King's wife, Coretta Scott King, who also served as his secretary, was an accomplice in his repeated cheating. ("King's Plagiarism: Imitation, Insecurity and Transformation," The Journal of American History, June 1991, p. 87)

Reading Garrow's article, one is led to the inescapable conclusion that King cheated because he had chosen for himself a political role in which a PhD would be useful, and, lacking the intellectual ability to obtain the title fairly, went after it by any means necessary. Why, then, one might ask, did the professors at Crozer Theological Seminary and Boston University grant him passing grades and a PhD? Garrow states on page 89: "King's academic compositions, especially at Boston University, were almost without exception little more than summary descriptions... and comparisons of other's writings. Nonetheless, the papers almost always received desirable letter grades, strongly suggesting that King's professors did not expect more...." The editors of "The Martin Luther King Jr. Papers" state that "...the failure of King's teachers to notice his pattern of textual appropriation is somewhat remarkable...."

But researcher Michael Hoffman tells us "...actually the malfeasance of the professors is not at all remarkable. King was politically correct, he was Black, and he had ambitions. The leftist [professors were] happy to award a doctorate to such a candidate no matter how much fraud was involved. Nor is it any wonder that it has taken forty years for the truth about King's record of nearly constant intellectual piracy to be made public."

Supposed scholars, who in reality shared King's vision of a racially mixed and Marxist America, purposely covered up his cheating for decades. The cover-up still continues. From the "New York Times" of October 11, 1991, page 15, we learn that on October 10th of that year, a committee of researchers at Boston University admitted that, "There is no question but that Dr. King plagiarized in the dissertation." However, despite its finding, the committee said that "No thought should be given to the revocation of Dr. King's doctoral degree," an action the panel said "would serve no purpose."

No purpose, indeed! Justice demands that, in light of his willful fraud as a student, the "reverend" and the "doctor" should be removed from King's name.

Communist Beliefs and Connections

Well friends, he is not a legitimate reverend, he is not a bona fide PhD, and his name isn't really "Martin Luther King, Jr." What's left? Just a sexual degenerate, an America-hating Communist, and a criminal betrayer of even the interests of his own people.

On Labor Day, 1957, a special meeting was attended by Martin Luther King and four others at a strange institution called the Highlander Folk School in Monteagle, Tennessee. The Highlander Folk School was a Communist front, having been founded by Myles Horton (Communist Party organizer for Tennessee) and Don West (Communist Party organizer for North Carolina). The leaders of this meeting with King were the aforementioned Horton and West, along with Abner Berry and James Dumbrowski, all open and acknowledged members of the Communist Party, USA. The agenda of the meeting was a plan to tour the Southern states to initiate demonstrations and riots.

From 1955 to 1960, Martin Luther King's associate, advisor, and personal secretary was one Bayard Rustin. In 1936 Rustin joined the Young Communist League at New York City College. Convicted of draft-dodging, he went to prison for two years in 1944. On January 23, 1953 the "Los Angeles Times" reported his conviction and sentencing to jail for 60 days for lewd vagrancy and homosexual perversion. Rustin attended the 16th Convention of the Communist Party, USA in February, 1957. One month later, he and King founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, or SCLC for short. The president of the SCLC was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The vice-president of the SCLC was the Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth, who was also the president of an identified Communist front known as the Southern Conference Educational Fund, an organization whose field director, a Mr. Carl Braden, was simultaneously a national sponsor of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, of which you may have heard. The program director of the SCLC was the Reverend Andrew Young, in more recent years Jimmy Carter's ambassador to the UN and mayor of Atlanta. Young, by the way, was trained at the Highlander Folk School, previously mentioned.

Soon after returning from a trip to Moscow in 1958, Rustin organized the first of King's famous marches on Washington. The official organ of the Communist Party, "The Worker,- - openly declared the march to be a Communist project. Although he left King's employ as secretary in 1961, Rustin was called upon by King to be second in command of the much larger march on Washington which took place on August 28, 1963.

Bayard Rustin's replacement in 1961 as secretary and advisor to King was Jack O'Dell, also known as Hunter Pitts O'Dell. According to official records, in 1962 Jack O'Dell was a member of the National Committee of the Communist Party, USA. He had been listed as a Communist Party member as early as 1956. O'Dell was also given the job of acting executive director for SCLC activities for the entire Southeast, according to the St. Louis "Globe-Democrat - -of October 26, 1962. At that time, there were still some patriots in the press corps, and word of O'Dell's party membership became known.

What did King do? Shortly after the negative news reports, King fired O'Dell with much fanfare. And he then, without the fanfare, "immediately hired him again- - as director of the New York office of the SCLC, as confirmed by the "Richmond News-Leader - -of September 27, 1963. In 1963 a Black man from Monroe, North Carolina named Robert Williams made a trip to Peking, China. Exactly 20 days before King's 1963 march on Washington, Williams successfully urged Mao Tse-Tung to speak out on behalf of King's movement. Mr. Williams was also around this time maintaining his primary residence in Cuba, from which he made regular broadcasts to the southern US, three times a week, from high-power AM transmitters in Havana under the title "Radio Free Dixie." In these broadcasts, he urged violent attacks by Blacks against White Americans.

During this period, Williams wrote a book entitled "Negroes With Guns." The writer of the foreword for this book? None other than Martin Luther King, Jr. It is also interesting to note that the editors and publishers of this book were to a man all supporters of the infamous Fair Play for Cuba Committee.

According to King's biographer and sympathizer David J. Garrow, "King privately described himself as a Marxist." In his 1981 book, "The FBI and Martin Luther King, Jr.", Garrow quotes King as saying in SCLC staff meetings, "...we have moved into a new era, which must be an era of revolution.... The whole structure of American life must be changed.... We are engaged in the class struggle."

Jewish Communist Stanley Levison can best be described as King's behind-the-scenes "handler." Levison, who had for years been in charge of the secret funnelling of Soviet funds to the Communist Party, USA, was King's mentor and was actually the brains behind many of King's more successful ploys. It was Levison who edited King's book, "Stride Toward Freedom." It was Levison who arranged for a publisher. Levison even prepared King's income tax returns! It was Levison who really controlled the fund-raising and agitation activities of the SCLC. Levison wrote many of King's speeches. King described Levison as one of his "closest friends."

FBI: King Bought Sex With SCLC Money

The Federal Bureau of Investigation had for many years been aware of Stanley Levison's Communist activities. It was Levison's close association with King that brought about the initial FBI interest in King.

Lest you be tempted to believe the controlled media's lie about "racists" in the FBI being out to "get" King, you should be aware that the man most responsible for the FBI's probe of King was Assistant Director William C. Sullivan. Sullivan describes himself as a liberal, and says that initially "I was one hundred per cent for King...because I saw him as an effective and badly needed leader for the Black people in their desire for civil rights." The probe of King not only confirmed their suspicions about King's Communist beliefs and associations, but it also revealed King to be a despicable hypocrite, an immoral degenerate, and a worthless charlatan.

According to Assistant Director Sullivan, who had direct access to the surveillance files on King which are denied the American people, King had embezzled or misapplied substantial amounts of money contributed to the "civil rights" movement. King used SCLC funds to pay for liquor, and numerous prostitutes both Black and White, who were brought to his hotel rooms, often two at a time, for drunken sex parties which sometimes lasted for several days. These types of activities were the norm for King's speaking and organizing tours.

In fact, an outfit called The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, which is putting on display the two bedrooms from the Lorraine Motel where King stayed the night before he was shot, has declined to depict in any way the "occupants - -of those rooms. That "according to exhibit designer Gerard Eisterhold "would be "close to blasphemy." The reason? Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spent his last night on Earth having sex with two women at the motel and physically beating and abusing a third.

Sullivan also stated that King had alienated the affections of numerous married women. According to Sullivan, who in 30 years with the Bureau hadáseen everything there was to be seen of the seamy side of life, King was one of only seven people he had ever encountered who was such a total degenerate.

Noting the violence that almost invariably attended King's supposedly "non-violent" marches, Sullivan's probe revealed a very different King from the carefully crafted public image. King welcomed members of many different Black groups as members of his SCLC, many of them advocates and practitioners of violence. King's only admonition on the subject was that they should embrace "tactical nonviolence."

Sullivan also relates an incident in which King met in a financial conference with Communist Party representatives, not knowing that one of the participants was an infiltrator actually working for the FBI.

J. Edgar Hoover personally saw to it that documented information on King's Communist connections was provided to the President and to Congress. And conclusive information from FBI files was also provided to major newspapers and news wire services. But were the American people informed of King's real nature? No, for even in the 1960s, the fix was in "the controlled media and the bought politicians were bound and determined to push their racial mixing program on America. King was their man and nothing was going to get in their way. With a few minor exceptions, these facts have been kept from the American people. The pro-King propaganda machine grinds on, and it is even reported that a serious proposal has been made to add some of King's writings as a new book in the Bible.

Ladies and gentlemen, the purpose of this radio program is far greater than to prove to you the immorality and subversion of this man called King. I want you to start to think for yourselves. I want you to consider this: What are the forces and motivation behind the controlled media's active promotion of King? What does it tell you about our politicians when you see them, almost without exception, falling all over themselves to honor King as a national hero? What does it tell you about our society when any public criticism of this moral leper and Communist functionary is considered grounds for dismissal? What does it tell you about the controlled media when you see how they have successfully suppressed the truth and held out a picture of King that can only be described as a colossal lie? You need to think, my fellow Americans. You desperately need to wake up.


1. The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr.- - (an official publication of the Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change).

2. "King's Plagiarism: Imitation, Insecurity and Transformation," The Journal of American History, June 1991, p. 87) David J. Garrow

3. New York Times" of October 11, 1991, page 15.

4. "The FBI and Martin Luther King, Jr.", David J. Garrow, (1981).

5. "And the walls came tumbling down," Rev. Ralph Abernathy (1989)

TOPICS: Government; History; Politics; Religion
KEYWORDS: communism; fascist; marxist; mlk; progressives; socialism

1 posted on 02/15/2010 4:57:58 AM PST by joeclarke
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To: joeclarke

Something Glenn Beck needs to investigate

2 posted on 02/15/2010 5:01:45 AM PST by two23
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To: joeclarke

Of course he was a Marxist...just like the POSOTUS.

at least he seemed to practive the non violence that he preached...and to be honest his peeps were given a raw deal until the late 60’s or early 70’s.

Now the brother-man needs to know he can go as high and as far as any one else in the country and it is time to get off the Governments Teat...

3 posted on 02/15/2010 5:01:47 AM PST by Vaquero (BHO....'The Pretenda from Kenya')
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To: two23

I dont see that happening.

4 posted on 02/15/2010 5:10:28 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: joeclarke

Didn’t Robert Kennedy call MLK a communist?

5 posted on 02/15/2010 5:13:03 AM PST by lonestar (Obama and his czars have turned Bush's "mess" into a national crisis!)
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To: joeclarke


6 posted on 02/15/2010 5:20:37 AM PST by bubman
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To: joeclarke

I thought they now say MLK was a Republican. I’m so confused.

7 posted on 02/15/2010 5:22:40 AM PST by DaGman
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To: joeclarke

I grew up in the 50’s. By the 60’s I was married and had 2 sons. I remember “Martin Luther” King, Jr, as being a trouble maker and a friend of the communist.

8 posted on 02/15/2010 5:36:30 AM PST by native texan ("don't tread on me")
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To: joeclarke

Martin Luther King Jr. ,the civil rights activist, may have been, but Martin Luther King (his father) was a preacher.

9 posted on 02/15/2010 5:45:14 AM PST by 1raider1
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To: joeclarke

Was Martin Luther King A Communist?

Does Charlie Daniels play a mean fiddle?

10 posted on 02/15/2010 5:52:12 AM PST by flowerplough ( Pennsylvania today - New New Jersey meets North West Virginia.)
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To: joeclarke

I knew it!

11 posted on 02/15/2010 5:52:47 AM PST by BigCinBigD (')
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To: joeclarke
Most of these icons, like King, JFK, etc. have feet of clay. Their numerous faults and short-comings are conveniently overlooked. The difference is that you'll never see anyone in the media talking about King's dalliances with women, or his communist activities while “he was fighting for civil rights”. It would be labeled “racist&rdquo and you'd have the professional rabble-rousers like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton showing up to make life miserable.
12 posted on 02/15/2010 6:09:29 AM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Pork Eating CRUSADER - FUBO! Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin)
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To: All
Maybe. US Capitalism and the Justice system hadn't treated working class black people fairly up to that point. You could not get a job based on qualifications. Skin color came first. You could be run out of town by the sheriff for no reason but some white person's complaint. If you lived in such a world where your freedom and personal liberty were so severely curtailed, would you support it's institutions of "freedom and liberty". Obviously not.

It was a different era, people.

13 posted on 02/15/2010 6:17:25 AM PST by Clock King (There's no way to fix D.C.)
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To: Clock King

So basically, you’re saying that all of our ancestors were evil, and the fruits of their labor was evil.

You sure you’re a “conservative?” What exactly are you trying to conserve?

Please, keep telling me how evil my grandparents were. It is really effectual.

Using your version of history, who would oppose the “progressive” movement? Only racists, right? Oops, you really didn’t think this through very well did you, troll?

14 posted on 02/15/2010 6:20:53 AM PST by Spike Knotts
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To: Clock King

I should have put this in my other post to you...but everything you say can be shut down with a few simple words...

Ok...we did all that. Who did better?

Who did better? What other nation decided to enact quotas for the minority? Who did better?

You look pretty stupid bleating about us not meeting a standard that no one else has met.

15 posted on 02/15/2010 6:22:51 AM PST by Spike Knotts
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To: Spike Knotts

No, I never said all your ancestors were evil. They weren’t, most were normal. But the system was segregated by race, not ability, and that is fact. I know people of that generation and what they went through.

16 posted on 02/15/2010 6:35:05 AM PST by Clock King (There's no way to fix D.C.)
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To: joeclarke

No doubt about it, he was a commie. Had the equal rights movement not been hijacked by the communists I really believe things would be much better today, with constructive solutions rather than exploitive manipulation.

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To: driftdiver

Beck has done a great job exposing marxists that have been installed in this current administration and the previous decades in America.
Anyone who watches his show has seen his graphics and lead-ins.
I often wonder if quotes and images of MLK are used by some, as a social/political insurance policy against any accusations of racism?

18 posted on 02/15/2010 7:12:41 AM PST by two23
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To: two23

A couple of times Beck has hosted a large group of black conservatives. Seems like one of his guests brought up that MLK was a communist.

I just don’t expect Beck to give it the same amount of attention that he gives other folks. It would be very divisive and lead to organized attacks against Beck. Even though its true, IMO.

19 posted on 02/15/2010 7:27:31 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: flowerplough

Is Ed “Too-Tall” Jones too tall??? LOL.

20 posted on 02/15/2010 7:28:48 AM PST by Andonius_99 (There are two sides to every issue. One is right, the other is wrong; but the middle is always evil.)
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To: driftdiver
You're right, any negative exposure regarding MLK would launch even more vicious attacks and possibly result in taking Beck off the air.

(I've seen the shows where he hosted Black Conservatives; in the first one, there were members in the audience who admitted they voted for Obama.)

21 posted on 02/15/2010 7:49:35 AM PST by two23
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To: Clock King

However most did and supported civil rights laws, fought court battles to be treated impartially under the law and demanded the enforcement of the existing laws. Yeah, it was a different era.

22 posted on 02/15/2010 9:13:05 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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Let's face the underlying fact — the Communists wouldn't have had space to operate if we had lived up to the ideas and laws expressed in our own constitution. There shouldn't have been a need for a "civil rights" movement to fight the truly abusive and psychotic racism that existed, because anyone with the money they had earned should have been able to eat at a lunch counter or check into a hotel or buy clothing or buy a house. If there had not been "Whites Only" signs posted on businesses and restrooms, then there would have been no opportunity for a communist virus to attack us.
23 posted on 02/15/2010 9:15:49 AM PST by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: Andonius_99

Does a bear wear a fur coat?

24 posted on 02/15/2010 9:18:02 AM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Clock King
But the system was segregated by race, not ability

That's ironic just like today.

25 posted on 02/15/2010 9:22:41 AM PST by Altura Ct.
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To: Altura Ct.

A negative version of the past. The Progressive/Communists/Leftists infiltrated the civil rights movement and used it to create a destructive social agenda by turning the moral high ground into a weapon. But like I said, the system didn’t work for most working class black people. They were cheated in courts of law, and shut out of most societal institutions. That is why they created their own parallel ones (Schools, unions, businesses, banks, etc.).

26 posted on 02/15/2010 10:23:34 AM PST by Clock King (There's no way to fix D.C.)
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To: joeclarke

I wish to make it clear that I think that Martin Luther King was a man of enormous courage, charisma, and intellect that profoundly altered the course of American history and made it a better country in so far has its promise of justice for all is concerned.
This does not mean however that his legacy to the Civil Rights movement has been one of unalloyed good. I believe much of his bequeathment resulted in an over reliance on big government statist solutions to problems within the black community that require individual initiatives to correct. Martin Luther King’s frequent references to this nation’s founding documents are well known. His reflections on Communism are much less well known and undoubtedly contributed to his general philosophy. We owe it to ourselves to examine the effects of this legacy and contextualize it so has to solve the problems facing the black community today.
While King himself was not a communist, he did business with communists and was influenced by them. This delicate subject, made more so given the martyrdom and subsequent lionization of King, should nevertheless be broached as a means of providing insight into some of the darker forces that worked their way into what was essentially a pro American, conservative, Christian civil rights movement.
King surrounded himself with communists from the beginning of his career. His closest advisor Stanley Levison was a Communist. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, formed in 1957 and led by King, had Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth as Vice President who was at the same time president of the Southern Conference Education Fund, an identified communist front according to the Legislative Committee on un-American Activities, Louisiana (Report April 13, 1964 pp. 31-38). The field director of SCEF was Carl Braden, a known communist agitator who was also involved in the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, which counted Lee Harvey Oswald, the communist assassin of President Kennedy as a member. King maintained regular correspondence with Carl Braden. Bayard Rustin, a known communist, was also on the board of SCLC.

Dr. King addressed the Highlander Folk School in Monteagle, Tenn., 1957, previously known as the Commonwealth College until the House Committee on un-American Activities sited it as a communist front (April 27, 1949). HCAA found that Commonwealth was using religion as a way to infiltrate the African-American community by, among other techniques, comparing New Testament texts to those of Karl Marx. King knew many communists associated with the Highlander school.
King hired communist official Hunter Pitts O’Dell, 1960, at the SCLC. The St. Louis Globe Democrat reported (Oct. 26, 1962) “A Communist has infiltrated the top administrative post in the Rev. Martin Luther King’s SCLC. He is Jack H. O’Dell, acting executive director of conference activities in the southeastern states including Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.” Dr. King fired O’Dell when this became public but subsequently rehired him to head the SCLC New York office.
King himself expresses a Marxist outlook in his book “Stride Toward Freedom” when he stated, “in spite of the shortcomings of his analysis, Marx had raised some basic questions. I was deeply concerned from my early teen days about the gulf between superfluous wealth and abject poverty, and my reading of Marx made me even more conscious of this gulf. Although modern American capitalism has greatly reduced the gap through social reforms, there was still need for a better distribution of wealth. Moreover, Marx had revealed the danger of the profit motive as the sole basis of an economic system”
King, unfortunately, didn’t understand that it was Capitalism and freedom that was responsible for the successes the African-American community already had achieved in his day and the key to future success. By “better distribution of wealth” King meant state control over the economy. His contempt for “the profit motive” was unfortunate given that African-Americans should’ve been encouraged by their leaders to seek fair profit to the best of their ability. King’s leftist ideas contributed to an opening of the floodgates to such radicals as Stokley Carmichael, H. Rap Brown, the Black Panthers, as well as the burning and looting of African-American neighborhoods, the institutionalizing of poverty perpetrating welfare, the destruction of the family, drugs, violence, racism, and crime.
In “Stride Toward Freedom” Dr. King states “In short, I read Marx as I read all of the influential historical thinkers from a dialectical point of view, combining a partial yea and a partial no. My readings of Marx convinced me that truth is found neither in Marxism nor in traditional capitalism. Each represents a partial truth. Historically capitalism failed to see truth in collective enterprise and Marxism failed to see the truth in individual enterprise. The Kingdom of God is neither the thesis of individual enterprise nor the antithesis of collective enterprise, but a synthesis which reconciles the truths of both.”
King, like Marx, Lenin, and Stalin, had “a dialectical point of view.” The goal of the dialectic is authoritarianism. A nation, to paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, cannot be half free and half slave. By advocating socialism, King chose an imperious stand toward his own people in contrast to a stand for genuine freedom, self-rule, self-sufficiency, private ownership, and the accumulation of capital. King did not advocate the American system of free market capitalism. Instead, he stood for a system that has stunted the growth of African-Americans as well as the rest of us.
All Marxists believe in Hegelian Dialectics. This is a belief that “progress” is achieved through conflict between opposing viewpoints. Any ideological assertion (thesis) will create its own opposite (antithesis). Progress is achieved when a conclusion (synthesis) is reached which espouses aspects of both the thesis and antithesis.
For example, Hitler had a dialectical point of view. He rejected Marxist class warfare, but embraced the basic socialist idea of the insignificance of the individual compared to the collective state.
This belief in dialectical progress is why liberals pit the rich against the poor, old against young, black against white, men against women, gay against straight, ad nauseam.
This issue is somewhat clouded by what Dr. King wrote in his 1957 book “Stride toward Freedom: the Montgomery story”, in which he wrote the following devastating critique of the sort of communism practiced in the Communist super state of the Union of Soviet Socialist republics.
“During the Christmas holidays of 1949 I decided to spend my spare time reading Karl Marx to try to understand the appeal of communism for many people. For the first time I carefully scrutinized *Das Kapital and The Communist Manifesto. I also read some interpretive works on the thinking of Marx and Lenin. In reading such Communist writings I drew certain conclusions that have remained with me as convictions to this day.
First, I rejected their materialistic interpretation of history. Communism, avowedly secularist and materialistic, has no place for God. This I could never accept, for as a Christian, I believe that there is a creative personal power in the universe who is the ground and essence of all reality-a power that cannot be explained in materialistic terms. History is ultimately guided by spirit, not matter.
Second, I strongly disagreed with communism’s ethical relativism. Since for the Communist there is no divine government, no absolute moral order, there are no fixed, immutable principles; consequently almost anything-force, violence murder, lying-is a justifiable means to the ‘millennial’ end. This type of relativism was abhorrent to me. Constructive ends can never give absolute moral justification to destructive means, because in the final analysis the end is pre-existent in the means.
Third, I opposed communism’s political totalitarianism. In communism, the individual ends up in subjection to the state. True, the Marxists would argue that the state is an ‘interim’ reality which is to be eliminated when the classless society emerges; but the state is the end while it lasts, and man is only a means to that end. And if man’s so-called rights and liberties stand in the way of that end, they are simply swept aside. His liberties of expression, his freedom to vote, and his freedom to listen to what news he likes or to choose his books are all restricted. Man becomes hardly more, in communism, than a depersonalized cog in the turning wheel of the state.
This deprecation of individual freedom was objectionable to me. I am convinced now, as I was then, that man is an end because he is a child of God. Man is not made for the state; the state is made for man. To deprive man of freedom is to relegate him to the status of a thing, rather than elevate him to the status of a person. Man must never be treated as means to the end of the state; but always as an end within himself.”
Martin Luther King Jr., *Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story* (New York: Harper and Row, 1957), 92-93
Don’t forget that the above was written in 1957, a period in which the oppressions of the Soviet Union are painfully evident, evidenced by the brutal repression of the Hungarian uprising in 1956. At the time Stride toward Freedom was written, domestic attitudes toward communism could not have been more hostile. Toward the end of Dr. Martin Luther King’s life, the counterculture revolution of the sixties and the leftist tinted civil rights movement made favorable considerations of communism generally more palatable.
While Martin Luther King Day should be one of reflection and appreciation for what has been accomplished, and a reckoning of what still needs to be done, it should also be a day of understanding, in terms clear of emotionally driven rhetoric, where the civil rights movement went wrong. A major key to this understanding, I would contend, is the destructive effects that communist ideas and outright infiltration has had on the African-American community. Communists tried to use African-Americans as cannon fodder by stoking hatred and racial division. A predominantly white left-wing establishment promoted Black communists in order to preserve an informal system of oppression.
The fact is that he WAS a socialist and that goes to the heart of what went wrong with the civil rights establishment after the legal battles against codified discrimination were won.
I am a black man who has been getting calluses on my dome from butting heads with those in my community who refuse to relinquish big government statist solutions for the problems plaguing the black community in favor of free market solutions that are far more appropriate today. These forces frequently cite Dr. King and use his exhortations to government to lead the way. They specifically cite his socialist outlook as justification for their continuance. The two parent black family was destroyed by LBJ’s welfare state. That was the worst cultural calamity to EVER befall the black community in the US, and the most destructive force in its cultural life notwithstanding the imposition of Jim Crow law via the Supreme Court’s Plessy v Fergueson decision. MLK was a leading proponent for expanding the welfare state, whose baleful effects were just beginning to be seen in the black community.

MLK was a man of enormous charisma and courage and certainly a pivotal figure in the civil rights movement. There is much about him that I admire. An assessment of his life could creditably yield the adjective of great. Despite that, he does not deserve to be the ONLY American with his own holiday named after him. That honor should be reserved for only one person in American history, the greatest of all Americans, George Washington. More so than any other SINGLE figure in our history, he was the “indispensable man.” Without his courage, acumen, honor, and integrity, the US would simply not exist, and if it did, it probably would have been as a monarchy and certainly not as a constitutional republic.
MLK’s birthday holiday was a sop to PC and a reflection of the DemocRAT Congress that voted it. The depth of MLK’s association with the most anti-freedom ideology (Communism) of our time will prove to very embarrassing when it is fully revealed. Additionally, MLK’s legacy to the modern day civil rights movement is a socialist bequeathment that of looking to big government solutions for many of the behavioral problems in today’s black community. MLK continues to cast a long shadow over most of the modern day civil rights establishment and black politicians who largely reject free market, educationally based solutions to the unique problems plaguing the black community.

27 posted on 02/15/2010 5:45:42 PM PST by DMZFrank
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To: joeclarke
Who are you, Joe Clarke? Your 'View My Complete Profile' on your website comes up blank. If you're using your real name, unlike most of us, and writing articles using your real name, then I think we should at least know a little something about you.

Please don't take this as being antagonistic. It's not. I'm just curious about a man who writes using his (supposed) real name, and yet there is no info about you at all.

A thumbnail sketch would be appreciated.

28 posted on 03/08/2010 10:27:10 AM PST by my_pointy_head_is_sharp (The Wright Bros never imagined that in the future we would all be stripping naked in order to fly.)
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To: joeclarke

No, he was not a communist. He was open to working with communists and anyone else willing to contribute positively to the movement.

29 posted on 01/16/2012 3:08:03 PM PST by Thunderballer
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Guess the FBI sealed up all the sordid detail until 2026 cuz by then the USA as we knew it will be gone and nobody will be shocked that Mikey King was a two ho horn-dog.

30 posted on 01/17/2012 5:44:54 PM PST by Gasshog (going to get what all those libs asked for, but its not what they expected.)
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To: Gasshog

King was a fine, yet imperfect man who inspired many people.

31 posted on 01/17/2012 6:54:13 PM PST by Thunderballer
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