King may have started out as a Republican and a patriot, but by ‘68 he was a committed socialist in favor of affirmative action - read the Playboy interview.
I have read extensively on the history of MLK. Yes the play boy interview is damning in one sense, but certainly he was also answering questions posed to him.
Overall MLK was an advocate of Civil Disobedience, just as
Mohandus Ghandi was, he had invented the Satyagraha Movement after reading and studying Thoreaus variorum on Civil Disobedience.”. (BTW Ghandi was pro 2nd amendment.)I say this as an historian, and realize that there were plenty of people who wished to paint King as unAmerican. I do not believe this to be true. Its just that MLK’s history has been defined by a bunch of leftists, which is why the ACLU is blind to black on white racism. I believe King was far more the conservative than most would think. So was Mohandus Ghandi.
In the 1960s, people were looking for ways to deal with the inequalities of the times, so it would be understandable that Dr. King would have embraced affirmative action back then. But as we all know, affirmative action, like so many other government programs, did not fulfill its stated purpose.
I wonder if Dr. King today would be pleased with how all he fought for has turned into dooey. Even more interesting would be what he would think of the pissant in the White House who tries to pass himself off as the reincarnation of Dr. King.
He was also moving towards a more “activist” (violent) ideology, feeling that he was going to become irrelevant as the “young turks” who advocated violence, such as the Black Panthers, were the rising stars.