I've joined this forum as a African American- and a liberal. With that being known I would like to say that I knew about King's adultery plagiarism and everything else. But before you all try to say how terrible he was you must understand why King is held in such high acclaim. He was seen by the whites in power- republican and democrat as a reasonable black leader- he wanted a change but he would only offend the most conservative ultra racist whites. Many blacks then and now believe King to be a Uncle Tom. Whites and blacks alike liked the man because his main goal was to get in the master's house- why do you think the same thing hasn't happened for Malcolm X- he was too radical- for all whites and most blacks. But before you condemn King you should realize all heroes in American lore are mytholized- there's not a single white, black, or otherwise hero who's misdeeds aren't overlooked. Jefferson the so-called greatest American was a slave holder- Lincoln did NOT care about the slaves- Jesse Jackson is an adulterer- The Bush family stands hand in hand with the house of Saud- Woodrow Wilson was a racist- Helen Keller a socialist. i have tried to list liberal and conservative "heroes" to make the point America, and Americans are always in the process of hero making. Just because a certain "hero" doesn't fit your fancy- that's fine but don't deny the facts- all these people are human and all humans are flawed. Show me a flawless individual- we might be dead because we'd be looking at Jesus. I have a problem with anyone liberal or conservative who won't state the truth. Yes MLK was a flawed man who is canonized in America- but so is everyone else who has a holiday or statue in their honor. And remember- Republicans and Democrats alike praise King.