Group claims MLK was a Republican

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by solvs, Jul 10, 2008.

  1. solvs macrumors 603

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    This would be funny if it wasn't so, well... I don't know, I'll let them tell it:

    Billboards Claim Rev. King Was Republican
    More here.
     
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    Black Republicans??

    What the hell is that????
     
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    There are plenty of them out there. Look at Alan Keyes. Just as there are gay Republicans, and Latino Republicans. But MLK? Really? This is just stupid. I don't even know what they're trying to do, other than pretty much the same thing they did when they tried to pit Keyes against Obama in the previous election to show that they have a big tent too.

    Though people like this group and Keyes probably aren't the ones you'd want to be having as representatives of your tent.
     
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    There has never been a shortage of volunteers to muddy the waters.

    Thank you, I have, and I would rather not.
     
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    just a provocation to show that indeed there are black republicans.
    not sure if they come off as a smart example to follow by others, though...
     
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    J. C. Watts

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
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    Damn!!! He's hot. :D

    A question. Just how many Black families are there in Oklahoma???? :eek:
     
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    Hmm...When he was alive (and much after), the right wing was claiming he was a Communist. Now that they realize they're not going to be able to throw mud on his rightful status as an American hero, they claim him as their own.

    I think this quote is enough to show that he was by no means a Republican, either by today's standards or those of yesteryear:

    "Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane."
     
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    I've said it before and I'll say it again, I'd vote for J.C. Watts over anybody else in the United States.
     
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    If there is one thing MLK was not, it is a Republican. This is absurd and depressing at the same time. Absurd because those who know about MLK know that he was a very progressive guy, and depressing because there are a LOT of idiots out there that will believe something a billboard tells them without looking into the claims further. It'll only be a decade or so until this is a common "fact" among the right wing/uneducated.
     
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    Not looking into claims further?

    History is sooo interesting sometimes. :rolleyes:

    Personally I don't really care whether MLK was Democrat or Republican. The definitions of those labels have changed dramatically since the time he was alive.
     
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    obeygiant, I notice you didn't cite a source for your quotation. Kind of telling...

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/18/AR2006101801754.html

    Even most current black Republicans think this is a ridiculous claim. Kind of telling...
     
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    Well, ultimately, your final point is exactly right. The parties were different then and while the question may be interesting from a historical perspective, it has absolutely no bearing on current reality. It's speculative to say he'd be an x today, given that things are different, although it's also fairly obvious that he would not under any circumstances be a Bush Republican.
     
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    he was a liberal by any standard of the time, and certainly a democrat in the 60s.
    it's possible that, like many (most?) blacks he was a republican prior to that (when the alignment democrat-liberal republican-conservative was different, especially in the south).

    in any case, suggesting that MLK would support the current republican party is a blatant (and pathetic) act of bad faith and a gross historical misrepresentation
     
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    Actually Ronny was a New Deal Democrat in his early years. AMIRITE?
     
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    Possibly. But all evidence now points to Reagan actually being a Democrat despite his long affiliation with causes antithetic to the Democratic party of his day...
     

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