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Martin Luther King was NOT a Republican. Have Republicans Been Telling A Lie ?

Che Guevara - Hero 2012/06/19 16:33:27
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Martin Luther King was NOT a Republican. Have Republicans Been Telling A Lie ?

University of Cambridge historian David Garrow stated in a Salon profile of Alveda King regarding Martin Luther King: "King was not only not a Republican, he was well to the left of the Democratic Party of the 1960s [....] It’s also well-documented that Dr. King was a strong supporter of Planned Parenthood."Also, after the Republicans nominatedBarry Goldwater (who voted against the Civil Rights Act) and Strom Thurmond became a Republican, Dr. King actively campaigned against Goldwater.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alveda_King


Our state partners have spotted a popular Republican talking point: the claim that Martin Luther King Jr. was a member of the GOP.

We heard it in Texas, then Tennessee and nowRhode Island.

To check it out, we checked with King biographers, including Pulitzer Prize winner David Garrow, and found that King avoided partisan identification. "It's simply incorrect to call Dr. King a Republican," Garrow told PolitiFact Texas.

We rated the claim False.
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2012/feb/01/n...

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  • HL 2012/06/19 16:44:36
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    In fact, in "The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.," which was published after King's death from his written material and records, King called the 1964 Republican national convention that nominated Goldwater a "frenzied wedding ... of the KKK and the radical right."

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  • Brother Bo Kevin 2012/06/20 00:51:20
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    The KKK was begun by and has always been populated by democrats, even to this day. No matter how much you liberal yahoos try to pin them on Republicans, they will be voting Democrat just like you, (if they are smart enough to find the polling place). Lyndon Johnson tried to pass the civil rights act of 1964, but was opposed, tooth and nail by democrats, (including Al Gore Senior) and when it finally passed because of Republicans, Johnson signed the legislation.

    signing of the civil rights act

    After signing the act, he turned to two nearby governors and said, "This will have those n*****s voting Democrat for the next 200 years."

    Because of that, Democrats believe they own the black vote and that they will stay on the Democrat plantation for years to come.

    There is a large and growing number of conservative blacks in America, who have realized that voting democrat is just modern day voluntary slavery.
  • Kevin Brother Bo 2012/06/20 02:59:40
  • chgo Brother Bo 2012/06/20 03:49:59
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    you sound slow. Yes, there maybe are KKK members still registered democrats but 9/10 they democratic southerners (Dixiecrats). Today's Republicans and democrats were NOTHING like those of the past. party switching is common. One reason is ethical obligation—the person feels their views are no longer aligned with those of their current party. A second reason is to gain power and influence. Another reason is simply to get elected.

    There have been several instances of politicians continuing to be a member of a political party while running other campaigns as an independent. The most prominent examples include southern Democratic segregationists Strom Thurmond in 1948 and George Wallace in 1968, who remained in the Democratic Party for statewide campaigns but mounted national presidential campaigns as independents. Wallace later ran in the 1972 Democratic primaries.

    The Republicans back in the 19th century became strongly identified as the party of Lincoln because they were party that freed the slaves, was for civil rights of women and minorities, and the party that won the war (remember- the South lost and will never rise again).

    The shifts in American voter demographics beginning in the second half of the 20th century - the southern states from Democratic to Republican, and New E...

    you sound slow. Yes, there maybe are KKK members still registered democrats but 9/10 they democratic southerners (Dixiecrats). Today's Republicans and democrats were NOTHING like those of the past. party switching is common. One reason is ethical obligation—the person feels their views are no longer aligned with those of their current party. A second reason is to gain power and influence. Another reason is simply to get elected.

    There have been several instances of politicians continuing to be a member of a political party while running other campaigns as an independent. The most prominent examples include southern Democratic segregationists Strom Thurmond in 1948 and George Wallace in 1968, who remained in the Democratic Party for statewide campaigns but mounted national presidential campaigns as independents. Wallace later ran in the 1972 Democratic primaries.

    The Republicans back in the 19th century became strongly identified as the party of Lincoln because they were party that freed the slaves, was for civil rights of women and minorities, and the party that won the war (remember- the South lost and will never rise again).

    The shifts in American voter demographics beginning in the second half of the 20th century - the southern states from Democratic to Republican, and New England and the West Coast states from Republican to Democratic - have prompted several incumbent federal legislators and many state legislators to switch parties. (many minorities switch parties because of JFK and LBJ ). In addition, as changes in state laws made it harder and harder for members of third parties to be elected or re-elected, many former members of these parties became members of the two dominant parties.

    and there is NOT a large and growing number of conservative blacks in America. the same goes for conservative Latinos.
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  • Beccy 2012/06/19 17:05:01
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    They want the black vote
  • FeelHoo... Beccy 2012/06/19 19:37:27 (edited)
    FeelHood H. Obama~BN28
    +5
    Well, according to An Coulter", Conservtives have the "Better Blacks"....

    #wtf
  • Guru Casper BN-ZERO 2012/06/19 16:59:19 (edited)
    NO, Republicans are just IGNORANT
    Guru Casper BN-ZERO
    +10
    let's keep a GOOD thought!

    lol
    he was a Liberal no Conservative,REGARLESS OF WHAT HIS LEGAL PARTY STATUS WAS!
  • #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT... 2012/06/19 16:58:49
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    Well well well, the truth is finally out. Now the Reich Wing will add PolitiFact to their list of websites of 'liberal media propaganda.'

    Thanks Che, I so appreciate you digging up this nugget.
  • FeelHood H. Obama~BN28 2012/06/19 16:51:56
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    +12
    So,....

    Glenn Beck was wrong...?

    #sarcasm
  • Cat 1017 FeelHoo... 2012/06/19 18:25:37
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    As usual...LOL...
  • Narcole... FeelHoo... 2012/06/19 20:21:00
  • Raymond Allamby 2012/06/19 16:49:35
    YES, Republicans LIED
    Raymond Allamby
    +8
    retardlicans lying? somebody call ripley's.
  • Mopvyzo 2012/06/19 16:49:28
    YES, Republicans LIED
    Mopvyzo
    +7
    I didn't think he was a Republican, but I couldn't prove it.
  • ally 2012/06/19 16:48:01
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    Martin Luther King Jr. was "registered Republican" only. Remember, times were different when he was 18- blacks registered with the Party Of Lincoln, who fought to end slavery. According to family members, MLK actually only voted once- for JFK.
  • Che Gue... ally 2012/06/19 16:58:17
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    Please post the proof that you have that MLK Jr was a registered Republican.
  • ally Che Gue... 2012/06/19 18:09:56 (edited)
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    Notice, I said "registered Republican ONLY".

    PolitiFact found that King scholars agree with King's son.

    "I've not seen any evidence that MLK Jr. was a Republican but if he registered to vote it would have been as a Republican in Alabama simply because the Dems. would not allow black voters. Throughout the [Civil Rights] movement he worked with the northern Dem. Party," said Dr. Kenneth W. Goings, professor and past chairman of the Department of African American and African Studies at Ohio State University, in an e-mail to PolitiFact Tennessee.

    http://www.politifact.com/rho...

    I'm with you, Che. I couldn't beleive that MLK was a repub, either. Trying to find a non con site was hard. The family always knows better than anyone what goes on in the life of a person.
  • susan ally 2012/06/19 19:24:25
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    Dr. Martin Luther KIng, Jr's FATHER, Martin Luther King, was the registered Republican.
  • ally susan 2012/06/19 19:29:28
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    You're right- his father was a registered republican.
  • Chewy 2012/06/19 16:44:54
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    BOTH! GOP people are sheep.....the living embodiment of the human "herd" following their "Jesus" using masters into slavery and ignorance!
  • #Justic... Chewy 2012/06/19 17:05:19
    #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT CONS
    +8
    I'm not chewing you out so please don't get on the offensive. There are many followers of Jesus on the left side of the political spectrum who detest how these Reich Wing ideologues have dirtied the name of our faith. We are hated more by the right because we don't hesitate to call them out on their ignorance & hatred.
  • Chewy #Justic... 2012/06/19 17:06:47
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    Interesting...
  • HL 2012/06/19 16:44:36
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    In fact, in "The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.," which was published after King's death from his written material and records, King called the 1964 Republican national convention that nominated Goldwater a "frenzied wedding ... of the KKK and the radical right."
  • Cap HL 2012/06/24 13:30:16
    Cap
    What you say may be entirely true, in fact, as far as I've found, it is. The problem is that Martin Luther Ling and Martin Luther King, Jr. are two different people, and the thread asks about one and your answer makes a statement about the other. In fact, the fact that Martin luther King,Sr. was a Republican can be verified in the citation given in "politfact" at the citation given in the thread intro.

    I am in no way trying to be disingenuous about this. Martin Luther King, Jr is easily the more famous of the two, and some Republicans seem to confuse the two, making them, at least, wrong, if not liars, though some are that, too. Moreover, the most historically prominent mention of the elder Martin Luther King's Republican status is generally accepted as being in conjunction with the story of how, despite that status, he endorsed jfK in the 1960 election because of what the Kennedys did for his son.

    All that notwithstanding, if you intend to call someone a liar, you should be technically correct, and, technically, the first statement to the thread heading is incorrect. A simple answer of "No." is more nearly correct than any one of the choices the asinine set of presented answers is, something a simple addition of "Jr." to the thread intro could have prevented.
  • Brendan Mcdonald 2012/06/19 16:41:12
    YES, Republicans LIED
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