Where do right-wing morons get this idea that Martin Luther King Jr. was a Republican when in reality he was a very outspoken socialist?

Call it democracy, or call it democratic socialism, but there must be a better distribution of wealth within this country for all God’s children. Martin Luther King, Jr., May 1965 speech to the Negro American Labor Council, in T. Jackson, From Civil Rights to Human Rights (2009), p. 230

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  • Because, as you may recall, until the late 1960s, most African-Americans were Republicans. The reference to the "Solid South" was to the Democratic party.

    The Democratic party was the party of segregation and the Confederacy. The GOP was the party of Lincoln that freed the slaves. That began to change with the advent of FDR's New Deal, but did not completely change until Barry Goldwater was nominated by the GOP in 1964.

    Goldwater was no bigot - in fact he advocated gay rights long before it was popular in either party. However, his libertarianism conduced to state's rights and that de facto put the GOP on the side of Jim Crow.

    Also, keep in mind that it was the GOP that put the 1965 Voting Rights and Civil Rights Acts over the top. With a higher percentage of GOP votes for both bills than Democrats. (The latter still being a divided party north and south.) As Lyndon Johnson put it when signing the Civil Rights Act, "Thanks to the Democrats, we got a bill. Thanks to the Republicans, we have a law."

    Thus, how the African-American vote became overwhelmingly Democratic. Although recent polling suggests that younger African-American voters are less attached to the Democrats than their parents.

    In any case, while I am not aware that MLK was registered with either party - not all states have party registration - it is not unlikely that he at least started as a Republican. He may have changed party later, but at least based on historical voting patterns, it is not impossible that he started out with the GOP.

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  • The only time I have seen conservatives try to align MLK jr messaging for common cause was in relation to immigration and to a lesser extent his race neutral (at least in comparison to today’s intersectional movement) approach to race relations.
    In those senses it’s arguabke that he is closer to today’s republicans than today’s democrats. But I’ve not seen any fans of MLK in “right wing morons” so I really am not sure I know what you are referring to.

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  • How was he a socialist?

    I’m a conservative and in the uk the conservatives are very equal rights. We even have Muslims in member of parliament.

    Maybe the us is different I don't know

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    • His last speeches were mostly about promoting socialism in the U. S

  • Actually, MLK Jr. Was associated with the Republican party.
    Also, Socialism is a failed system, but that's a whole other discussion.

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    • No he wasn't, you want to go look at the man's own speeches particularly near the 3nd of his life.
      He was a very outspoken socialist
      And the Ideas that Sanders and Cortes are talking about worked really well with FDR and work really well in Scandinavia

  • www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/.../ -
    Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican

    It may come as a surprise to many but according to many public documents, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican.

    Before someone goes suggesting this is some sort of public relations spin on behalf of my party, allow me to present the cold, hard evidence. There’s no spin here. These are facts:

    Martin Luther King, Jr.’s father, Martin Luther King, Sr. was not only a registered Republican, but he publicly endorsed Richard M. Nixon (a Republican) for President.

    It was A. Phillip Randolph – an African American and a member of the Republican Party – who coordinated the famous “March on Washington” for Dr. King, where King gave his legendary “I Have a Dream” speech that we celebrated yesterday.
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    whatever they smoke...

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  • He actually didn't belong to any political party, he didn't even endorsed any kind of presidential candidate during his life time either. He actually said so himself that he saw weaknesses in all political groups which is one of the reasons why he wasn't part of one.

    And I can't say I've ever met a Republic online or in real life that said Martin Luther King Jr was part of any kind of political party republican or otherwise. In fact the only time I did ever see it was one time by one person back in 2013.

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  • I've never noticed Reublicans liking MLK.

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  • I always assumed he was a Democrat.

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  • Lies like that are their thing

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  • I was told by a black guy that he was republican

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