Why MLK was a Republican...

…even though he should have Libertarian, but at least he wasn’t a Democrat. What milestone marked the wholesale Black migration to the Democrats? Was his assassination just a coincidence? We could ask Jesse I guess.

This from the National Black Republican Association:

[b]It should come as no surprise that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican. In that era, almost all black Americans were Republicans. Why? From its founding in 1854 as the anti-slavery party until today, the Republican Party has championed freedom and civil rights for blacks. And as one pundit so succinctly stated, the Democrat Party is as it always has been, the party of the four S’s: Slavery, Secession, Segregation and now Socialism.

It was the Democrats who fought to keep blacks in slavery and passed the discriminatory Black Codes and Jim Crow laws. The Democrats started the Ku Klux Klan to lynch and terrorize blacks. The Democrats fought to prevent the passage of every civil rights law beginning with the civil rights laws of the 1860’s, and continuing with the civil rights laws of the 1950’s and 1960’s.

During the civil rights era of the 1960’s, Dr. King was fighting the Democrats who stood in the school house doors, turned skin-burning fire hoses on blacks and let loose vicious dogs. It was Republican President Dwight Eisenhower who pushed to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and sent troops to Arkansas to desegregate schools. President Eisenhower also appointed Chief Justice Earl Warren to the U.S. Supreme Court which resulted in the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decision ending school segregation. Much is made of Democrat President Harry Truman’s issuing an Executive Order in 1948 to desegregate the military. Not mentioned is the fact that it was President Eisenhower who actually took action to effectively end segregation in the military.

Democrat President John F. Kennedy is lauded as a proponent of civil rights. However, Kennedy voted against the 1957 Civil rights Act while he was a senator, as did Democrat Senator Al Gore, Sr. And after he became president, John F. Kennedy was opposed to the 1963 March on Washington by Dr. King that was organized by A. Phillip Randolph who was a black Republican. President Kennedy, through his brother Attorney General Robert Kennedy, had Dr. King wiretapped and investigated by the FBI on suspicion of being a Communist in order to undermine Dr. King.

In March of 1968, while referring to Dr. King’s leaving Memphis, Tennessee after riots broke out where a teenager was killed, Democrat Senator Robert Byrd, a former member of the Ku Klux Klan, called Dr. King a “trouble-maker” who starts trouble, but runs like a coward after trouble is ignited. A few weeks later, Dr. King returned to Memphis and was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

Given the circumstances of that era, it is understandable why Dr. King was a Republican. It was the Republicans who fought to free blacks from slavery and amended the Constitution to grant blacks freedom (13th Amendment), citizenship (14th Amendment) and the right to vote (15th Amendment). Republicans passed the civil rights laws of the 1860’s, including the Civil Rights Act of 1866 and the Reconstruction Act of 1867 that was designed to establish a new government system in the Democrat-controlled South, one that was fair to blacks. Republicans also started the NAACP and affirmative action with Republican President Richard Nixon‘s 1969 Philadelphia Plan (crafted by black Republican Art Fletcher) that set the nation‘s first goals and timetables. Although affirmative action now has been turned by the Democrats into an unfair quota system, affirmative action was begun by Nixon to counter the harm caused to blacks when Democrat President Woodrow Wilson in 1912 kicked all of the blacks out of federal government jobs.

Few black Americans know that it was Republicans who founded the Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Unknown also is the fact that Republican Senator Everett Dirksen from Illinois was key to the passage of civil rights legislation in 1957, 1960, 1964 and 1965. Not mentioned in recent media stories about extension of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is the fact that Dirksen wrote the language for the bill. Dirksen also crafted the language for the Civil Rights Act of 1968 which prohibited discrimination in housing. President Lyndon Johnson could not have achieved passage of civil rights legislation without the support of Republicans.

Critics of Republican Senator Barry Goldwater who ran for president against Democrat President Lyndon Johnson in 1964, ignore the fact that Goldwater wanted to force the Democrats in the South to stop passing discriminatory laws and thus end the need to continuously enact federal civil rights legislation.

Those who wrongly criticize Goldwater, also ignore the fact that President Johnson, in his 4,500 State of the Union Address delivered on January 4, 1965, mentioned scores of topics for federal action, but only thirty five words were devoted to civil rights. He did not mention one word about voting rights. Then in 1967, showing his anger with Dr. King’s protest against the Viet Nam War, President Johnson referred to Dr. King as “that Nigger preacher.”

Contrary to the false assertions by Democrats, the racist “Dixiecrats” did not all migrate to the Republican Party. “Dixiecrats” declared that they would rather vote for a “yellow dog” than vote for a Republican because the Republican Party was known as the party for blacks. Today, some of those “Dixiecrats” continue their political careers as Democrats, including Democrat Senator Robert Byrd who is well known for having been a “Keagle” in the Ku Klux Klan.

Another former “Dixiecrat” is Democrat Senator Ernest Hollings who put up the Confederate flag over the state capitol when he was the governor of South Carolina. There was no public outcry when Democrat Senator Christopher Dodd praised Senator Byrd as someone who would have been “a great senator for any moment,” including the Civil War. Democrats denounced Senator Trent Lott for his remarks about Senator Strom Thurmond. Senator Thurmond was never in the Ku Klux Klan and defended blacks against lynching and the discriminatory poll taxes imposed on blacks by Democrats. If Senator Byrd and Senator Thurmond were alive during the Civil War, and Byrd had his way, Thurmond would have been lynched.

The thirty-year odyssey of the South switching to the Republican Party began in the 1970’s with President Richard Nixon’s “Southern Strategy” which was an effort on the Part of Nixon to get Christians in the South to stop voting for Democrats who did not share their values and were still discriminating against their fellow Christians who happened to be black. Georgia did not switch until 2002, and some Southern states, including Louisiana, are still controlled by Democrats.

Today, Democrats, in pursuit of their socialist agenda, are fighting to keep blacks poor, angry and voting for Democrats. Examples of how egregiously Democrats act to keep blacks in poverty are numerous.

After wrongly convincing black Americans that a minimum wage increase was a good thing, the Democrats on August 3rd kept their promise and killed the minimum wage bill passed by House Republicans on July 29th. The blockage of the minimum wage bill was the second time in as many years that Democrats stuck a legislative finger in the eye of black Americans. Senate Democrats on April 1, 2004 blocked passage of a bill to renew the 1996 welfare reform law that was pushed by Republicans and vetoed twice by President Bill Clinton before he finally signed it. Since the welfare reform law expired in September 2002, Congress had passed six extensions, and the latest expired on June 30, 2004. Opposed by the Democrats are school choice opportunity scholarships that would help black children get out of failing schools and Social Security reform, even though blacks on average lose $10,000 in the current system because of a shorter life expectancy than whites (72.2 years for blacks vs. 77.5 years for whites).

Democrats have been running our inner-cities for the past 30-40 years, and blacks are still complaining about the same problems. Over $7 trillion dollars have been spent on poverty programs since President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty with little, if any, impact on poverty. Diabolically, every election cycle, Democrats blame Republicans for the deplorable conditions in the inner-cities, then incite blacks to cast a protest vote against Republicans.

In order to break the Democrats’ stranglehold on the black vote and free black Americans from the Democrat Party’s economic plantation, we must shed the light of truth on the Democrats. We must demonstrate that the Democrat Party policies of socialism and dependency on government handouts offer the pathway to poverty, while Republican Party principles of hard work, personal responsibility, getting a good education and ownership of homes and small businesses offer the pathway to prosperity.


Wow, I haven’t read anything so vile, disgusting and flat out
wrong in a while. I think maybe" Mein Kampf" was this hideously
wrong, but not much else. As a piece of propaganda, it lowers the IQ of anybody who reads it,
which I guess is the only function of this piece of crap. It is so full of shit I can’t even
begin to drag it into the open air to get the stench out of it.


you have no proof or facts to counter the claims of the historical article, you call it shit because you know it is the truth.

how enlightened comrade…


You could at least come up with one error in it.

It isn’t wrong. I lived through it, as a (contemporary) leftist, white, in the South. Factless, emotional responses like yours were exactly what Blacks and Black sympathizers had to endure and overcome.

One thing I glossed over back then, like most modern leftists do now, Hitler was a socialist. So maybe you ought to read Mein Kampf.

I can email it to him in .pdf.

King was investigated by the FBI for ties to the communist party.
Not very republican of him to be associated with communist.


That just goes to show you how the FBI can confuse being a “communist” with being a persuasive “black man”.

a rose by any other name.
these democrats morphed into dixie-crats. And they inturn mophed to republicans.

Yeah, it is really a two-pronged discussion.

  1. MLK was not only investigated by the FBI because of alleged communist leanings (which had more to do with his opposition of the Vietnam War), but he also actually held them. The Poor People’s Campaign is the most prominent example of this. It would be very difficult to phrase the sort of “economic justice” that he spoke of in either Republican or Libertarian frameworks since it runs counter to their key philosophies.

  2. After the Civil Rights movement, the Republican Party embraced the Southern Strategy in a very substantial way. That is why the “Southern Dems” strongholds at the time of the Civil Rights movement are currently Republican strongholds. The same biases are at play.

And thus the Martin Luther King was a republican theory goes down the
toilet until the next time someone with an agenda lies.
Lies are all the other side has, defeat the lies and
thus defeat the agenda.


except MLK was a republican and the facts speak for themselves no matter how you try to rewrite history… so keep praying for your communist revolution.


Given that King clearly seems to have held properly left-wing political positions he can’t be claimed by either party in their current incarnations. Making all of this worthless nonsense.

If anyone is British, its like the Conservatives or Labour trying to claim to be the party upholding the political ideals of John Stuart Mill. In a word - nonsense, because neither party holds anything like the views that Mill held. The Liberal Democrats come closest, of course, but then we’ll do what British people normally do and dismiss them.

MLK probably was a republican.

Does it really fucking matter?

Which side is these; are republican on and which side was MLK on.
Social Security, the war in Vietnam, equal rights, civil liberties, church- state separation, consumer issues, public education, reproductive freedom, national health care, labor issues, gun policy, campaign-finance reform, the environment
and tax fairness.

Sorry, this one had to be resurrected I guess.

So, this article is vying for the Afro-American’s vote…it is garbage.

It is essentially saying “Republicans are the only people who have done good things for black people”. Which we should all know as wrong. One president alone explains why blacks should not vote for Republican, Reagan. No other president was as destructive to one group of people until you go back to the Native Americans.

Frankly, as a black male this piece is offensive. One calls it a historical piece but what I see is a list of why the Republicans USED to be an intelligent group, but now it falls under the “appeal to vanity/history”. The party has radically switched from helping the US to isolating themselves from the common people. The dixie-crats like Strom Thurmond and Helms became Republicans.

Still down on the plantation is we.

That’s a massive effort to completely ignore what other blacks are saying. Refute it.

Which group has appointed more black high ranking officials with true power. And before you start pointing to Obama, take a good hard look at him. He’s has no experience, he threw his own white grandmother under the bus, he says little or nothing (except “hope” or “change”) that he hasn’t contradicted, and he’s a puppet for the white powers that be within the Democratic Party who wanted to get rid of the Clintons. They don’t expect him to win.

On the other hand, god damn America and the horse Reagan rode in on.

But being white, of course I got no say. Take it up with the group that wrote it.
Meanwhile, let’s all sing the refrain from the #1 hymm sung at Rev. (cough) Wright’s former church (before Obama threw him under the bus.)
Hallelujah I’m a bum
Hallelujah bum again,
Hallelujah give us a hound out
To revive us again.

Yes, I am still down on the plantation…here I am wasting my time at the plantation getting my Bachelor’s then off to Med or Grad school. How uninformed I am. Reading about Malcolm X, not blaming white people for my problems, and breaking about every stereotype that ALL politicians count on (fear of homosexuality, and plain scared or uneducated). Clearly, I am just a house nigger in love with dixie-crats if I disbelief the gall that the Republicans have to give this statement trying to persuade blacks to vote for them.

By and by, what blacks have you spoken to? Clearly a very small percentile if you believe they should be on the Republican band-wagon nowadays. You make an argument that I often hear by those who are wrought with guilt. “I have lots of black friends.” This is what people say who fear people will know they are unfair, who know that they are abusing people. This is what the Republicans are doing.

My parents know politicians are all liars, I agree with them. So, I know not your beef with Obama. But, your bipartisan attitude has nothing to do with MLK. Black leaders are a thing of the past. Your Republicans, and Democrats are both the cause. From MLK, to Huey Newton and many other potential black leaders where jailed wrongfully. I am a moderate, I believe that in order to help fix the things that is wrong with the country we do not need someone who is exponentially wealthy, clearly out of touch with the common man, and never struggled. So, yes I will be voting Democratic because they are the more attractive of the ugly.

You have not done anything then post a pro-Republican propaganda piece by illiciting a dead-man’s name. Other posters are right, he would be more democratic today. There are several times in our history where the parties have essentially switched agendas. In the 70’s this occurred. And, your article lacks the mentioning of the 80’s and what particularly the Republicans did to Black America. I love how before then the article makes the Republicans seem ideal; then just hashes over the last almost 40 years. Sheer Genius.

As far as black Republicans go today. Yay Colin Powell fuck the rest. And yes, I do speak for my entire family. Btw how is our foreign affairs with Condy? Beginning of 2nd Cold War? Stellar.

Frankly, with the way you speak about Obama, clearly you are enamored by him. I feel it may be classified as a man-crush. I personally do not care about who or what you think about him. So long as America sees a change for the better than I do not care. I know for sure I will not feel more assured with a man who cannot openly say how many houses he owns.

Oh! time to go it is getting near the 1st and I need to get my welfare hand out. Man, I love living up to your stereotyping.

Did you earn your degrees, or were you the beneficiary of quotas and leftist bias. It’s a hard thing to say since I’m sure you probably worked hard for what you achieved, but did you justify passing over someone better because of your race. That’s the problem generated by affirmative action.

I have no guilt. I participated to a degree in the desegregation of the University of Georgia before it became the “in” thing to do. What Kennedy and especially Martin Luther King advocated was totally bastardized by LBJ–even though Goldwater was just as screwed up in the other direction. BTW, I’m not a Republican, I’m a Libertarian that has disavowed the national party.

Not all.

He’s a big government socialist.

Wealth is irrelevant if you have integrity. Can you explain why Ted Kennedy keeps getting reelected when he was given a pass for Mary Jo’s death? Or why Clinton was reelected when he had sold the Chicoms state secrets.


Now, I truly believe you are simply speaking inflammatory dribble. What kind of question is this? It amazes me how you believe the world is just so easy because I am a minority. I have worked hard my entire life to educate myself; so what have you done with yourself? Clearly nothing of relevancy if you are so jaded. Affirmative action, such a random spouting…seriously. Simply a straw man argument attempting to derail my education and basically an ad hom saying I didn’t earn anything. How mature and logical.

Thanks for proving my point on the guilt thing. “I participated to a DEGREE in the desegregation of the University of Georgie before it became the “in” thing to do”. I suppose you also believe the black students there were just getting a shot because of their social oppression and not due to their own merits. Congrats on being a Libertarian, now I suppose you should relinquish your ability to use government based facilities since you believe in smaller government. Sure, pay less taxes, go ahead. But, when you are sick, no state run hospital for you, when you have been victimized by a criminal, no police, want to read a book? Too bad! No, state run library facilities. America has had socialist slants since its beginning to help protect and insure the safety/freedom of its people.

Uh huh.

OK…I did not know this was reasoning to seemingly wish ill upon another human but whatever.

You just proved my point that the wealthy are out of touch with the common man because normal people would have been punished by their actions. Rather than vindicated and idolized.

The article you posted glosses over the years 70-08 because of the negativity of the Republican’s to the black community.

You totally ignored what I said. I admitted that you’ve probably worked hard, how else can I say it. But working hard is only half the equation. Innate ability is at least the other half and maybe more. My point is that nobody knows if you have that and were the most qualified or not, including yourself, if race is given weight in the equation to put you above someone more qualified.

MLK advocated color-blindness, that’s all I’m advocating. If we’d used that and equal protection under the law as a goal, how much closer to racial harmony would we be now. MLK was a Republican. Do you know why?

Your attitude is uncalled for knowing no more than I said. And the black student in question was well qualified, more so than me, but this was during the MLK era and before affirmative action and the “Great Society”. And yes, I admit to white guilt. Segregation, lynchings, assassinations, Jim Crow, the Klan and all of it were evil. But my white guilt kept me from recognizing the evils of the Great Society for far too many years.

As long as my tax dollars are being taken at gunpoint to pay for this government run stuff (mostly run incompetently or corruptly), I will use them, many times because I have no choice. BTW, the police as well as the military and justice system are constitutionally justified entities. I’m not an anarchist. I said small government not no government.


Glosses over what?