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From Standpoint, here’s the full article by MLK’s Pulitzer-winning biographer David J. Garrow:

The troubling legacy of Martin Luther King

Newly-revealed FBI documents portray the great civil rights leader as a sexual libertine who ‘laughed’ as a forcible rape took place

David J. Garrow
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30/05/2019

 
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  1. El Dato says:

    Who wouldn’t laugh as a forcible rape takes place?

    Kearse “had brought to Washington several women ‘parishioners’ of his church”, a newly-released summary document from Sullivan’s personal file on King relates, and Kearse invited King and his friends to come and meet the women. “The group met in his room and discussed which women among the parishioners would be suitable for natural or unnatural sex acts. When one of the women protested that she did not approve of this, the Baptist minister immediately and forcibly raped her,” the typed summary states, parenthetically citing a specific FBI document (100-3-116-762) as its source. “King looked on, laughed and offered advice,” Sullivan or one of his deputies then added in handwriting.

    Sounds like standard behaviour occurring in the seedy underbelly of charismatic leader’s organizations. The world is quite Milo Manara like (has anyone read “Indian Summer”? It’s pretty good, though maybe not “good for you”)

    Now … about that safe room of the SPLC bunker….

  2. Anon[147] • Disclaimer says:

    I wonder if Garrow is ailing.

    Some of us now-ageing King scholars “may not get there with you” come 2027, but there is no question that a profoundly painful historical reckoning and reconsideration inescapably awaits.

    He’s going to be 74 in 2027, not young, but not the age where you’d be thinking, “Yeah, I’m probably gonna be dead before then.”

  3. It’s only troubling if you’ve already got a replacement and a new plan set up. It hasn’t been troubling anyone for the last 5 decades with lots of feminists around to get troubled.

    For Ann Coulter, the replacement is Thurgood Marshall. Yeah, I think she’s serious. I wonder where her Libertarianism went off to lately. She’d been batting a .990 (struck out on affirmative action a coupla’ times). Now, with this latest, plus the anti-pot business a few columns back, I don’t know …

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    , @Father O'Hara
  4. Ooh… Garrow wrote the words “historical review”. You know what that means.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  5. Arclight says:

    Pretty brave of this guy to publish this, given the sainted status MLK has received in our culture. Nevertheless, it’s all going to be swept under the rug and probably discussed as completely fabricated by a corrupt white power structure bent on ruining the greatest moral giant of the 20th century, possibly of all American history.

  6. Barnard says:

    None of it is the least bit surprising, including that in 1967 4 out of 10 members of the KKK board were working for the FBI.

  7. 1. Affairs are pretty common behavior among black Baptist pastors. So, no, I’m not surprised.

    2. This is the FBI we’re talking about. Did you observe the FBI’s performance over the past 3 years? Do you think this is something new? It’s the FBI, Jack. So, I’m taking the rape allegations with a grain of salt.

  8. Jake says:

    The late Senator form NC John East read parts of the FBI transcripts into the Congressional record in an attempt to stop the proposed MLK national holiday. That only made the Neocons, ensconced in the Reagan White House, hate him and all southerners even more.

  9. Jake says:
    @Arclight

    Garrow is the extremely rare, and now nearly extinct, truly honest Liberal. He got denied tenure at the dawn of his academic career for ruffling feathers by writing things that Ralph Abernathy told him about MLK as a sexual deviant with an insatiable appetite.

    Today’s Left will demand it be swept away so as to not scare the children it is leading to getting filled with hormones to make into non-binary gendered Frankenstein’s monsters.

  10. bomag says:
    @Arclight

    Pretty brave of this guy…

    Yes, the people are well trained to avert their eyes from any graven images of the Prophet, and to deal harshly with those drawing the blasphemous cartoons.

    • Agree: ThreeCranes
  11. Walsh2 says:

    The rape aspect is most likely BS. The things I trust more than the FBI are too numerous to mention. MLK was a horny dude who liked the ladies, i.e. a fairly typical man.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    , @David In TN
  12. @Arclight

    Ah yes–we don’t want to judge folks by the “content of their character”–that would be racist!

  13. Bill P says:

    About fifteen years ago, I got ahold of this remarkable little book titled I was an NKVD Agent by Anatoli Granovsky, who defected to the West in 1946. Other than its lack of a plot, it reads like a spy novel, so I don’t know how much of it is true, but it was published in 1962, so it has some relevance here.

    One of Granovsky’s potential missions following the Soviet victory in WWII was to infiltrate the West. He was to use two angles: one of which was to seduce women of high social standing who were active in social justice (e.g. feminism, civil rights, etc.); the other was to be a fake priest/minister.

    So according to Granovsky, the top tier of Soviet intelligence had already identified the ministry, the sexual revolution and civil rights as key weaknesses to be exploited by communists by the end of WWII. This would explain a lot.

    I strongly suspect that MLK was indeed handled by the KGB, probably not only through Levison but others as well. I doubt he was personally aware of it, but a man like that doesn’t need to be — he’s most useful just stirring up trouble with his sermons, sleeping around and not asking questions about where the money comes from.

  14. theMann says:
    @Shouting Thomas

    My sentiments exactly. No Baptist Minister is ever going to be my favorite person, King included, but come on:

    These are 50 year old hearsay allegations coming from an organization known for systematic institutional corruption.

    King had more than enough bonehead ideas, plagiarism charges, and unsavory associations to make a target rich criticism environment, so let’s stick to the facts and ignore the unprovable.

  15. Hans says:

    Fake name, plagiarized “Ph.D.,” genuine appetite for sex and abuse.

    Oh, well, we still got Mandela – https://barnesreview.org/product/rivonia-unmasked/

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  16. BenKenobi says:

    I said it last week when Drudge first picked this up:

    “Heroic FBI wiretaps scumbag misogynist with ties to Russia”

    Who, whom indeed.

    • Agree: Nicholas Stix
  17. Isn’t everyone pretty much done with MLK?

    Sure the grade school hagiography is still there, and he has to make an appearance if PBS wants to do another “Civil Rights” rehash. That bit ain’t going away. And for blacks … this ain’t a big deal. She’s shaking it, what’s a brother but put it in? That’s what a big man is supposed to do. Else what’s the point of being big?

    But it seems like everyone’s moved beyond that whole St. Martin, “I have a dream” and “content of their character” stuff, to just flat out whitey bad! Trayvon! and the Gentle Giant had absolutely *terrible* characters. That didn’t give anyone pause.

    Whitey gotta pay up now.

  18. @Bill P

    so I don’t know how much of it is true

    Not only is it true, it is in fact fairly common knowledge nowadays. It is well known, for instance, that the communists completely infiltrated the Roman Catholic clergy during and after Vatican II. Antipope John XXIII, convener of the Council, was himself a communist sympathizer. This explains the radical “social justice” bent taken by Catholicism in the post-Conciliar era, which has been thoroughly destructive both for society and the Church, as was intended.

    This is all an open secret whose time is not yet come. It is known but not grokked; evident but not acted upon. There are still too many powerful figures from that era (Bergoglio himself is one) whose presence acts as a psychological heavy hand that keeps the younger generations toeing the farcical line. Thus, the younger Novus Ordo priests, the ones who aren’t gays or soy-boys and who really ought to know better, are forced to try to square the circle by maintaining that “the Council was a great gift to the Church and fully inspired by the Holy Ghost, yet there have been problems in its implementation.”

    But the day is coming when a critical mass of the old guard finally dies, and then the dam will burst. The same thing will happen with MLK.

  19. @Bill P

    so I don’t know how much of it is true

    Not only is it true, it is in fact fairly common knowledge nowadays. It is well known, for instance, that the communists completely infiltrated the Roman Catholic clergy during and after Vatican II. Antipope John XXIII, convener of the Council, was himself a communist sympathizer. This explains the radical “social justice” bent taken by Catholicism in the post-Conciliar era, which has been thoroughly destructive both for society and the Church, as was intended.

    This is all an open secret whose time is not yet come. It is known but not grokked; evident but not acted upon. There are still too many powerful figures from that era (Bergoglio himself is one) whose presence acts as a psychological heavy hand that keeps the younger generations toeing the farcical line. Thus, the younger Novus Ordo priests, the ones who aren’t gays or soy-boys and who really ought to know better, are forced to try to square the circle by maintaining that “the Council was a great gift to the Church and fully inspired by the Holy Ghost, yet there have been problems in its implementation.”

    But the day is coming when a critical mass of the old guard finally dies, and then the dam will burst. The same thing will happen with MLK.

  20. Even as a teenager I was aware that MLK had a lot of marital infidelities, because why wouldn’t he? He was a self-righteous rock star in front of a microphone, and some of us early on figured out that chicks dig self-confident dudes on stage in front of a microphone. It spells Power without hurting or killing anybody, which would be icky.

    “The secret of show-biz is this: people are willing to pay money to see other people believe in themselves.”
    — Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth)

    What I didn’t know about with MLK was all the hookers, especially the White hookers, the abuse, and the obsession with abusing White hookers. I just assumed groupies were throwing themselves at him and he couldn’t resist, but no. The Right Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. Was Obsessed With Beating Up Helpless White Women — Hookers That He Hired Using Jewish Money.

    If the Right had a brain in its head it would lead with THAT. But of course the Right hasn’t got a single brain at all, so expect this stuff to vanish.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
  21. Bill P says:
    @AnotherDad

    Conservatives now (shamefully) often claim King as one of their own, so this is still important. King’s false Christianity also has to be exposed as fraud. Why was a Jewish communist (who prominently defended Julius and Ethel Rosenberg) writing sermons for a Christian pastor, anyway? To spread the good news about Christ? Give me a break…

    For those of us who had to endure MLK day rallies and indoctrination sessions in grade school, and hated them, this is vindicating.

    Before we Americans can move forward with a truly just, truly Christian solution to racial strife in our country, this fake Christian state cult of MLK has to be banished.

    • Replies: @L Woods
  22. Peter Brimelow on Martin Luther King in 2015:

    Happy Robert E. Lee Day! His January 19 birthday was once widely celebrated across the South (it still is mentionable in Alabama) but during the Second Reconstruction has been quietly suppressed to the point where even such a devoted son of the Confederacy as American Renaissance’s Jared Taylor was unaware, when I talked to him on Sunday night, that its local variant in his and Lee’s state of Virginia, Lee-Jackson Day, was supposed to be celebrated last Friday. (Not surprisingly—it seems to have been recently crudely scrubbed from Virginia’s webpage).

    But there’s a silver lining, sort of, in this tale of attempted historical lobotomy: it shows that public holidays come—and they go. Martin Luther King Day, rushed through Congress with Obamacare-style disregard of process in 1983, has been by now weighed in the balance for almost thirty years. It has inarguably (but unmentionably) been found wanting. It is time for it to go.

    And in fact, I believe it will go, or at least be quietly suppressed like Robert E. Lee Day.

    Tweet from 2015:

    • Replies: @ben tillman
  23. indocon says:

    Can Trump order the declassification of MLK documents?

  24. @Achmed E. Newman

    For Ann Coulter, the replacement is Thurgood Marshall.

    I prefer Marcus Garvey. That would send a message.

  25. King was denied a pistol permit. I wonder about this guy:

    Cops: Apartment pool monitor packs heat on sizzling Saturday

  26. @Anon

    I wonder if Garrow is ailing.

    That could explain his nerve. Or perhaps this is his shot at immortality.

    • Replies: @PV van der Byl
  27. Raising the obvious question: Why now? “Extra, Extra, read all about it, MLK’s a horny buck jig who got way more than you ever did! In other news, Lindy landed!” Here’s why. (For any old crispies here who were read in to CHAOS SCI, this’ll ring a bell.)

    Illegal surveillance of King had gone on for years and Hoovered up enviable amounts of poontang. FBI played the tape of “King” mocking Jackie to RFK, pissing him off enough to extract a legal pretext for surveillance in 1964. FBI needed official authorization then because CIA was panicked about King and X cooperating to subject the government to customary international law (which is of course state and federal common law.)

    On Kup’s Show that year X said, “…if America would not listen to its own citizens and its own courts, perhaps it would listen to the citizens of the world as personified by the UN, the World Court,” and “I propose we lift the issue of civil rights to the level of human rights by bringing it before the United Nations,” prompting Louis Lomax to say, “You’ve become a moderate.” Actually, going over the head of the government to the world was incomparably more subversive than anything X had done before.

    Then King opened negotiations with X to support his UN human rights petition. On 3/27/64 King met X in public and they stated their intention to act together if the Civil Rights Act did not pass. X said, “We want to put this country on the world stage.” X toured Africa to enlist international support. CIA reported that X was “transporting material dealing with the ill treatment of the Negro in the United States. He intends to make such material available to the OAU in an effort to embarrass the United States.” CIA also stipulated a deliverable due 5/22/64. Talmadge Hayer confirmed that their plot to kill X was formalized in the days immediately following CIA’s deliverable date.

    MLK is currently getting desantaclausified by Black Panther Party old timers, and organizations like BAP and USHRN are dusting off his highly subversive human rights turn. CIA’s intent here is to undercut this longstanding legal initiative so it can be attacked as unprecedented Russian treason or whatever. King was not the first to do it – W.E.B. Du Bois was – but King’s the most prominent exponent. That’s why we all have to think about his big black pokey dick now.

    • Replies: @OscarWildeLoveChild
  28. @Arclight

    Nevertheless, it’s all going to be swept under the rug and probably discussed as completely fabricated by a corrupt white power structure bent on ruining the greatest moral giant of the 20th century, possibly of all American history.

    MLK was not just “the greatest moral giant of the 20th century, possibly of all American history”. MLK was the GLOAT (= Greatest Lifeform Of All Time) of the universe.

  29. Someday there will be a rejection of MLK, not because of his personal failings, but because his vision of a colorblind society free of tribalism is about as plausible as a perpetual motion machine. Will it be a 2050 version of Malcolm X doing the rejecting, or a 2050 version of Bull Connor? That remains to be seen.

    • Replies: @Calvin Hobbes
  30. J.Ross says: • Website

    Every thinking and literate person already knew something was up with King, eg Reagan insisting that he wanted King to have a holiday despite “rumors” because it was less about King and more about doing it for the shorties. But this link is kind of surreal. This headline was “debunked” (evidently wrongly) on a chan a few days ago, and earlier in these pages commentators were saying that King was next to be #MeTooed.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  31. @SimpleSong

    Someday there will be a rejection of MLK, not because of his personal failings, but because his vision of a colorblind society free of tribalism is about as plausible as a perpetual motion machine.

    MLK’s “content of their character” business was not meant seriously. It was a rhetorical flourish. To the extent that he had a “vision”, it was the one described by Earl Butz. He was a tribalist through and through.

  32. L Woods says:
    @DCThrowback

    That’s just the FBI. Who knows how many more were state/local law enforcement, military intelligence, Communist plants, or god knows what else.

  33. Art Deco says:
    @Barnard

    There was no ‘the KKK’ after 1949. There were local klaverns, some with no affiliation, some part of skeletal state organizations, and some affiliated with one of a few multi-state organizations.

    • Replies: @Barnard
  34. Art Deco says:
    @Walsh2

    MLK was a horny dude who liked the ladies, i.e. a fairly typical man.

    Uh no. Promiscuity on his scale is the signature of men who haven’t much to do with women.

    • Replies: @BB753
    , @Walsh2
  35. It seems MLK was basically a total fraud. totally plagiarized his dissertation. All of his iconic speeches were written for him by others. Laughed at rapes. Just another race hustler /ethnic self advocate on a quest for gibsmedat. If he didn’t die young he would probably have become Al Sharpton.

    • Replies: @MBlanc46
  36. Art Deco says:
    @The Germ Theory of Disease

    Even as a teenager I was aware that MLK had a lot of marital infidelities, because why wouldn’t he? He was a self-righteous rock star in front of a microphone, and some of us early on figured out that chicks dig self-confident dudes on stage in front of a microphone. It spells Power without hurting or killing anybody, which would be icky.

    Richard Nixon also traveled a great deal and gave speeches to large crowds.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    , @Reg Cæsar
  37. nebulafox says:
    @Barnard

    J. Edgar Hoover didn’t mess around.

  38. L Woods says:
    @Bill P

    You hated them while in grade school? And I thought I was precocious for being appalled at the teacher’s encouragement of applause of US soldiers in edutainment films about the Indian Wars.

    • Replies: @Bill P
  39. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Art Deco

    And Art Deco returns to form, after a long good streak, as the guy who masters details but comprehends nothing.

  40. BB753 says:
    @Art Deco

    MLK was the typical African Big Man type. No surprise here.

  41. Barnard says:
    @Art Deco

    The report Branch links to claims the “four in ten board members” comment is about the United Klans of America.

  42. nebulafox says:
    @Shouting Thomas

    This is Hoover’s FBI we are talking about here, so I do agree that the rape claims need to be taken with a pinch of salt. However, as you noted, it wouldn’t be the first time that a saintly public Baptist preacher-white or black-had a less than saintly personal life. Besides, I don’t think King’s indiscretions-which Hoover knew about-haven’t been out there for a while now.

    (Which I’m weirdly more comfortable with, those constipated monks who took over the GOP in the 90s creep me out.)

  43. so what’s the takeaway here. probably that his usefulness to the left is declining so they’re ok with his myth declining and sainthood ending.

    the left was able to use him to convince boomers to surrender their country, and that was the goal. boomer time is ending, so the reverend’s time is ending.

    MLK, the greatest hoax in american history? certainly among the top 2 or 3 ever.

    • Agree: L Woods
  44. J1234 says:

    “Forcible rape” is just an arbitrary label that imposes white cultural values on blacks, right?

    • Replies: @L Woods
  45. @theMann

    These are 50 year old hearsay allegations coming from an organization known for systematic institutional corruption.

    I share your skepticism, but all it’s going to take to nail ol’ MLK is a couple octogenarian ex-babes coming forth with recovered memories.

  46. JohnnyD says:

    Robert E. Lee never laughed at a rape…

  47. Walsh2 says:
    @Art Deco

    Perhaps, but womanizing is not an uncommon character flaw.

  48. Anonymous[339] • Disclaimer says:

    Whatever the substance of the rape accusations, obviously King was in many ways a hypocrite and a fraud. This is old news. Most likely all this will be ignored, at least until the tapes are released. Some possibility that the MSM will exploit whatever ambiguities are present to discredit the whole thing (e.g. “The Central Park 5 may not have all actually committed rape” turns into “The Central Park 5 are totally innocent!”). Or King may just be posthumously “cancelled,” Michael Jackson style. Doesn’t matter really; the current kulturkampf is bigger than any one man, especially one that’s been dead for 50 years.

    It’s also funny that the pretext for the wiretaps was, essentially, that King was colluding with Russian agents. The more things change…

  49. @Reg Cæsar

    For Ann Coulter, the replacement is Thurgood Marshall.

    I prefer Marcus Garvey. That would send a message.

    Why can’t it be a cool black guy who everybody likes? How about Tony Gwynn, David Robinson or Carl Weathers?

    • Replies: @ben tillman
    , @Reg Cæsar
    , @Jake
  50. Hoagy says:
    @Anon

    He’s going to be 74 in 2027, not young, but not the age where you’d be thinking, “Yeah, I’m probably gonna be dead before then.”

    A couple of doctor visits could change your tune very fast. There’s plenty that can go wrong at that age.

  51. @El Dato

    “Who wouldn’t laugh as a forcible rape takes place?”

    Sadly, Emmet Till never got his change to.

  52. @El Dato

    That should read “chance,” not change.

  53. Art Deco says:
    @nebulafox

    (Which I’m weirdly more comfortable with, those constipated monks who took over the GOP in the 90s creep me out.)

    Newt Gingrich and Robert Dole are ‘constipated monks’?

  54. @Shouting Thomas

    The event described is on tape.

  55. @Walsh2

    Excuses, excuses. You sound like Arthur Schlesinger.

  56. @Bill P

    The longtime neocon, Ron Radosh, just wrote a column (https://thebulwark.com/what-are-we-supposed-to-think-of-martin-luther-king-jr-now/) on this subject: “What Are We Supposed to Think of Martin Luther King Jr. Now?”

    Radosh discussed the sexual part but also wrote:

    “There is another aspect of the revelations that do not relate to King’s sexual life and which are very important. After J. Edgar Hoover spoke to Robert F. Kennedy, King was advised to break his contact with Stanley Levison, a man who advised King, gave his movement money, and was a secret member of the American Communist Party. The history of the civil rights movement has always assumed King took this advice to heart.”

    “The new documents suggest, however, that King secretly both kept up his contact with Levison and continued to take large amounts of money from the CPUSA, and thus from the Soviet Union. From 1957 through 1962, Levison gave what Garrow calls ‘the astonishing amounts’ of a total of $76,500; the equivalent of $650,000 today. Levison was in charge of handling all CPUSA funds, including those secretly coming from the Soviet Union, which helped finance the American Communist Party. Ar a time when segregationist Mississippi Senator James Eastland was accusing the civil rights movement of being run by Communists, such knowledge, had it come out, could have had damaging effects on it.”

  57. @nebulafox

    The “claims” are backed up by audiotape.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  58. Noman says:

    Troubling legacy of MLK, Jr is his Jewishness. Related to the King Ranch Kings, and many others.
    Then there is the familial relationship between James Earl Ray and MLK, Jr.
    http://mileswmathis.com/mlk.pdf

  59. L Woods says:
    @J1234

    In a sane world, it’d be tautological. Instead, here in clown world, it’s accompanied by drunk “rape,” regret “rape,” non-affirmative consent “rape,” statutory “rape,” eyeball “rape,” psychic “rape,” et cetera, et al.

  60. I would imagine, assuming no massive civil conflict has taken place, that by 2027 that information and any evidence of it will have been disappeared or scrubbed. In fact, there are probably people working on it at this very moment. On some radio show a year or so ago, I heard an interview with a high-ranking, recently retired FBI agent, who when asked what Comey’s greatest achievement was at the FBI, said, “Bringing diversity into the Bureau.” Wonderful.

  61. Art Deco says:
    @David In TN

    In 1960, $76,500 over a period of five years would suffice to pay wages, salaries, and fringes for the equivalent of three employees in an ordinary business.

    • Replies: @David In TN
  62. @Arclight

    There’s a reason this paragon of virtue is the only American with their own federal holiday (I just don’t know what it is).

  63. Paul says:

    My understanding is that M.L.K. also plagiarized in his Ph.D. dissertation and that Boston University has never taken any action against him for that.

    • Replies: @PV van der Byl
    , @Jake
  64. KenH says:

    The radical left and all the feministas are sure quiet as canaries over these explosive revelations. But based on this information we need to tear down the MLK statue on the national mall and rename all schools and streets that were named after MLK. For that’s the treatment white historical figures receive if they don’t live up to the lofty standards of 2019, so what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

    • Replies: @ThreeCranes
  65. KenH says:

    We also need to repeal the MLK holiday. We shouldn’t set aside a day to celebrate a rapist, philanderer and plagiarist and someone who laughs while an innocent parishioner is being raped.

  66. @Charles Pewitt

    I call it MiLK day. People seem to like that.

  67. @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    How about Muhammad Ali, the Black Nationalist and White Nationalist?

    • Replies: @PV van der Byl
  68. @Art Deco

    It would be pretty good for one man to use as pocket change.

  69. Bill P says:
    @L Woods

    All the white kids hated them. They were racial guilt sessions and the blacks would get aggressive and menacing toward us every year at that time. If we could get away with it, we’d skip the rallies.

  70. @Reg Cæsar

    In what State was he denied a pistol permit? In the early 60s, Malcolm X showed off his M1 carbine to admiring journalists.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  71. @Art Deco

    Nixon was anything but “self-confident”, though.

  72. @nebulafox

    those constipated monks who took over the GOP in the 90s creep me out.

    Me, too.

  73. @ben tillman

    AND white nationalist?

    Well, why not?

    Two of his great-grandfathers were white men (both his mother’s grandfathers).

    It would only be fair.

    • Replies: @OscarWildeLoveChild
  74. KenH says:

    Black professor Jason Nichols was just on Tucker Carlson and his rebuttal to the recent charges against his plastic god MLK is thus:

    1) David Garrow don’t know nuffins
    2) MLK really didn’t do nuffins wrong…the charges can’t be verified
    3) We need more streets named after more black civil rights leaders

    Tucker didn’t cross examine Nichols and was just a bobble head throughout the interview. Very disappointing.

  75. @Father O'Hara

    Honestly, Father, and to every iSteve reader here, I have no idea who he is. My eyes glazed over on the posts that concerned him, and I skipped comments when I ran into the name. With a name like that, I just don’t want to know anymore. Fatigue has set in.

  76. Next thing you know is that someone will be claiming that Trump cheated on his wife and his taxes.

    Soon there will be no great men left, because they all have feet of clay when you look beneath the socks.

    Jesus was criticized in his own time for hanging out with hookers, staging a bank robbery, and unsafe boating practices, and most of the Saints were not angels.

    Even God himself has been responsible for well-documented acts of genocide, and some of the worst natural disasters in history including floods, eruptions, eclipses, tidal waves, hurricanes, and other deadly events.

  77. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Bill P

    The mainline Protestant denominations and large sectors of the American Roman Catholic apparatus were heavily infested by communist or cultural Marxist operatives by WWII. This is not news to readers of cootie infested 1950s-19760s right wing literature. The real hiostorical question is to what extent this was the doing of the CPUSA/Soviet/Horkheimerian operatives and to what extent it was a case of the communist operatives here and in the Soviet being the mutual pawns of a “higher (lower?) power”. Not necessarily a supernatural one, but a cabal of financiers and manipulators…..serving some end.

    ( I never got to ask Anton LaVey why the head of the Satanic church was the “HIGH priest” when the demonic order would be inverted from the angelic, so shouldn’t he be the “low priest”? )

    The last several Popes have been accused of antipopery, of course, but any student of history knows that that was true all along-some Popes were decent men, a few even great, but many were utter beasts. Doctrines such as papal infallibility challenge the credulity and decency of any remotely objective observer and always have.

    The (white) fundamentalist churches and, at least until the 1970s, the LDS church were pretty well clear of such infestation. Revilo Oliver, one of the few genuinely intellectually honest atheist writers I have read, famously declared :

    (1) The power and value of a religion has nothing to do with
    the personality or probity of its founder. The best example of that
    is provided by the Mormons, who are today the most solid and
    stable cult in the United States, and who successfully resisted
    longer than any other large church the contagious decay that
    quickly reduced all others, with the exception of some small, scat-
    tered, and discordant Fundamentalist churches and some pock-
    ets of Traditionalist Catholics, to the contemptible quackery of a
    “social gospel” and hypocritical irrationality. This really astonish-
    ing and massive religious edifice was founded by one Joseph
    Smith, a petty swindler who began his career by fleecing suckers
    by means of a magic stone through which he could see treasure
    buried in the earth, but after he was arrested and got off with a
    promise not to do it again, turned to the safer and much more
    lucrative racket of swindling suckers with religion. He founded a
    great church, but there is reason to believe that he didn’t give a
    damn what happened to it after he was dead and probably didn’t
    expect it to last

  78. JimB says:

    I don’t think there will be any reckoning of the MLK legacy in the future. In post-Wokist America of 2027 black behavior, no matter how depraved, will be above reproach. Raping, rioting, and stealing are just what authentic black folks do. Get used to it, honky.

    • Replies: @BB753
  79. AndrewR says:
    @Anon

    I imagine most 66 year olds could tell you with reasonable accuracy whether they’re going to be alive in eight years. It would be an interesting experiment. In any case, I think plenty of us have long been aware what a scumbag King was.

  80. Oh. And you believe the FBI.

    You probably even believe the MSM.

    I bet you believe they just executed a negotiator in North Korea.

    I mean, it says so on TV. It must be true.

    Man, are you guys suckers.

  81. Roger says:

    There were right-wing publications that said all of this stuff about MLK about 50 years ago. The publications were called racist, of course. Either this is old news, or some widespread rumors turned out to be true.

  82. For your information, MLK’s integrationist, universalist, and pacifistic stance is not popular today with any race.

    This is why he’s great.

  83. Jake says:
    @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    If you must have a black man holiday, the best choice by far is President Camacho.

  84. Jake says:
    @David In TN

    Of course the Soviets financed the US civil rights movement. And so did the Quakers and Unitarian-Universalists and Congregationalists, and Jews who were not pro-Marxist, and all kinds of wealthy homosexuals, and a rather sizable number of rich, socially conservative Episcopalians.

  85. Jake says:
    @Paul

    MLK is the most numinous of the Numinous Negroes. Going against him is like going against God.

  86. @KenH

    Don’t rename the streets! They’re handy guides for which areas to avoid in unfamiliar cities.

    • Replies: @KenH
  87. @PV van der Byl

    In what State was he denied a pistol permit? In the early 60s, Malcolm X showed off his M1 carbine to admiring journalists.

    It was Alabama. At least that state had concealed carry permits to deny. The South was actually the worst part of the country for that practice, as in the 19th century it was viewed as unmanly, and it was widely banned. Open carry was generally legal, though hardly encouraged for blacks.

    Open carry was also legal in California in those days, probably by default. Huey Newton studied the pertinent ordinances carefully, and took his posse on a well-armed, and perfectly legal, stroll through the State Capitol grounds in Sacramento.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jan/20/martin-luther-king-guns-pacifism

  88. BB753 says:
    @JimB

    So, we’re not gonna replace all those MLK boulevards, avenues, schools, etc, with the name Obama? It’s catchier. Obama Avenue, sounds like a hit song.
    Face it, MLK was unwoke by current day standards, perhaps even – gasp! – an Uncle Tom!

  89. KenH says:
    @ThreeCranes

    Don’t rename the streets! They’re handy guides for which areas to avoid in unfamiliar cities.

    You’re right. I forgot that a street by the name of MLK warns white people to stay away due to the blight and violent crime one will find in that immeidate area.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  90. @AnotherDad

    Yes it seems like the only people I hear saying “content of their character” stuff, are the very last whites to hear the echo from the canyons of the old reality, if that makes any sense. It’s typically boomer cucks or very sheltered white kids under 25 from all white areas who still haven’t been around HR (Affirmative Action), or black folks generally. Fortunately, I think the “I don’t care if you’re black, white, brown or purple…” stuff is nearly buried, too.

    As the father of mixed (Amerind) children, I always make sure to remind white parents when I hear them say something pro King or A/A (since he supported it) that I agree, my children should have an advantage to “level the playing field”, and that I agree with liberals and King (who supported A/A), that all that “content of character” stuff is for white folks..not the rest of us, or parents of mixed kids. It bothers them to hear a white man on-up/double down on such an issue they want to virtue signal, especially when they realize my children will benefit from it and their’s won’t. Painful faces ensue.

    • Agree: Desiderius
  91. @Uncle Ben's Perverted Rice

    “desantaclausified”

    Not only did I literally laugh out loud, I’m totally incorporating that into my next cocktail party with liberals…whenever that will be.

    Too funny

  92. @David In TN

    I would not be surprised to learn anytime say, from today to the next 100 years, that a certain wife, not only knew all this (obviously much of it first hand, as a woman/wife), but was played the tapes, and shown other evidence…and that she may have been in contact with feds all along, to the very end. She bore a lot of the private burden and shame of knowing the reality..having to live through decades of beautification of this guy, knowing much if not most of it was a shame–and I bet she never saw a penny extra for her troubles.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
  93. @PV van der Byl

    And his grandsons/kids (at least one, right)?

    • Agree: PV van der Byl
  94. Anonymous[303] • Disclaimer says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Ooh… Garrow wrote the words “historical review”. You know what that means.

    What does it mean?

  95. Anonymous[303] • Disclaimer says:
    @Hans

    Fake name, plagiarized “Ph.D.,” genuine appetite for sex and abuse.

    Not for abuse. The rape story is totally implausible.

  96. Anonymous[303] • Disclaimer says:
    @J.Ross

    But this link is kind of surreal.

    What “link”?

  97. Anonymous[303] • Disclaimer says:
    @David In TN

    The “claims” are backed up by audiotape.

    No they aren’t.

    • Replies: @David In TN
  98. @Anonymous

    In a few years you can listen to them on your computer.

  99. MBlanc46 says:
    @Anon

    I sure hope you’re correct, because I’m only a year and a few months short of that age.

  100. MBlanc46 says:
    @theMann

    The allegations of sexual impropriety came from Ralph Abernathy. If the FBI info came from out of the blue, one might be a bit suspicious. But they merely confirm what one of King’s closest associates has said.

  101. MBlanc46 says:
    @AnotherDad

    Read the Federalist around the middle of February.

  102. MBlanc46 says:
    @BigDickNick

    That pretty much sums him up.

  103. @KenH

    Our MLK just got an upgrade that involved removing the very last hints of non-affluence (20 some old houses). It runs mostly through the booming University and Hospital districts.

    A lot of blacks have been relocated out to the suburbs.

  104. Art Deco says:
    @OscarWildeLoveChild

    Coretta King herself was a fluent public speaker. However, extraparliamentary politics was her husband’s vocation, not hers (and of very circumscribed utility in any case, especially vis a vis black America’s condition). She was a lapsed music teacher. Instead of going back to that, she spent her life as a simulacrum of a public figure.

    She devoted herself to creating memorials to him (and also developing cash cows). First, she sets up a grant money vent pipe called the “Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change”. This irritated other people in the ‘civil rights’ business, because there are only so many donor dollars to go around. The one useful thing the King Center did was maintain an archive. A critique of their activities in this regard was published in American Libraries about 20 years ago. The bottom line was that the King Center ought to turn the archive over to some institution which knows how to manage archives, before leaky roofs and other environmental dangers ruin it. Another of Coretta’s projects was something call the ‘Intellectual Properties Management Corporation’ in order to hoover up royalties derived from the use of her husband’s public remarks.

    She never remarried (not unusual for middle-aged widows and divorcees). Her children were either unteachable or she and the proximate maternal and paternal side relations failed them. There was this Newsweek article in 1998 of the sort which reminds you that some reporters and editors in this country would have fit in quite well with Soviet Russia’s gosizdat media. It’s a profile of Coretta’s brood, then between the ages of 35 and 44, about how they’re all so interesting ‘in their own right’. At that point, none of them had ever married or had any children. Neither son could manage to cadge a baccalaureate degree. One son had been put in charge of his father’s old organization (the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which had been formed in 1956 as a temporary co-ordinating body; Martin King III had never held a ministerial position, been ordained, or obtained a divinity degree). The other son had been put in charge of his mother’s outfit. Prior to supervising the King Center, Dexter King had spent 7 years as his mother’s consigliere sending demand letters to people who made use of his father’s words without making royalty payments. Daughter Yolanda was supposedly an ‘actress’; ever seen anything she was in? IMBD and IBDB did not exist at that time, but you can discover that over a period of 27 years she logged 18 credits. I assume she was buckraking on the speaking circuit, but if you’re charitable, maybe you figure she was in regional theatre the whole time. Daughter Bernice has practiced law and held ministerial positions in Atlanta and is the only one of the four of them who has a claim to having been a serious person.

    Yolanda King eventually keeled over dead from a heart attack at age 51, Martin III was canned by the SCLC for indolence and absenteeism, Dexter decamped to Los Angeles to do what no one knows and then got into tacky quarrels with his siblings over money, and Bernice eventually got stuck with the dead racoon that is the King Center. All very unedifying. Coretta got one (1) grandchild out of the deal, which she never lived to see.

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