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View Diary: Why should you believe Republicans' assertions that Martin Luther King was a Republican? (19 comments)

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    First, it wouldn't be terribly surprising if the King family by heritage had carried the Republican label.  For many years in the South, the Republican Party was essentially the party of disenfranchised black people.  The Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Freedman's Bureau established an important political legacy. The banner of the Mississippi Democratic Party from the Civil War until about 1970, declared it to be the party of White Supremacy, nothing else.

    However, having spent much of the last 50 years hearing conservatives denounce King as a Communist, it's amusing to see the reversal of field and attempted reclamation of King as Republican.  Personally, I know nothing about any Republican connection King may have had.  I do know he was a frequent presence at the Highlander Folk School, organized and operated by, yes, Communists.  It was the only American political party consistent in its dedication to the support of civil rights and the struggles of black Americans.

    Pay no attention to the upward redistribution of wealth!

    by ActivistGuy on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 10:24:50 AM PDT

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