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In a 1958 interview, King said “I don’t think the Republican party is a party full of the almighty God nor is the Democratic party. They both have weaknesses … And I’m not inextricably bound to either party.”
The Republican Party geared its appeal and program to racism, reaction, and extremism. All people of goodwill viewed with alarm and concern the frenzied wedding at the Cow Palace of the KKK with the radical right. The “best man” at this ceremony was a senator whose voting record, philosophy, and program were anathema to all the hard-won achievements of the past decade.
In the light of these facts and because of my love for America, I had no alternative but to urge every Negro and white person of goodwill to vote against Mr. Goldwater and to withdraw support from any Republican candidate that did not publicly disassociate himself from Senator Goldwater and his philosophy.
"A commonly circulated item about Martin Luther King which is not included in this list is the claim that King was a Republican. Such claims are based purely on speculation; King himself never expressed an affiliation with, nor endorsed candidates for, any political party, and his son, Martin Luther King III, said: "It is disingenuous to imply that my father was a Republican. He never endorsed any presidential candidate, and there is certainly no evidence that he ever even voted for a Republican."
reply to post by asyourworldburned
come out from your moms basement in her motel.
the sun is shining. liberal/progressive is nothing more than
reply to post by bbracken677
Oh, I read it. You just don't know what you are talking about. You just know what you have overheard or read about the pre-Civil rights era.
I was sitting in my grandmother's kitchen in Big Creek, MS when I was 13 in 1964. At that age I could not but notice all the talk about Goldwater and the Civil rights fights. It made me ask a question I had never asked before "Grandma, why do we hate n****(blacks)?" Her answer "Cause they are sub-human".
That is a centuries old taught philosophy that Johnson and the civil rights activists had to overcome.
You also infer that the black community was better off before they had equal rights with the white race. You could not be more wrong.
reply to post by MOMof3
I know they seem long, but you could form a more cogent response if you read bbracken's posts instead of skimming them for things you disagree with.
He and others have laid out the truth several times in this thread. People today think Democrats were more supportive of the civil rights movement because of a deliberate revisionist history campaign.