What is it with the Democratic liberal left, especially those in the black community who get so whacked out over a black Republican. The following quote is from NAACP’s senior vice president for advocacy and policy, Hilary Shelton on Alveda King, who is the niece of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“Alveda King isn’t a fit representative of the “I have a dream” message her uncle left for the nation because, he said, she’s “undeniably a very long-term committed Republican and is pro-life.”
Alveda King has chosen to speak at Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor rally on the same day as Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network’s annual Reclaim the Dream rally backed by NACCP’s head, Ben Jealous on the 47th anniversary of her uncle’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
Now really, how is she not fit because she is a Republican and pro-life? Hilary Shelton is presumptuous with that statement. Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was against abortion. Some say MLK was a Republican, some say he did not identify with either of the 2 major political parties. It is universally agreed that her grandfather, Martin Luther King Sr (Daddy King) was a registered Republican.
In the South, before the mid 1960s, blacks that were able to get past the poll taxes and stupid poll tests ( for example, guessing the correct number of marbles in a large jar or reciting parts of the U.S. Constitution) were often still denied registration. Many southern blacks that could vote where usually registered by the Republican Party which did not have a lot southern members back then. Condaleeza Rice is a Republican due in part to the Republicans in her home state of Alabama registering her father to vote, when the the Democratic Party refused.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King fought against the Jim Crow segregation that was instituted and maintained by the Democratic South. So being a Republican hardly makes his niece an unfit representative. Hilary Shelton should review Jim Crow and civil rights history.
This notion that if MLK were here today, he would be at Rev Sharpton’s event as opposed to Glenn Beck’s is not correct. The main point of the “I Have a Dream” speech was disavowing skin color and putting the main emphasis on the content of one’s character. Rev. Sharpton and Ben Jealous are still too caught up on the skin color. Restoring Honor has much to do with the content of one’s character. Alveda King choose the right rally to attend. Read more about her here.