Martin Luther King Jr., Republican?
“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity,”
– Martin Luther King Jr.
Since the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and black voters pivoting to the Democratic Party, Republicans have repeatedly declared King was a proud Republican.
Former candidate and Republican for the 9th Congressional District in Memphis, Charlotte Bergmann, campaigned with:
“Martin Luther King Jr. was A Republican. So Is Charlotte Bergmann. Charlotte Bergmann for Congress.”
King’s niece, the founder of the conservative organization King for America, loves to tout that “Daddy King” supported conservative policies, principles, and politicians.
“My uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., during his lifetime, was a Republican.”
However, Martin Luther King Jr.was not a Republican. On this, King’s son, Martin Luther King III has said:
“It is disingenuous to imply that my dad was a Republican. He never endorsed any presidential candidate, and there is certainly no evidence that he ever even voted for a Republican. It is, even more, outrageous to suggest he would support the Republican Party of today, which has spent so much time and effort trying to suppress African American votes in Florida and many other states.”
From Traditional Values To Radicalism
Martin Luther King Jr. grew up in a traditional home, and his father was a registered Republican, who supported Republican candidates until the presidential candidacy of John F. Kennedy. King himself was mostly nonpartisan.
“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.”
In fact, King respected Republican President Richard Nixon as much as he did Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson. Historians have noted there’s a possibility King might have registered as a Republican. Before 1932 black people voted solidly Republican thanks in part to President Lincoln’s stance against slavery – not to mention that Democrats forbid blacks from voting in the south – going so far as to prohibit blacks from registering as Democrats.
It wasn’t until 1924 that black people were authorized to attend the Democratic conventions. Therefore, it’s not surprising that blacks who were able to vote voted for the GOP during this era of resistant and segregationist laws.
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Black Voters In America
The podium shifted in the black community with the economic populism and presidency of Roosevelt. In 1936, he received 71 percent of the black vote. In 1948, Harry Truman received 77 percent of the black vote with his stance of “desegregating the armed services and an executive order setting up regulations against racial bias in federal employment,” as reported by Fact Check.