‘Freedom 2 Twerk’ Poster with Likeness of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is Just Offensive

Portraying Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a coon is offensive. Period.

A poster advertising an upcoming event to be held at the Social Network Events Center in Flint, Mich., with an image of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wearing a gold medallion, and sporting either a ‘hood’ greeting or gang signs, and sagging pants, is raising eyebrows. It’s equally offensive that the caption on the poster is “Freedom 2 Twerk.” Really?

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‘Freedom 2 Twerk’ Poster with Likeness of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is Just Offensive

The poster is another proof that this generation of young people do not respect the sacrifices of people like Dr. King, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks and others who gave their lives in the struggle for racial equality and justice. My issue is not with one’s right to ‘twerk’ but to denigrate the legacy of Dr. King and all the freedom fighters in such a crass manner is just wrong.

BlackAmericaWeb reports the organization behind the ‘Freedom 2 Twerk‘ flyer is Mid-Michigan Teen Parties. We know they are appealing to teens, but dang, really? This isn’t black pride. It’s just offensive.

Today in History: Rosa Parks Refused to Give Up Seat to White Passenger 58 Years Ago

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Today in History: Rosa Parks Refused to Give Up Seat to White Passenger 58 Years Ago (Photo credit: Smithsonian)

Rosa Parks exercised a great deal of courage 58 years ago today, when she refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama, en route home from a hard day’s work. Yes, on December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks took a stand that set off the civil rights movement and still reverberates today. Some say that it was part of a planned series of actions. I say it was selfless and an act of bravery and determination to buck the status quo.

Even now, as he looks over Parks’ police report and fingerprints, [William] Pretzer, a senior curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, is struck by the banality of the documents. “There is nothing that makes this event look extraordinary,” he says. “It is being treated as a typical misdemeanor violation of the city code. In fact, that is exactly what it was.”

Yet, while police dealt with the situation just like any other altercation on the city’s segregated buses, Parks, her attorneys and NAACP leaders organized. “Within the African American community, it is seen as an opportunity for progress to be made, for attention and pressure to be brought to bear on the white power structure,” says Pretzer. Source:  Smithsonian Magazine

Many of our young people, and some adults, don’t grasp the magnitude of her actions and how it helped to make life better for us today. Rosa Parks’ act of defiance inspired the Montgomery Bus Boycott and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. emerged as our civil rights leader. The bus boycott lasted 381 days. On the 382nd day, the city’s buses were officially integrated, with the backing of the US Supreme Court.

 

Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott Slams Florida Gulf Coast University President Over Planned Rap Concert

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Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott Slams Florida Gulf Coast University President Over Planned Rap Concert

Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott claims Florida Gulf Coast University and its president Wilson Bradshaw are condoning the use of the “n-word, degradation of women, drug use and violence by sponsoring a concert with rappers Ludacris and Kendrick Lamar,” the News-Press reports. Ludacris and Lamar are slated to perform at the annual student concert, known as Eaglepalooza, Nov. 24.

In a series of emails The News-Press obtained through public records requests, Scott challenges President Wilson Bradshaw to overrule a student group’s decision to bring the nationally known rappers to Southwest Florida. “I am amazed that a black university president would sanction such a disgrace; especially during the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s speech,” Scott wrote to his senior staffers. Scott sent a similar message directly to Bradshaw: “I can’t for the life of me begin to imagine why a black university president would sanction such vile content.”

Ludacris and Kendrick Lamar have censored versions that play on the radio, but Scott shared uncensored lyrics in his emails that contain numerous vulgarities, including derivatives of the N-word that “glamorize racial slurs.”

Scott asked his legal department whether he could decline requests for off-duty deputies to work security detail, like it did for a Girls Gone Wild request, or if it could bill FGCU for an enormous manpower demand by citing “the pattern of local and national trends for heightened violence at these hip-hop shows.” Scott also recommended that Lee County government deny an event permit for the concert, which is slated for Nov. 24 at JetBlue Park.

Email: Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott to FGCU President Wilson Bradshaw (No. 1) [PDF]

Email: FGCU President Wilson Bradshaw to Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott [PDF]

Email: Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott to FGCU President Wilson Bradshaw (No. 2) [PDF] Source: News-Press

Some people are attacking Sheriff Mike Scott, but can we honestly say we want change if we aren’t prepared to make hard choices, starting with the entertainers we embrace? Since when is listening to a song about hoes and bitches cool?

 

Merrill Lynch Settles Racial Discrimination Lawsuit for $160 Million

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Merrill Lynch Settles Racial Discrimination Lawsuit for $160 Million

Brokerage giant Merrill Lynch has settled a $160 million settlement in a racial discrimination lawsuit brought by hundreds of black financial advisers, making it the largest settlement in a racial discrimination case, the AP reports.

Chicago attorney Suzanne E. Bish on Wednesday confirmed the settlement involving Merrill Lynch and some 1,200 plaintiffs. She says it’s one of the largest settlements ever in a racial discrimination case.

A Merrill Lynch statement says it’s “not commenting on the existence” of a settlement.

The primary plaintiff, George McReynolds, alleged Merill Lynch engaged in a pattern of discrimination, resulting in blacks having lower production than white men at the company.

Bish noted the settlement coincides with the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Call for Equality and Justice Still Haven’t Been Realized

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Call for Equality and Justice Still Haven’t Been Realized (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The election of the nation’s first black president shows that we haven’t even begin to live up to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream. The current climate in the Republican Party, which is veering on extremism, makes a mockery of Dr. King’s dreams, from the gutting of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to voter suppression tactics to keep blacks, elderly, Hispanics and students away from the polling stations.

A post-racial America will never happen in our lifetime despite the fact a black president was elected twice in the last two elections. We have to work together as a community to right the wrongs within our community and to embrace the bold determination that people like Medgar Evers, Rosa Parks, John Lewis, Julian Bond and many others had in the face of unspeakable adversity, to keep up the fight and finish the race. That means ending the no-snitch mentality in our inner city neighbors, providing a stable home for our kids, being involved in our kids’ education, taking the right to vote seriously, among other things. To echo John McWhorter, “what we black Americans are free to do, in a permanently imperfect world, is shape our own destiny together.”

As we honor his legacy and the selfless actions of countless people of who for racial equality and justice, we should all revisit Dr. King’s acclaimed “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington on August 28, 1963:

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro till is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination.

One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity.

One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. So we have come here today to dramatize the shameful condition.

In a sense, we have come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.

This note was a promise that all men, yes black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.” But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check — a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. They have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.

And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?” We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating “For white only.” We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.

Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.

I say to you today, my friends, even tough we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice and sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its Governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day, this will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ‘tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.”

And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!

Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!

But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

George W. Bush On March on Washington Anniversary: “Our Journey to Justice Not Complete”

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George W. Bush On March on Washington Anniversary: “Our Journey to Justice Not Complete”

Former president George W. Bush said “Laura and I are proud to join our fellow Americans in commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech’; “our journey to justice is not complete,” NBC News reports.

Statement by President George W Bush: ‘Dr. King was on this Earth just 39 years, but the ideals that guided his life of conscience and purpose are eternal. Honoring him requires the commitment of every one of us. There’s still a need for every American to help hasten the day when Dr. King’s vision is made real in every community – when what truly matters is not the color of a person’s skin, but the content of their character.’ – @NBCNews

Rep. Peter King: Rand Paul Comparing Edward Snowden to Martin Luther King Jr. ‘Madness’

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Rep. Peter King: Rand Paul Comparing Edward Snowden to Martin Luther King Jr. ‘Madness’ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Another prominent Republican is slamming Sen. Rand Paul and his stance on surveillance programs. Rep. Peter King (NY), who has 2016 presidential ambitions, said the libertarian wing of the Republican Party is damaging the party’s reputation on national security. He criticized Paul for supporting fugitive NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

The Hill:  “When you have Rand Paul actually comparing Snowden to Martin Luther King or Henry David Thoreau, this is madness,” King said.

“This is the anti-war, left-wing Democrats of the 1960s that nominated George McGovern and destroyed their party for almost 20 years. I don’t want that to happen to our party.”

King, appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” said Republicans are at risk of losing a hard-won reputation as a party that is strong on foreign policy and national security.

He also criticized the 94 House Republicans who voted for an amendment, sponsored by Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), that would have defunded the NSA’s domestic surveillance programs, which collect information metadata about phone calls.

“I thought it was absolutely disgraceful that so many Republicans voted to defund the NSA program which has done so much to protect our county,” King said. “This is an isolationist streak that’s in our party that goes totally against the party of Eisenhower and Reagan and Bush.”

Here we go again, Sen. Rand Paul trying to rewrite history to suit his views. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood firm and never ran when the civil rights movement started its fight for racial justice and equality. In fact, he and many others were jailed for their beliefs and actions. Edward Snowden, on the other hand, chose to leak and run. Sounds like a punk to me.

Actress Angela Bassett Says Racism Played Role in Trayvon Martin Murder

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Actress Angela Bassett Says Racism Played Role in Trayvon Martin Murder(Photo credit: Rocky Mountain News Photos)

Actress Angela Bassett, who rarely lets her opinion on political matters heard, waded into the Trayvon Martin murder, charging racism played a role in the unarmed teenager’s death at the hands of a wannabe cop George Zimmerman.

Bassett made the comments in Chicago last weekend during a speech  at the South Side Catholic church as part of its African-American Speaking Series. She compared Martin’s killing to the historic case of Chicago’s own Emmett Till,  the 14-year-old murdered in 1955 after whistling at a white woman in Mississippi. The legendary actress urged a national push to overturn the so-called “stand your ground” laws across the South, the Sun Times reports.

“Trayvon Martin adds another name to the terrible legacy of young black men like…Emmett Till and countless others who were judged, sentenced and executed for the crime of being young and black,” the 53-year-old star of film and stage told an audience of some 800 Friday night at St. Sabina.

“An innocent young man walking home from getting a snack, and by virtue of race, accused of being a trespasser and predator just steps away from his father’s home. Yet all signs suggest that he was the one being hunted and then killed,” said Bassett.

“And his killer, allowed to roam free under a law that says people only need to feel threatened before they can make the decision to take your life. What’s worse is that it’s a law that’s spread throughout a great deal of the country, particularly in states where justice has not always been blind. Certainly not colorblind.” Source

Angela Bassett is usually not this vocal about political and social issues. Some people may applaud her, while others will dismiss this as another celebrity trying to jump on the bandwagon. Angela Bassett is currently starring on Broadway in the award-winning play, “Mountaintop,” which features the events the night before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.

It’s a little crazy to see George Zimmerman pull out a black friend to vouch for his veracity, when that friend, Joe Oliver, wasn’t a witness to the murder of Trayvon Martin. I am amazed at how some people, when they are accused of a crime or an action that seems racially motivated, they will sing the virtues of blacks and tell you how many black friends they have.

 Actress Angela Bassett Says Racism Played Role in Trayvon Martin Murder

GOP Presidential Frontrunner Mitt Romney Says Obama “Divides us With the Bitter Politics of Envy”

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GOP Presidential Frontrunner Mitt Romney Says Obama "Divides us With the Bitter Politics of Envy" (Wikipedia)

I watched the television coverage of the New Hampshire primary and I knew Mitt Romney would have won handily by double digits. I also listened to his speech and there were some key points that were a direct slap in the faces of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the 99% of Americans who are struggling to make ends meet. Mitt Romney said Obama is a “leader who divides us with the bitter politics of envy.” Um, so the 99% of Americans are envious of the rich? Really? Asking the rich to pay more taxes is due to envy on the part of the rest of us? He better than any of the other candidates should stand on the Scriptures, that the we must always take care of the least among us. Nobody is saying to just throw money at the poor through entitlement programs. I guess if asking the bankers and Wall Street fat cats to follow the law and not rip off Main Street is part of the bitter politics of envy, then I guess I am jealous of you Mitt Romney.

We are on the eve of celebrating Dr. King’s legacy  through MLK holiday. His message of leveling the playing field for the poor and the middle class should still resonate, yet we have a presidential candidate saying President Obama divides us with the “bitter politics of envy.” Tell that to someone who has lost their home through foreclosure having done all the right things, including practicing fiscal responsible, but who have been sidelined because of a pink slip. Mitt Romney is so out of touch with reality and the majority of Americans, it’s not funny. This isn’t hope you can believe in. It’s bullshit that you shouldn’t believe in.

“President Obama wants to put free enterprise on trial. In the last few days, we have seen some desperate Republicans join forces with him. This is such a mistake for our Party and for our nation. This country already has a leader who divides us with the bitter politics of envy. We must offer an alternative vision. I stand ready to lead us down a different path, where we are lifted up by our desire to succeed, not dragged down by a resentment of success. In these difficult times, we cannot abandon the core values that define us as unique — We are One Nation, Under God.”

The Pew Research Center released a report on Wednesday found that about two-thirds of Americans now perceive a strong conflict between the rich and poor in this country. That was up 19 percentage points from 2009. This has nothing to do with envy, but everything to do with fairness. This great country wasn’t built by the rich. Everyone played a role, including the least among us at the time, who happened to be slaves. It seems that the rich, like Mitt Romney, want to reap societal benefits but want nothing to do with societal responsibilities. They want all the profits and say to hell with the middle class and the poor. That mentality will keep economic recovery at bay for a longer period of time. It’s all about me, me, me, and not about us.

Without even going into his tenure at Bain Capital during which thousands lost jobs, I would venture to say, Mitt Romney is so out of pace with Main Street and more in sync with Wall Street, that his words about restoring the middle class ring hollow and are nothing more than talking points. He seems to have forgotten President Obama inherited a mess from a Republican Administration. I believe the economic crisis is partly cyclical and it will all work itself out over time. Though many of the jobs that have been lost won’t come back. It’s time to talk retraining and changing the way we do business and live.

“Internationally, President Obama has adopted an appeasement strategy. He believes America’s role as leader in the world is a thing of the past. I believe a strong America must – and will – lead the future.

He doesn’t see the need for overwhelming American military superiority. I will insist on a military so powerful no one would think of challenging it.”

Um, Mitt, President Obama presided over the assassination of the September 11 terror mastermind Osama Bin Laden. A feat even President George Bush didn’t accomplish, though he bragged that he would leave no stone unturned in his quest to find the terrorist. Under President Obama’s watch, Moammar Gadhafi was killed and his regime toppled. Under his watch, Hosni Mubarak and his cronies are now facing criminal trials. Under his watch, Al Qaeda and the Taliban have been virtually dismantled. The notion that our military isn’t the most superior in the world is laughable. Talking points. Just talking points.

He ended his victory speech by saying “I’m asking each of you to remember how special it is to be an American,” but to whom is he referring to? I can remember a day when the middle class was the backbone of this country but today that couldn’t be further from the truth. The middle class is disappearing slowly, thanks to the rich getting richer and everybody else getting poorer. I remember the day when blacks finally got the right to vote and not have their votes suppressed because of the color of their skin or their children denied entry into a college or university. Unfortunately, we are seeing some evidence of a push towards voter suppression. When we have someone like Ron Paul, who claims Dr. King is one of his heroes, but yet says the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is unconstitutional and says it’s okay for a “private” business establishment to discriminate on the grounds of private property, well, I hate to tell you, that is the America these guys want us to revisit.

One thing I know is that every black or Hispanic voter must go to the polls to let their voices be heard. Please engage your elected official and be engaged in the process. Take the time to listen to the speeches of Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Rick Perry and President Obama. I think Mitt Romney will clinch the nomination and go up against President Obama. Well, if that’s the case, is Mitt Romney the best person to meet your needs as a 99 percenter?

Transcript of Mitt Romney’s victor speech.

 GOP Presidential Frontrunner Mitt Romney Says Obama Divides us With the Bitter Politics of Envy

Ron Paul Dodges Racist Newsletter Question, Says Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. One of His Heroes

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Ron Paul Dodges Racist Newsletter Question, Says Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. One of His Heroes (Wikipedia)

GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul dodges racist newsletter question during ABC presidential debate, says Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was one of his heroes and says the civil rights icon practiced Libertarian principles. He made the rounds with all the black civil rights icons. He even invoked Rosa Parks too.

“More importantly, you ought to ask me what my relationship is for racial relationships. And one of my heroes is Martin Luther King because he practiced the libertarian principle of peaceful resistance and peaceful civil disobedience, as did Rosa Parks did,” Ron Paul said.

It’s very ironic that Ron Paul should state Dr. King was one of his heroes because one of those newsletters, published in December 1990, singled out Martin Luther King Jr. as “a world-class adulterer” and even accused the civil rights leader as having “seduced underage girls and boys” and “replaced the evil of forced segregation with the evil of forced integration.”

Here’s an excerpt from Ron Paul’s December 1990 newsletter:

He was also a comsymp, if not an actual party member, and the man who replaced the evil of forced segregation with the evil of forced integration.

King, the FBI files show, was not only a world-class adulterer, he also seduced underage girls and boys. The Re. Ralph David Abernathy revealed before his death that King had made a pass at him many years before.

And we are supposed to honor this “Christian minister” and lying socialist satyr with a holiday that puts him on a par with George Washington?

Congratulations to Arizona! Who could doubt that the result would be exactly the same if the other 49 states could also vote on a holiday for this affirmative-action saint?

Would you say that about your one of your “heroes?” Ron Paul can’t seem to keep his story straight. Um, this isn’t the way to appease the black community. We can see right through your “pious baloney.”