January 16, 2012, - 3:05 pm
If he were around today, would Martin Luther King, Jr. be a liberal fanatic and shake down artist like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton? No, says Clarence B. Jones, co-writer of King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech and a very close friend of King, in, “What Would Martin Say?,” a book he co-wrote with Joel Engel, a fantastic writer and screenplay author of whom I’m a huge fan. It’s a quick and easy read and very interesting. Here are a couple of excerpts.
On illegal aliens:
What would Martin say to illegal aliens? He’d say, “If you’re in this country illegally, have you come here in order to protest what you consider an ‘unjust law?’ If you haven’t, then for whatever other reason you’re here, even if it’s to make money for your sick child, which is as good a reason as there is, then you’re just violating the immigration laws of this country and deserve no more consideration from the authorities than does a thief.
Sadly, under the current regime, American-born thieves aren’t treated as generously as those who are here illegally.
On anti-Semitism, now mostly the bailiwick of the left:
It was disheartening to Martin that so many blacks could be influenced by Elijah Muhammad’s Nation of Islam and other black separatist movements to not only reject Martin’s message of nonviolence, but rumble and grumble about Jews and “Jew landlords” and “Jew interlopers” . . . . Jews were anyway a minority of landlords and store owners. It grieved him. . . . If you’re going to focus on Jews, Martin asked, why not wonder who else might have bought the buildings that we lived in and rented us apartments? Who else was willing to come in and open stores and sell us the things we needed? . . . Jews made a convenient target, just as they had for two thousand years, though now the ones shooting the arrows their way were black.
The book goes on to talk about King’s support for Israel and how he flat-out told those who are anti-Israel that they are anti-Semites. And so on.
Get Yours . . .
These are only excerpts and there are long chapters on each of these topics and King’s views on them. And, even though I don’t agree with every single view espoused therein, it’s a good book and shows that Martin Luther King, Jr., in his political views and social outlook, was a conservative . . . far different than the charlatan Jacksons and Sharptons and Wrights of the world who’ve tried to take his place.
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