April 30, 2008, - 3:13 pm

Martin Luther King’s Lawyer: MLK Liked Jews, Would Have Hated Farrakhan, Sharpton, Jackson

By Debbie Schlussel
Clarence B. Jones was both Martin Luther King, Jr.’s personal attorney and close adviser.
He says that King would have been appalled at the anti-Semitism espoused by many of today’s most prominent Black leaders. He has a book coming out, “What Would Martin Say,” co-written with Joel Engel.
Here are some important excerpts of a great column in today’s Wall Street Journal that was taken from the book and is written by both Jones and Engel (it was not properly credited in the byline). If only this were in the Final Call or even the Michigan Chronicle (a Black Michigan newspaper). Or, more necessary, the newsletter of the Trinity United Church of Christ, Barack Obama’s church:


I can say with absolute certainty that Martin abhorred anti-Semitism in all its forms, including anti-Zionism. “There isn’t anyone in this country more likely to understand our struggle than Jews,” Martin told me. “Whatever progress we’ve made so far as a people, their support has been essential.”
Martin was disheartened that so many blacks could be swayed by Elijah Muhammad’s Nation of Islam and other black separatists, rejecting his message of nonviolence, and grumbling about “Jew landlords” and “Jew interlopers” – even “Jew slave traders.” The resentment and anger displayed toward people who offered so much support for civil rights was then nascent. But it has only festered and grown over four decades. Today, black-Jewish relations have arguably grown worse, not better.
For that, Martin would place fault principally on the shoulders of black leaders such as Louis Farrakhan, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson – either for making anti-Semitic statements, inciting anti-Semitism (including violence), or failing to condemn overt anti-Semitism within the black community.

When American cities were burning in the summers before he died, Martin listened to any number of young blacks holding matches blame Jewish landlords or Jewish store-owners in the inner city – no matter that Jews were a minority of landlords and store owners. He asked them, 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? Where were these Negroes with money who’d abandoned their communities? And if blacks had bought those businesses and buildings, would they have charged less for rent and bread?

Like I said, too bad this is in the Wall Street Journal, which the audience that most needs to read this isn’t reading.

17 Responses

This article should have been printed in more newspapers.

lonewolf on April 30, 2008 at 3:50 pm

Hey Debbie: Thank’s for this posting. A book long overdue. BTW; for those who don’t know the claims against Jewish store owners were and are being made against Korean store owners. Just about all of the people mentioned above have said so. I believe Malcolm X. spewed the same rhetoric. Maybe you should mass e-mail this article to everyone in the Trinity United Church of Christ. I wounder what the Rev.(wrong,not)Wright would say to that?

OneIrishJew on April 30, 2008 at 4:09 pm

Blacks have been playing the “victim” blame everyone other then themselves for not joining the human race for hundreds of years. For the billions and billions of money that has been poured into AFRICA just by this country alone for the past 75 years, the African race still refuses to become somthing better than themselves.
They chosse to live in the muck, rape their women, kill their neighbor and all the while scream how they don’t have to take responsibility for their own lives. (Not all blacks adhear to this mentality and I for one would like to see more of the educated blacks in this country start denouncing their antiquated brethern, only then will a true “change” and some true “hope” can be achieved.
For all the tax payer’s money that we ship to the cesspool that is Africa, we could use that money for Americans, say for universal health care—just a thought.

wolf2012 on April 30, 2008 at 4:28 pm

As a black man, I COULD GIVE A SHIT WHAT IS GOING ON IN AFRICA. That’s right, I said it, and I don’t care what you think because I’m an american. I was born in america. This is MY country. And nobody tells me that I should be giving two drops of urnie what goes on in africa, ok??

Squirrel3D on April 30, 2008 at 6:19 pm

Squirrel13D Amen. Go to West Africa and the people there will not see you as a ‘fellow African brother come home’ they will see you as an AMERICAN from an unimaginably wealthy and free country. The skin color will be irrelevant. Believe me, if you are honest, unlike many who go ‘to find their roots’ you will feel MORE American than ever.

poetcomic1 on April 30, 2008 at 6:59 pm

One of the biggest problems is with the black elite, taken as a group. Anti-semitism runs high in this mileau. The number of endorsements among this elite of Wright is alarming, especially black reporters and columnists. But then they know it is safe to be anti-semitic because large sections of the white elite are anti-semitic also, and are treating Israel like an outcast nation.

c f on April 30, 2008 at 7:23 pm

while I agree that mlk would not have liked the reverend wright at all, I do think we should try to ehlp africa, if only because a lot of muslim extemeists live their, and anything we do to improve it might improve our own security also.

mindy1 on April 30, 2008 at 8:33 pm

while I agree that mlk would not have liked the reverend wright at all, I do think we should try to help africa, if only because a lot of muslim extemeists live their, and anything we do to improve it might improve our own security also.

mindy1 on April 30, 2008 at 8:34 pm

Mindy1 – any help ‘given’ to muslim populations is taken as jizya, resulting with little/if any permanent improvement to show for it. Has our security improved over all these years of ever increasing jizya handouts? Where? I can think of no example to encourage such dreaming . . .go back as far as Biafra (see http://www.jihadwatch.org/dhimmiwatch/archives/009413.php ). Repeatedly doing the same thing and expecting different results each time is insane.

justamomof4 on April 30, 2008 at 8:58 pm

Oh, MLK liked Jews – the ones that were members of the American Communist Party, which he also was.

OldSchoolW on April 30, 2008 at 9:18 pm

There are good blacks out there but Martin Luther King made ONE PRO JEWISH statement that he made to a Jewish audience and it is amazing it is the same one comment that everyone uses(I used to believe it was well). If he was pro Jewish you would have more evidence then this one statement. He worked with open communist and communist are very antisemitic and Russia was very much against Israel. WHy would someone who plagurized and was an adulterer and yes he was very slick like Obama be supportive of Jews other then communist left wing Jews. The whole civil rights movement was very antibible and pro communist and I can see today as a guy in his 30’s that if you are a white male you are always discriminated against and the last one to be promoted even if you are more qualified. That is “equality”. Why was there SO MUCH VIOLENCE AND INTIMIDATION IN the civil rights movement.The civil rights movement has always discriminated against Jews especially truly relgious ones.

adam6275 on April 30, 2008 at 9:33 pm

Martin Luther King liked the NAACP, which is now a Supremacist organization. MLK would’ve liked the Black State Of The Union, which is a Black Supremacist rally. MLK would’ve liked 99% of the Black Leaders today, who are all Black Supremacists. It amazes me how anybody can overlook the blatant supremacy of every group today but Whites.

John Harper on May 1, 2008 at 12:48 am

MLK would’ve been right there with Jeremiah Wright, just like all the other blacks. Obama is the odd man out, throwing his spiritual mentor over the side the second it became expedient. I’ve heard two blacks criticizing Wright in the last few weeks, the rest are angry because he’s being called to task by Whites. And they will double talk till the end of time, to disguise their ultimately supremacist agenda, and dumb Whites will buy it because they’re too afraid to say anything.

John Harper on May 1, 2008 at 12:53 am

ìLet me tell you, the brothers and sisters are running the city. Oh, yes. The brothers and sisters are running this city. Running it! Donít you let nobody fool you, we are in charge of the City of Brotherly Love. We are in charge! We are in charge!î-John Street, mayor of Philadelphia, before the NAACP in 2002.
I’m so sure MLK would’ve been distraught to hear comments like this from a fellow ‘leader’. BTW, this occurred shortly before the Black Leaders in Philadelphia called for 10,000 black men to patrol the streets, to stop “black-on-black” crime (I guess the other people didn’t matter). As always, replace the word ‘black’ with ‘white’, and see how that sounds to you.

John Harper on May 1, 2008 at 1:00 am

MLK’s associations with, at the very least, Communist Party personnel are deplorable (although I am unaware of specific evidence identifying him as a Communist Party member).
Nevertheless, what is significant about his denunciation of black anti-semitism, and support of Israel, is his role as a leader of black protest. His views should demontrate to anyone that black people can protest (whether rightly or wrongly — MLK was not always right) without being anti-semitic, although with the clowns of the last 25-30 years, this is becoming less clear.

c f on May 1, 2008 at 6:14 am

Oh, so according to some, Dr. King and the Civil Rights movement had nothing to do with people fighting for what was supposed to have been guaranteed to them as American citizens in the Constitution. It was all about communism. So all of those southern churches that acted as headquarters and refuge for the Civil Rights movement were just communist fronts. Wow. Talk about a revisionist and warped sense of history. The bottom line is, MLK Jr. hated anti-Semitism in any form, whether it was coming from Black folks or White folks. I don’t know where everyone is pulling this other mess from.
Adam6275 ask why there was VIOLENCE AND INTIMIDATION in the Civil Rights movement. Well…..why was there VIOLENCE AND INTIMIDATION in the American Revolution? Why was there VIOLENCE AND INTIMIDATION in the Warsaw Ghettoes? Why was there VIOLENCE AND INTIMIDATION in the abolitionist movement? Why was their VIOLENCE AND INTIMIDATION when the modern day nation of Israel claimed a homeland in 1948? Why was there VIOLENCE AND INTIMIDATION when the ancient Israelites went into the promised land? Why was there VIOLENCE AND INTIMIDATION when the Indians revolted against the British? Why was there VIOLENCE AND INTIMIDATION when Texas declared independence from Mexico? Why was there VIOLENCE AND INTIMIDATION when Moses told Pharaoh to let my people go?
Why? It’s because freedom from oppression ain’t free….it comes with a cost, sometimes in blood. Blood such as the four little girls killed in a bombed out Birmingham church, blood such as the hundreds of Blacks, Jews, and Whites who were beaten, maimed, and murdered during the civil rights movement for daring to take a stand and say all Americans should be treated with decency and guaranteed certain rights promised under the Constitution.
And I sure as hell don’t understand John Harper’s rant against the Black men coming together in folks in Philadelphia wanting to stop “Black-on-Black” crime in their neighborhoods. Some of the neighborhoods are becoming war zones, and even good kids are being slaughtered if they look at someone the wrong way. I have no problem with Black men taking a standing and taking back those neighborhoods from the thugs. It”s not a matter of Black-on-Black or Black-on-White crime…it’s a matter of shutting thugs down so they won’t be committing crimes against anybody. People like John seem to be ready to take the slightest offense whenever Black folks want to stand up for themselves and do the right thing. For some reason, they view it as some kind of racial threat against them. They are like White versions of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton…..they see racial grievance in every damn thing.

JibberJabber on May 1, 2008 at 12:08 pm

Well, Mr. Jibber Jabber, I wonder if it’ll be all right for 10,000 “strong, White men” to police the White community, to stop White on White crime? Oh, that’s right, we AREN’T ALLOWED to have a White community, we have to SHARE everything we build. I guess the White brothers and sisters aren’t allowed to be “in charge” of Vanilla City, are they? That would be hateful.

John Harper on May 2, 2008 at 3:51 pm

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