January 16, 2012, - 3:05 pm

Book by King Friend: MLK Jr. Was a Conservative – On Immigration, Anti-Semitism, Etc.

By Debbie Schlussel

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.


Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Conservative

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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25 Responses

Very good point Debbie. I can’t believe that bloviating buffoon Sharpton is injecting himself into the emergency manager foray in Michigan. MLK was a Christian and a Christian should always be on Israel’s side, IMHO.

Hollywood on January 16, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Yes, he WOULD say this and he WOULD say that. A shame he’d dead and can’t confirm what an accurate portrayal of him this presents.

TheDarkEricDraven on January 16, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    More snark from TDED but typically NO AMO to break the argument.

    Wasn’t Dr. King a Republican too? We all know that the Democrats had little to do with the Civil Rights movement. Just ask Al Gore Sr and that freak that was Bill Clinton’s idol.

    Republicans also had the first black delegates. As far back as 1868 I believe. But we know what the Debbie Blabbermouth-Schultz’s have done to invert history in the Democrat party.

    My dad could attest to the regretful feelings the writer states above regarding NOI and their spreading of anti-Semitism. My dad was half-black and born in the 20s and he ALWAYS told me how the Jewish shopkeepers let all their customers (during the depression) put all their purchases on “credit”. He told me in detail about the books they kept and how they would let the customers buy things when they had NO $$$. He always told me that without the Jews in his neighbourhood, the people would have suffered greatly. He NEVER forgot that and never, ever forgot how the Jews helped him, his family and his neighbours.

    I am so sure Dr. King had similar memories and that also helped him not fall into the folly of stupid Jew hatred.

    Skunky on January 16, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      Skunky, MLK was not a declared Republican. He voted for JFK and LBJ.

      Too often, conservative republicans try to paint the civil rights struggle in strict party line colors(no pun intended).

      Support for and opposition to civil rights cuts across party lines.

      Liberal Democrats, especially in the North supported civil rights legislation, while conservative Southern Democrats opposed it.

      Republicans were also split. Some including Everett Dirksen supported it while others including such conservative leaders Barry Goldwater,Bill Buckley,Ronald Reagan opposed it.

      Don’t forget the Solid Democratic South started to fracture in 1948 when Harry Truman supported Hubert Humphrey’s Civil Rights platform at the Democratic convention.

      Also, remember Barry Goldwater won the Deep South against LBJ in 1964 because of his opposition to the Civil Rights Actof 1964.

      Scott on January 16, 2012 at 11:48 pm

Great article Debbie and I as a black person who’s one of you’re fans and readers would like to thank you for this article Ms. Schlussel!

If Dr. King were alive today he would’ve been anti-illegal immigration and he’ll call out all anti-semitic jew-haters who are either white-supremacist, black-nationalist, muslim-fanatics, etc. And let’s be honest and get to brass-tax, 50 years ago around this time there was NO such holiday called “Martin Luther King Jr. Day”, it was called Lincoln’s day and Washington’s day, etc. The communist far-left decided to white-wash Lincoln’s day and Washington’s day and make call it “Martin Luther King Jr. Day”, I know this is kinda debatable, this specific day could be called “Civil Right’s Day”, because Dr. King stood and advocated for civil rights for all americans in this country.

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on January 16, 2012 at 3:53 pm

MLK was a Republican, as was Jackie Robinson.

Occam's Tool on January 16, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Even if he was, so? That would make him the ultimate RINO. In virtually every sense, King was a man of the Left, including his stated support of what later came to be known as affirmative action. A Republican Leftist is still a Leftist.

    On the plus side, at least, he was a supporter of Israel, providing more in this respect than what we have come to expect from the current crop of black “leaders.”

    Seek on January 17, 2012 at 1:25 pm

I was just watching this classic movie on “Turner Classic Movie” called “Intruder in the Dust”, it’s a great film and there is some racism in the film unfortunatley. There’s a character who’s a black landowner who’s arrested and falsley accused of murder, but a lawyer, who happens to be a white man defended him to prove his innocence and also a white kid also defended the black guy for false accusations.

I’ll give you folks the trailer of this film, it was produced in 1949, if DS herself saw this film, she’ll rate it with “4-Ronald Reagans”, because how good/great this film was written and produced. BTW, forgive me for changing the subject, I don’t mean to do that folks:


“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on January 16, 2012 at 4:45 pm

…and he was a registered Republican.

Jen on January 16, 2012 at 5:10 pm

How come you’re so sweet Debbie?

wjm on January 16, 2012 at 6:47 pm

He probably was a conservative.

wjm on January 16, 2012 at 6:49 pm

One big difference is Al and Jesse learned how to make $$ off of the civil rights movement. King wasn’t like that.

wjm on January 16, 2012 at 6:57 pm

I pay homage to one man and one man only and he is Jesus of Nazareth who was not of European descent but of Middle Eastern descent. Every man has his shortcomings.

Any day named after any man I do not recognize because that man must appear before G-d to be judged. I recognize accomplishments but that is all.

Confederate South on January 16, 2012 at 8:20 pm

I didn’t mean that sarcastically. I meant how did you get to be so sweet. I think you are. OK nevermind, the debates are on now on Fox. Later…

wjm on January 16, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Wjm why do you keep saying such things? Get a date dude. Maybe a life too while you’re at it. Just sayin’

Melissa on January 16, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Oh please. I know Debbie has a sense of humor. But, you may be correct on the perception. OK, I won’t say anything else. Sorry.

wjm on January 16, 2012 at 10:12 pm

MLK was NOT a conservative, and to say he was is historical revisionism.

In the last few years of his life, he championed very liberal/left-wing causes such as strong opposition to the Vietnam War, supporting billions of dollars in reparations for slavery and discrimination, huge additional gov’t progarms to rebuild cities(especially urban ghettoes), workers rights,etc.

Many conservatives including J Edgar Hoover believed MLK was a communist.

He voted for JFK and LBJ, not Nixon or Goldwater.

Scott on January 16, 2012 at 11:27 pm

The Confederacy was 100% Democrats. In fact the leading Democratic vote getter in the Presidential Election of 1860 was John C. Breckinridge, an Ex-Democratic Vice President. After losing the election, he became a General in the Confederate Army.

burt on January 17, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Democrat and liberal were 180-degree opposites in the context of the South for the century between the end of the war and the 1960s. In so sense could supporters of Jim Crow be called “liberals.” It was Northern Democrats who ended segregation in the 60s, not resisting southern Democrats. As for the KKK, they acted far more as Christians — a distinct brand of Southern Protestantism — than as Democrats.

    Seek on January 17, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Scott, your post shows something I’ve been trying to say for a long time. We have to stop trying to put people in neat little boxes that say, “Conservative” or “Liberal”. Dr. King’s views were very conservative on some issues and very liberal/radical on others. He definitely was strong proponent of Israel and spoke out against anti-semitism. If you ever have a chance to listen to tapes of his regular Sunday sermons, you’ll find his religious views were very conservative and would be called “evangelical” in today’s terms. So Debbie is correct about his conservatism on certain issues. However, he also called for a radical reorganization of American society and did support several left-wing causes. But unlike today’s Civil Rights leaders (including his own family), Dr. King never profited from his efforts. This again shows that most people are complex and it is futile to try to put them in certain political boxes that we have pre-assigned to them.

Justin on January 17, 2012 at 11:15 am

“Dr” King is no hero and nor a Conservative but a putative “Republican” in the mode of the typical progressive opportunist similar to statist Republicans today. He was also a well know plagiarist, friend of communist, serial adulterer, professed liar, firm believer in reparations and affirmative action. I’d prefer the left take ownership and await the day the undisclosed information on the fraud be released.

Westie on January 17, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    The westies were Irish drug thugs on the West Side of Hells Kitchen. You sound like you know. What else can you parrot, Mein Kemph?

    Ron Wolf on January 17, 2012 at 9:19 pm

I listened to his first “dream” speach in Detroit in 63 I believe on NPR yesterday. Also heard Winton Marsalis talk about the shame he felt when he was called out for not thoroughly reading MLK as a youth.
I was suprized how intuitive and knowledgable of pychology and human nature this man was. It is a crying shame that he was killed, and I truly wonder what was taken away that unfortunateu day when as a young weekend desk assistant at ABC News for the weekend I ran into the room shouting to a half drunk desk editor who nonchalantly told he was busy and wait until the wire was fully typed.
I left ABC disgusted the next day after being fired on the spot for taking the blame for a machine upstairs not being loaded by a new young assistant who happened to be black, married and with a new kid. I then turned down an offer at NBC.
No good deed goes unpunished as I ended up teaching in Hells Kitchen and Harlem hoping to avoid what I saw in the incoming 16mm film from Vietnam.

My weekday job working for SCOPE a documentary that was canceled was over anyway.
After Bobby was killed the shit really hit the fan in Harlem. King would have been very disappointed on what followed his death. Unlike what happenned after the death of Ghandi confusion and hatred exploded. By that time I was teaching to avoid the draft. Do you blame me, half of my job was filing the torn casualty sheets, and SCOPE under the late Arthur Holch had brought Vietnam into our parents living rooms.

Ron Wolf on January 17, 2012 at 9:11 pm

I wouldn’t be surprised if King was a registered Republican,
most Blacks were in the 50’s and early 60’s, but I wouldn’t
consider him a conservative except in some social issues. The civil rights bill got more Republican votes than Democrat, but
who would think that from the media coverage these days? Barry
Goldwater opposed it because he said you can’t legislate morality, not because he hated Blacks or thought they were 2nd
class citizens. The Great Society has really hurt Black families, helped create a cycle of dependency that might never be broken. I doubt that Mr. King would have supported it in all respects. I doubt too that he would be proud of Jesse Jackson and most of the African American so called leaders that are keeping folks on the Democrat reservation today.

Daniel K on January 18, 2012 at 8:49 am

This philandering plagiarist whose entourage were communists said: “If a city has a 30% Negro population, then it is logical to assume that Negroes should have at least 30% of the jobs in any particular company.”

So much for content of character; the man supported racial quotas.

Jack Wesolowski on January 18, 2012 at 9:42 am

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