It’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, So Get Ready for Republicans to Claim MLK Would be on Their Side

mlk-republicanI always love how any time some famous civil rights leader is honored, like we do today with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Republicans fall all over themselves trying to proclaim that they’re a party which staunchly supports civil rights both now and historically.

A claim which, of course, is ludicrous.

Just because long ago most southerners were Democrats (back when many Democrats were racists) doesn’t suddenly mean that Republicans were this party for civil rights and equality.  Especially when you factor in logic, reality and what’s commonly known as the “Southern Strategy.”

You know, when the Republican party recognized that African-Americans were voting for Democrats, so in a strategy to lure white voters to the GOP they used racism to drive white voters toward the Republican party.  Because “blacks are voting for Democrats and southern whites sure don’t want to vote for the party that black people vote for, right? Right?!

For a more thorough explanation, check out this article I wrote a while back on the topic.

And don’t even give me this nonsense about, “Well, we’re the party of Lincoln!”  Republicans were the party of Lincoln – but not anymore.  Hell, Republicans aren’t even the party of Eisenhower anymore.

But today will undoubtedly bring out Republicans claiming that they’re actually the party that’s fought for civil rights while Democrats are the racists.  They’ll say how much they respect and honor the memory of Dr. King – then try to claim that if he were alive, there’s no doubt that he would be a Republican.

Which is just laughable.  Why, because they assume he would be against abortion and same-sex marriage?

I know in their world that’s all that seems to matter, but for those who don’t live inside of a very narrow-minded box, life is about much more than those two issues.  I believe Dr. King might not approve of abortion, but I think he’d let each individual choose for themselves.  I also believe Dr. King would have evolved on the stance of gay marriage (as the majority of the country has) and embraced equality and civil rights for all Americans.

After all, in his “I Have a Dream” speech, he spoke about judging one another based on the content of one’s character.

But all Republicans do is judge people.  They judge the poor, the sick, those who don’t have a job, those who want to immigrate to this country, those of other religions or other nationalities – they basically judge anyone and everyone who isn’t a straight, white Christian.

I think back on the countless racist comments and messages I’ve seen about our president since Obama was elected in 2008, or the vile names I’ve heard him called living here in Texas, and just laugh at conservatives who honestly sit there and try to tell me that there isn’t rampant racism throughout the GOP.

Like I’ve said before, living in Texas I’ve heard Obama called derogatory terms for African-Americans far more often than I have “president” or even his own name.  So don’t sit there and tell me there isn’t rampant racism within the Republican party.  I see it all the time.

So when I see Republicans try to sit there and claim that a famed civil rights leader, and a minority, would be on their side?

I honestly just laugh.  But that’s what you’ll see all day today.  Republicans showing exactly how ridiculous they are by proving how little they understand history or their own reality.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Jim Bean

    MLK’s dream was for equality. The current day black community (and their Left wing battalion of apologists) is committed to preserving the perception of discrimination for as many centuries as possible because it has become such a cash cow. Actually achieving equality means ‘no more reason to be getting special treatment’. There’s certainly no incentive to achieve that. MLK would be disappointed.

    • Jim Haldeman

      down arrow and fuck you.

      • Pipercat

        It’s Ok, he has “black friends.”

    • Lucy Zkywalker

      It isn’t perception, there IS discrimination. Liberals don’t make up all the shootings of unarmed black kids. They don’t lie about how many black people are in prison compared to other races. Or fabricate stories of racist frat kids happily singing their frat song about “hanging n*****s from trees”. Thats all facts, videos, statistics. None of that is disputed as being real. And even supposing they did make that up, how on earth is it a cash cow? Liberals are liberals because they believe in equality for everyone, not because they want money.
      I can only guess by special treatment you mean affirmative action which really only removes the special treatment of white men when you think about it. I mean unless you consider being assumed a crimal and targeted by police because of the color of your skin as “special treatment”.

      MLK probably would be dissapointed at how long it is taking for racism to fade away. He asked for police brutality to stop a long time ago and when you read the DOJ ferguson report it spells it out pretty clearly that it’s far from gone.

  • Sandy Greer

    Let Repubs do what they do best; nobody does it better. And every time they DO…they lose a vote.

  • Michael Siever

    Remember when the NRA tried to hold “National Firearms Appreciation Day” on MLK Day last year in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, and a spokesperson for the NRA said that MLK, a figure who was gunned down, would have supported carrying firearms everywhere?

  • Dean Davidson

    Ok lets see if I have this correct; Dr.King was a Republican on some Right Wing message boards. While if you believe others Dr. King was a Communist/Socalist. So I guess that means all Republicans are Communists. That is if The GOTP follows logic.

  • Kyle Green

    I remember the time when being a democrat, wasn’t an embarrassment. Always vote for the party, never the person or the idea. It goes against their inferior programming…

  • Tacos Buenos

    “But all Republicans do is judge people. They judge the poor, the sick, those who don’t have a job, those who want to immigrate to this country, those of other religions or other nationalities – they basically judge anyone and everyone who isn’t a straight, white Christian.”

    All republicans judge people.
    =
    All blacks can’t swim.

    you have some prejudice issues, my friend.

  • Jay

    “I always love how any time some famous civil rights leader is honored, like we do today with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Republicans fall all over themselves trying to proclaim that they’re a party which staunchly supports civil rights both now and historically”
    – because Liberal liars like you are ALWAYS trying to rewrite history and claim the party of slavery and segregation (the Dem party) is the party of “progress.” BTW it was a Republican controlled Congress that passed the Civil Rights bill and put it on that racist LBJ’s desk. You know LBJ, the president who expanded the Vietnam War yet for some reason moron Libs like you called Repubs war mongers all through the 70s and 80s. hmmm curious. You are so full a crap and you know it, You scream your lies long enough and loud enough till the sheeple believe you. Know why MLK Jr was a Repub? Because the Dem party was the party of the KKK. Truth is always embarrassing for Libs which is why you always try to change it. But guess what we will always be hear to remind you of it.