As we pay tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., it is necessary to distinguish between his true beliefs and the distorted exploitations of demagogues and poverty profiteers.
Dr. King would be terribly disheartened to see decades of anti-Semitism preached by African-American leaders who sell themselves as Dr. King’s heir to the civil rights movement. He’d be particularly ashamed of how Black Lives Matter and its offshoots have resorted to vilifying Israel and even partnering with terrorists.
History clearly shows that those white Americans that stood by Dr. King in the 1950s and 1960s were the Jews. From activism to financial support, American Jewry was there to support the African-Americans. And just as Dr. King preached equality and justice for African-Americans, he was equally supportive of the idea of a Jewish homeland. In other words, Dr. King was a Zionist.
“The whole world must see that Israel must exist and has a right to exist, and is one of the great outposts of democracy in the world,” said Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during a 1967 interview.
As far back as 1968, Dr. King warned of the hatred behind using “Zionism” as code for “Jews.” In the December 1969 issue of Encounter magazine, political sociologist Seymour Martin Lipset wrote about a Cambridge dinner he attended with Dr. King:
“One of the young men present happened to make some remark against the Zionists. Dr. King snapped at him and said, ‘Don’t talk like that! When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews. You’re talking ‘anti-Semitism!’”
“Martin… warned repeatedly that anti-Semitism would soon be disguised as anti-Zionism,” noted Clarence B. Jones, Dr. King’s personal attorney and close adviser. Aside from disgracing his memory, BLM misappropriates the legacy of Dr. King.