Over the years conservative blogs have wrongfully claimed that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Republican. No he was not. He was not a Democrat either,he was a partisan and said, “I don’t think the Republican party is a party full of the almighty God nor is the Democratic party. They both have weaknesses, and I’m not inextricably bound to either party.”
In fact, Dr, King had the following to say about the 1964 Republican National Convention:
The Republican Party geared its appeal and program to racism, reaction, and extremism. All people of goodwill viewed with alarm and concern the frenzied wedding at the Cow Palace of the KKK with the radical right. The “best man” at this ceremony was a senator whose voting record, philosophy, and program were anathema to all the hard-won achievements of the past decade.
Senator Goldwater had neither the concern nor the comprehension necessary to grapple with this problem of poverty in the fashion that the historical moment dictated. On the urgent issue of civil rights, Senator Goldwater represented a philosophy that was morally indefensible and socially suicidal. While not himself a racist, Mr. Goldwater articulated a philosophy which gave aid and comfort to the racist. His candidacy and philosophy would serve as an umbrella under which extremists of all stripes would stand. In the light of these facts and because of my love for America, I had no alternative but to urge every Negro and white person of goodwill to vote against Mr. Goldwater and to withdraw support from any Republican candidate that did not publicly disassociate himself from Senator Goldwater and his philosophy.
It is no wonder Blacks have thrown tremendous support to the Democratic party, because while both parties have their weaknesses, it is fair to say the Democratic party is far less evil. If you check the Republican’s track record it has been very anti-Black.
What is interesting is that a lot of the Southern States that are now considered Republican States were once Democratic states, but started making a shift toward the GOP during the civil rights era. So right there we can gather that for the most part the Democratic Party has not been as anti civil rights as the Republican Party has been.
To prove this point just look at the Republican’s party treatment of Black people in and outside of America, specifically Nelson Mandela and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. When a bill was introduced to honor Dr. King, 18 republicans and 4 democrats voted against the bill. So the number of republicans with a vested interest in not seeing the King of peace honored was four times that of the number of democrats.
We all know the Nelson Mandela from prison to president story. In 1986, 146 Republicans including Dick Cheney voted against a resolution to release Mandela from prison, on the other hand, only 31 democrats voted against the resolution. Again the number of republicans not interested in justice for a great Black Man was four times that of the number of democrats.
With all the above it is obvious why Martin Luther King Jr. would not have been a Republican. It is also obvious why over 90% of Blacks do not support Republicans.