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MLK Niece Attacked For Conservative Ties

Simon Legree had nothing on the Democrats when it comes to keeping people on the plantation.

From the Boston Herald:

Alveda King with arch fiend RNC head Ken Mehlman.

King’s kin upset at niece’s right-wing link

By Kimberly Atkins

Sunday, January 15, 2006

As local clergy prepared to celebrate the legacy of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. this weekend, some expressed dismay over the unlikely alliance between a King niece and a right-wing group.

Last Sunday, the slain civil-rights leader’s niece Alveda King joined Jerry Falwell, Toney Perkins of the Family Research Council and other staunch conservatives at a Philadelphia rally in support of Supreme Court Nominee Judge Samuel Alito. Perkins is best known for having once paid former Ku Klux Klan head David Duke for his mailing list.

Democrats had been sharply critical of Alito’s record on voting rights and his membership in a Princeton group that allegedly sought to curb the numbers of women and minorities at the school.

Alveda King spoke at the Philadelphia event, dubbed “Justice Sunday” and simulcast on radio,television and the Internet, and even led the group in a rendition of “We Shall Overcome.”

“It’s a surprise to hear that his niece would do something like that,” said the Rev. Gregory G. Groover, pastor of the Charles Street African Methodist Episcopal Church in Roxbury.

It’s hardly the first time a civil-rights activist unexpectedly crossed political lines, Groover said, citing by example the Rev. Ralph Abernathy, who helped King organize the Montgomery bus boycott.

“Abernathy endorsed Reagan against Jimmy Carter” in the 1980 presidential race, Groover recalled.

But another local pastor said he was dismayed that conservative religious leaders would try to co-opt Dr. King’s name and signature gospel song.

“I’m concerned about the so-called right wing Christian conservatives who only rally black people when it is to their advantage but don’t stand with black people when they are hurting,” said the Rev. William Dickerson of the Greater Love Tabernacle Church in Dorchester.

But as they prepared to remember the Rev. King in ceremonies this morning, these pastors said the conservative rally, the television images after Hurricane Katrina, are but two reminders that King’s dream is far from realized.

“It’s a blatant reminder that we are nowhere close to where we ought to be in the 21st century,” Groover said. “The land of the free is still by far just a dream.”

Funny, the former Ku Klux Klan head David Duke is a huge fan of Mother Sheehan and her "freedom fighters." Yet you never see that mentioned by our one party media.

Lest we forget, the KKK was a terrorist group formed by the Democrat Party in the post-war South to attack Republicans and anybody who dared to vote for them. A fact even PBS grudgingly acknowledges:

The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow – Ku Klux Klan | PBS

Dressed in robes and sheets, intended to prevent identification by the occupying federal troops (and supposedly designed to frighten blacks), the Klan quickly became a terrorist organization in service of the Democratic Party and white supremacy. Between 1869 and 1871 its goal was to destroy Congressional Reconstruction by murdering blacks — and some whites — who were either active in Republican politics or educating black children.

Of course the Reverend Groover is inadvertently right. The concept of freedom is still a dream for some.

And the Democrats are determined to keep it that way.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Sunday, January 15th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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