With his, and his thugs, history of violence, that would seem appropriate. His message was peace but his actions were far from it.
Dude! They were black men in the south in the 40's and 50's. They probably all experienced more than their fair share of being beaten by white men! Let them have a chip on their shoulders for Pete's sake!
An elderly black gent from the Bahamas told me of his admiration for MLK. "He was a great man," he said, and went on to explain, "He wasn't just for one or the other, but for everybody." I agreed with him! These polarizing black "leaders" nowadays, especially those who call themselves Christian, are a far cry from the reverend we honor today.
And I don't for a minute believe he had a gang of thugs; not someone who based his whole Civil Rights platform on the example of peace-loving Mahatma Gandhi!
Flashback, you couldn't be more off base. I lived through it. I saw the segregated south. I had friends who feared for their lives. They were white and it wasn't black violence they feared. It was white police officers, who by today's standards were more a mob than professional law enforcement officers. The changes in 50 years are truly amazing and MLK was responsible for much of them.
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