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Monday, January 16, 2017

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr--On Donald Trump?

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave this quote, this warning, all those years ago about a Republican presidential candidate, Barry Goldwater. With the exception of the then-accepted word Negro and the fact that Dr. King said Goldwater wasn't a racist, it could very well have been said about then-candidate Donald Trump this year, in the just-finished presidential contest.

“The Republican Party geared its appeal and program to racism, reaction, and extremism...On the urgent issue of civil rights, Senator Goldwater represents a philosophy that is morally indefensible and socially suicidal. While not himself a racist, Mr. Goldwater articulates a philosophy which gives 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 have 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 does not publicly disassociate himself from Senator Goldwater and his philosophy.”


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