Hack Wilson wrote:
As a great admirer of Dr. King’s, I was shocked when I read some of this:
Dr. King plagarized his doctoral dissertation, and cheated on his wife repeatedly. He may not have even been named Martin!
I would like to hunt down and see if he used to beat white prostitutes. I HAD read that he used to fuck white prostitutes while screaming: “I’m fucking for Jay-sus!!”. That was apparently on an FBI tape.
Anyone know the real deal and a good read?
Well, I don’t understand the need that some of the people on this board have to tear down important historical figures. Of course, I wouldn’t be saying this if I felt that you were asking your question in earnest. I don’t think you would be as graphic in your depictions of King’s behavior if you were - in fact - a great admirer of the man.
Instead of focusing on King’s behavior in the bedroom, focus on what he did and what his message was. I think it was a good message. I think his message did a lot to change this country. Sadly, I also think these changes would have been longer in coming had he not been murdered. I think that woke a lot of whites up. Made them see things a little differently.
Do I think that we should have enough intellectual curiosity to learn about and understand more about historical figures and what made them tick? Yes. Of course. Do I think that your post has more do with trying to invalidate the construction of a King Memorial on the Mall in D.C. and less with intellectual curiosity? Yeah.
I hate hypocrisy with a passion. When I read those things, I was genuinely shocked. That’s why I asked if anyone knew of a good read.
Hell, my favorite philosopher was quite hypocritical in personal life. That doesn’t lessen my admiration for the work.
Aren’t you disgusted though, if someone does great things or produces great works, then is a scum bucket in personal affairs?
Disgusted? I don’t know if that’s the word. Disappointed? Yeah. I’d be disgusted if MLK inspired folks to murder and mayhem as opposed to peaceful protest. I’d be disgusted if Linclon fought to preserve slavery forever instead of signing the Emancipation Proclaimation.
But I also take much of the stuff about these people’s personal lives with a grain of salt. It might make good reading but it’s also hard to say what’s true. Anyone can say anything about a historical figure. Claim whatever they like. I’ve read that Hitler was gay, Lincoln was gay, WASHINGTON? Gay. I’ve head Bill and Hilliary Clinton are mass-murderers and that George Bush is protecting Bin Laden. I’ve heard that MLK beat white whores and that Kennedy killed Marilyn Monroe. I doubt all that is true.