Today the USA will grind to a halt and the MSM will descend into frenzied adulation of the country’s secular saint the ‘Reverend’ Martin Luther King.. The only American in history to be given his own National Day. No, not George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Dwight Eisenhower - nobody but MLK.
A few facts to consider before you don your ‘Go Martin, Go’ tee-shirt.
Martin Luther King’s name is actually the far more prosaic Michael. It says so on his birth certificate. But you gotta admit, Martin Luther’s got a much better ring than plain old Michael King.
He plagiarised all his good stuff, including his ‘doctoral’ thesis and much of his "I Have a Dream" speech. The Journal of American History said that "plagiarism was a general pattern evident in nearly all of his academic writings". It’s standard practice to withdraw an award when plagiarism is discovered. I've done it myself in one case and the system would collapse without it. Yet when Boston University was forced to recognise King’s blatant plagiarism in his doctoral thesis they declined to take the appropriate action (an action that would have been taken against anyone else) and let the award stand.
On his celebrated commitment to non-violence, many intercepts by the FBI, and recollections by former associates, show that his was ‘tactical’ (his words) rather than principled, given that direct violence was likely to be counterproductive.
One of King’s best regarded – and of course highly plagiarised – essays is “The Place of Reason and Experience in Finding God.” I'm not too sure where he eventually found him, but it was unlikely to have been during his frequent sexual orgies with white prostitutes. His long-time collaborator and friend the ‘Reverend’ Ralph Abernethy, wrote that King would often use church donations to have drunken sex parties, where he would hire two to three white prostitutes, occasionally beating them brutally. These were not aberrations but were the norm for King’s speaking and organising tours. J Edgar Hoover had the FBI tape such trysts but the files have been sealed by a Federal judge until 2017.
I wonder why?
The FBI’s William Sullivan, a liberal, was initially very favourably disposed towards King. But long after his retirement described him as ‘a moral degenerate’.
In conclusion, a little levity to cheer you up.
Now put away that tee-shirt.