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American Renaissance January 2009. The Unknown Martin Luther King, Jr.; The Human Animal; O Tempora, O Mores!; Letters
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American Renaissance - 1 - January 2009
The Unknown Martin Luther King, Jr.
Vol. 20 No. 1
There is not a truth existing which I fear or would wish unknown to the whole world.
Thomas Jefferson
January 2009
American Renaissance
King was hardly the great-est American.
by Benjamin J. Ryan
F
orty years after his death, thepopularity of Martin Luther Kingremains extraordinary. He is per-haps the single most praised person inAmerican history, and millions adorehim as a hero and almost a saint. Thefederal government has made spaceavailable on the Mall in Washingtonfor a national monument for King, notfar from Lincoln’s. Only four men inAmerican history have national monu-ments: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln,Franklin Roosevelt; and now King will
make ve.
King is the only American who en- joys the nation’s highest honor of hav-ing a national holiday on his birthday.There are other days of remembrancesuch as Presidents’ Day, but no oneelse but Jesus Christ is recognized witha similar holiday. Does King deservesuch honors? Much that has been knownto scholars for years—but largely un-known to most Americans—suggestsotherwise.
Plagiarism
As a young man, King started plagia-rizing the work of other and he contin-ued this practice throughout his career.At Crozer Theological Seminaryin Chester, Pennsylvania, where hereceived a bachelor of divinity degreein 1951, many of his papers containedmaterial lifted verbatim and withoutacknowledgement from publishedsources. An extensive project started atStanford University in 1984 to publishall of King’s papers tracked down theoriginal sources for these early papersand concluded that his academic writ-
ings are “tragically awed by numerous
instances of plagiarism.” Journalist The-odore Pappas, who has also reviewedthe collection, found one paper showing“verbatim theft” in 20 of a total of 24paragraphs. He writes:“King’s plagiarisms are easy to detectbecause their style rises above the levelof his pedestrian student prose. In gen-eral, if the sentences are eloquent, witty,insightful, or pithy, or contain allusions,analogies, metaphors, or similes, it issafe to assume that the section has beenpurloined.”King also plagiarized himself, recy-cling old term papers as new ones. Someof his professors complained about slop-py references, but they seem to have hadno idea how extensively he was stealingmaterial, and his habits were well estab-lished by the time he entered the PhDprogram at Boston University. Kingplagiarized one-third of his 343-pagedissertation, the book-length projectrequired to earn a PhD, leading some tosay he should be stripped of his doctoraldegree. Mr. Pappas explains that King’splagiarism was a lifelong habit:“King’s Nobel Prize Lecture wasplagiarized extensively from works byFlorida minister J. Wallace Hamilton;the sections on Gandhi and nonvio-lence in his ‘Pilgrimage’ speech weretaken virtually verbatim from HarrisWofford’s speech on the same topic;the frequently replayed climax to the‘I Have a Dream’ speech—the ‘fromevery mountainside, let freedom ring’portion—came from a 1952 address tothe Republican National Convention bya black preacher named Archibald Car-ey; and the 1968 sermon in which Kingprophesied his martyrdom was basedon works by J. Wallace Hamilton andMethodist minister Harold Bosley.”Perhaps King had no choice but touse the words of others. Mr. Pappashas found that on the Graduate RecordExam, King “scored in the second-low-est quartile in English and vocabulary,
Continued on page 3
No one else but JesusChrist has a national holi-day on his birthday.
Martin Luther King, Jr. with his wife Coretta.
 
American Renaissance - 2 - January 2009
 Letters from Readers
Sir — The December issue printedthree thought-provoking articles onthe presidential election. They do not,however, mention the crucial role le-galized abortion has played in slowingthe growth of the non-white populationof the United States and the world. Mr.Smith commends Gov. Palin for “hermuscular evangelical faith,” which ismanifested,
inter alia
, in her refusal toabort her Down-Syndrome child andher daughter’s refusal to abort her ille-gitimate child. He quotes with approvalPat Buchanan’s observation that Mrs.Palin’s power base is among “lifers,evangelicals. . . .”But black and Hispanic Americanwomen have abortions at five timesand three times the rate, respectively,of white American women. Fully 43percent of black American pregnan-cies end in abortion. The availability of abortion is undoubtedly the main (andmaybe the only) reason why the fertilityrate of black American women betweenthe ages of 15 and 44 declined between1980 and 2005 from 91 to 67 births per1,000 women while the fertility rate of white American women declined dur-ing the same period only from 62 to 58births per 1,000 women. The availabilityof abortion is also the main reason whythe fertility rate of Puerto Rican womenis now lower (1.83) than that of whiteAmerican women (1.86).Indeed, John Donohue and StevenLevitt have argued in a series of per-suasive articles that the availabilityof abortion “and the resulting radicaldecline in the birth rate of poor, unmar-ried, teenage girls” has been a crucialfactor in the decline in the Americancrime rate over the past several decades.Palin-supporting Republicans wantto criminalize abortion. Their hold onthe Republican Party is so strong thatwhen socially liberal Rudolph Giulianientered the race for the Republicannomination, he felt compelled to saythat he supported the Hyde Amend-ment, which prohibits Medicaid fromfunding abortions for women who aretoo poor to afford them. I have qualmsabout government-enforced eugenics,but it is obscene for the government toforce black and Hispanic women to havechildren they do not want.Palin-supporting Republicans alsoinsist that abstinence should be thepreferred means of birth control in theUnited States and the rest of the world.In view of the inability of most blacks tothink in terms of long-term consequenc-es, abstinence as a means of limiting thepopulation growth of Africa is no morethan a bad joke.Professor Steven Farron, Johannes-burg, South AfricaSir — Kudos for Jared Taylor’s criti-cism of Reilly Smith’s enthusiasm overSarah Palin. I voted for John McCainwith gritted teeth, but I tried for twomonths to get the party to dump Gov.Palin from the ticket.Sarah Palin is lovely and appar-ently a good mother, but it is astonish-ing that “conservative” Republicanshave attempted to transform her intoa great leader before she’s done anyactual leading. They’ve been duped byher siren song of “pro-life,” “family,”“small-town values” into thinking thatthese mere slogans will somehow makeher a great “conservative” president. Ihope Mr. Smith will come to realizehe’s been gulled—like almost all of thepolitical class—into thinking womenare no different from men. It’s all aboutgetting women’s votes, and hardly anyso-called conservatives had the guts topoint that out.Mr. Smith needs to ask himself thisquestion: Why was Sarah Palin a betterchoice than a good conservative man?W. Edward Chynoweth, Sanger, Calif.Sir — Congratulations to GregoryHood for his very perceptive Decemberarticle about the false appeal of RonPaul. Your readers may be interested toknow that in his most recent “StraightTalk,” Dr. Paul wrote the following:“I congratulate our first African-American president-elect. Martin LutherKing, Jr. certainly would be proud to seethis day. We are stronger for embracingdiversity, and I am hopeful that we cancontinue working through the tensionsand wrongs of the past and become amore just and colorblind society. . . . Afree society emphasizes the importanceof individuals, and not because they arepart of a certain group. That’s the onlyway equal justice can be achieved.”Peter Curtis, Reading, Penn.Sir — Thank you for your marvelouscoverage of the Austrian elections inyour November issue. I do not believesuch a careful and complete analysiscould be found in any other publicationin the English language.Harper McAlister, Montreal, CanadaSir — European nationalists gener-ally have an unfavorable view of the
United States, and it isn’t hard to gure
out why. Your article on Austria in theDecember issue lists a number of thingsthe nationalists are against: NATOmembership; Turkish membership inthe EU, the EU itself, and Muslim im-migration. The US government supportsevery single one, especially Turkishmembership in the Union, which it seesas some sort of ridiculous fantasy of Western-Muslim reconciliation. If Aus-tria or any European country ever daredcut off Muslim or non-white immigra-
tion, the US would be the rst to impose
economic sanctions. Our government isno more a friend to the native peoplesof Europe than it is to the whites of theUnited States.Jim Marshall, Orlando, Fla.
 
American Renaissance - 3 - January 2009in the lowest ten percent in quantitativeanalysis, and in the lowest third on hisadvanced test in philosophy.”
Adultery
 King lived a double life. During theday, he would speak to large crowds,quoting Scripture and invoking God’swill, and at night he frequently had sexwith women from the audience. “King’shabits of sexual adventure had been wellestablished by the time he was married,”says Michael Eric Dyson of George-town University, a King admirer. Henotes that King often “told lewd jokes,”“shared women with friends,” and was“sexually reckless.” According to Kingbiographer Taylor Branch, during a longparty on the night of January 6 and 7,1964, an FBI bugging device recordedKing’s “distinctive voice ring out aboveothers with pulsating abandon, saying,‘I’m f***ing for God!’”Sex with single and married womencontinued after King married, and onthe night before his death, King had two
adulterous trysts. His rst rendezvous
was at a woman’s house, the second ina hotel room. The source for this washis best friend and second-in-command,Ralph Abernathy, who noted that thesecond woman was “a member of theKentucky legislature,” now known tobe Georgia Davis Powers.Abernathy went on tosay that a third woman wasalso looking for King thatsame night, but found his bedempty. She knew his habitsand was angry when theymet later that morning. Inresponse, writes Abernathy,King “lost his temper” and“knocked her across the bed.
. . . She leapt up to ght back,
and for a moment they were
engaged in a full-blown ght,
with [King] clearly winning.”A few hours later, King atelunch with Abernathy anddiscussed the importance of nonviolence for their move-ment.To other colleagues, King
 justied his adultery this way:
“I’m away from home twenty-five to twenty-seven days a month.F***ing’s a form of anxiety reduction.”King had many one-night stands but alsogrew close to one of his girlfriends in arelationship that became, according toPulitzer Prize-winning biographer Da-vid Garrow, “the emotional centerpieceof King’s life.” Still, sex with otherwomen remained “a commonplace of King’s travels.”In private, King could be extremelycrude. On one FBI recording, King saidto Abernathy in what was no doubt ateasing remark, “Come on over here,you big black motherf***er, and letme suck your d**k.” FBI sources toldTaylor Branch about a surveillance tapeof King watching a televised rerun of the Kennedy funeral. When he saw thefamous moment when Jacqueline Ken-nedy knelt with her children before her
dead husband’s cofn, King reportedly
sneered, “Look at her. Sucking him off one last time.”Despite his obsession with sex and hisbetrayal of his own wife and children,
and despite Christianity’s call for del
-ity, King continued to claim the moralauthority of a Baptist minister.
Whites
 King stated that the “vast major-ity of white Americans are racist” andthat they refused to share power. Hissolution was to redistribute wealth andpower through reparations for slaveryand racial quotas:“No amount of gold could providean adequate compensation for the ex-ploitation and humiliation of the Negroin America down through the centuries.
Not all the wealth of this afuent society
could meet the bill. Yet a price can beplaced on unpaid wages. . . . The pay-ment should be in the form of a massiveprogram by the government of special,compensatory measures which couldbe regarded as a settlement.” Contin-
ued King, “Moral justication for such
measures for Negroes is rooted in therobberies inherent in the institution of slavery.” He named his plan the Bill
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Georgia Powers, one of King’s lovers.King with his best friend, Ralph Abernathy.

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