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Charlie Kirk's Dastardly Attack on Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Charlie Kirk, speaking before students and teachers at AmericaFest, a political convention organized by Turning Point, insisted, "MLK [Martin Luther King Jr.] was awful. He's not a good person. He said one good thing he actually didn't believe."

Mr. Kirk has never risked that last full measure of devotion for any principle higher than himself. He epitomizes cynical opportunism on steroids.

Has he ever read Gunnar Myrdal's "An American Dilemma," Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man" or "Black Like Me" by John Howard Griffin?

The 1960s ushered in three landmark federal civil rights statutes, not simply one as he insinuates: the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which ended a century of unconstitutional black disenfranchisement by white racists, and the 1968 Fair Housing Act, which prohibited the real estate advertisements, "No blacks need apply."

Mr. Kirk apparently yearns for the day to return to segregated education, racist grandfather clauses for voting, and Satchel Paige pitching exclusively in Negro Leagues baseball.

Does Mr. Kirk know anything of marquee figures in black history: Crispus Attucks, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver, W.E.B. Du Bois, William Monroe Trotter, Paul Robeson, Marian Anderson, James Baldwin, Ralph Bunche, Charles Hamilton Houston, Rosa Parks, James Meredith, Medgar Evers, William Coleman and Edward Brooke, among others?


Has Mr. Kirk denounced D.W. Griffith's racist film "Birth of a Nation," which premiered at President Woodrow Wilson's White House?

Has Mr. Kirk assailed the United States for conscripting black soldiers in World War I and World War II to fight in segregated units?

Has Mr. Kirk criticized the separate-but-equal racism of Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) or the declaration of Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney in Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857) that blacks have no rights that whites are bound to respect?

What has Mr. Kirk said about the thousands of black lynchings with impunity during a century of Jim Crow? What has he said about the Scottsboro Boys? What has he said about Alabama Gov. George Corley Wallace's saying, "In the name of the greatest people that have ever trod this earth, I draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before the feet of tyranny, and I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever."


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