Martin Luther King Jr. was a very prominent civil rights leader and one of the greatest people to come out of the twentieth century. He was a deeply religious man who preached love and forgiveness above all, even in the midst of extreme racial tension in 1960’s Alabama. His ideals have rightfully made him a hero among white people and black people alike.
One of these people who claims to admire him is President Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States as well as the first black president. His admiration for Martin Luther King Jr. is not subtle. He consistently brings up the civil rights hero in his speeches and even took the oath of office on a bible belonging to him.
But despite Obama’s supposed admiration for Martin Luther King Jr, some of his policies as well as some of the people he has decided to surround himself with run contrary to King’s overall message of peace and love. When Obama first took office, he appointed Eric Holder as his attorney general. Holder refused to launch an investigation into the New Black Panther Party’s intimidation of white voters on election day in 2008, saying such an investigation would demean “his people.” King was an active opponent of the old Black Panther Party and the idea of “Black Power,” as the movement condoned violence and separatism.
While King wanted black people and white people to unite and become a multiracial society, the Black Panther Party supported separating completely from white people and waging war on them. The New Black Panther Party shares similar goals, even being listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
The party’s leader, Malik Zulu Shabazz is blatantly racist and anti-Semitic, having said “Kill every g*d**mn Zionist in Israel! G*d**mn little babies, g*d**mn old ladies! Blow up Zionist supermarkets!” in 2002.
In a 2009 National Geographic documentary, another high-ranking leader in Philadelphia said, “You want freedom? You going to have to kill some crackers! You going to have to kill some of their babies!”
But let’s give President Obama the benefit of the doubt and say that he did not know of Eric Holder’s involvement with, or at least sympathy toward the New Black Panther Party. Obama also appointed Al Sharpton, a man who is known to refer to white people as “crackers” as his authority on race relations.
Sharpton has a long history of racist and anti-Semitic comments, even going so far as to incite violence at his rallies. For example, Sharpton said in 1991 “if the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house,” after which, some members of his protest group stabbed a Jewish man to death. In 1995, when protestors set fire to a Jewish-owned business, killing seven people, Sharpton denied involvement until recordings of racist rants from his radio show that are believed to be the perpetrators’ motivation for the crime were released.
Sharpton even defended the actions of four black men who raped a Haitian woman and forced her to have sex with her 12-year-old son in 2007, citing racism as a mitigating factor to their heinous crime. To reiterate, this is the man Obama appointed to be his unofficial authority on race relations.
Even though President Obama claims to revere Martin Luther King Jr, he has chosen to surround himself with racists and black nationalists throughout his Presidency and side with black separatist causes. King, a civil rights hero and advocate for peace between white people and black people, would be disgusted with Obama’s divisiveness and affiliation with black supremacists, as the people Obama surrounds himself with believe in the principles Martin Luther King Jr. fought against.