All kinds of people want to bend Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy to fit their own agenda. Here’s the actual truth.
Lie #2: He Was Conservative
A similar lie! MLK was very much in favor of “affirmative action,” birth control (he never said anything publicly about abortion), and was VERY anti-war and anti-capitalism. Conservatives even called him a communist (also not true)!
He had lots of criticism for liberals, though, too.
Lie #3: He Was A Saint Who Did No Wrong
While MLK was an incredible human whose work forever changed America and our lives, he also wasn’t perfect. His organization, the SCLC, was known for being sexist, and he cheated on his wife multiple times.
Lie #4: He Was Definitely Assassinated By James Earl Ray
However, the FBI did harass, intimidate, and threaten King throughout his life, even encouraging him to commit suicide! The truth is we just don’t know, and likely never will.