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The shame of Alveda King

Every famous family has a member or three who do things that leave you in "oh no (s)he didn't" disbelief. Usually it's the Jackson family (Michael, not Jesse). Hello? Rebbie? LaToya? Jermaine? But they're not in the cross hairs today. That honor goes to the King family (Rev. Dr. Martin, not Rodney). King’s niece, Alveda King, showed up at Glenn Beck’s “Restoring America” rally to frequently invoke the “I have a dream” speech that her “Uncle Martin” immortalized on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial 47 years earlier to the day.

The week leading up to the big rally, King had been flogging “Restoring America” as extension of her famous relative’s legacy. Look, it was one thing when Beck proclaimed that he was trying to reclaim the Civil Rights movement. But to be aided and abetted by a King relative, an anti-gay and pro-life one at that?

It is Alveda King’s right to do this. And I think she is dead wrong. I wasn’t alive on Aug. 29, 1963. But everything I’ve learned about the man who led the movement that made an appointment with destiny that day in Washington leads me to think that he wouldn’t appreciate a little-known relative claiming to speak for him while lending the (extended) family name and the credibility that accrues with it to a person who has so poisoned American political discourse of late.

The King children have been known to battle with each other and with other people over the monetary value of the words and image of their father. Dr. King’s legacy is precious. Alveda King on Saturday besmirched it.

By Jonathan Capehart  | August 30, 2010; 12:53 PM ET
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Ms King can believe what she wants. I have heard her speak many times and she is very articulate on the pro-life issues. Please notice the irony that the largest abortion provider in the country, Planned Parenthood, was founded by Margaret Sanger, whose racism was open. Also the irony that PP plants its "clinics" in minority areas, therby carrying out the genocide that Ms Sanger so ardently desired. And the final irony that some African-American leaders do not see this as an issue.

Posted by: slbecan | August 30, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Please -- "anti-choice" not "pro-life." Those of us who are pro-choice are also pro-life. It was sickening to see this woman and Glenn Beck and his minions in the same place that Dr. King stood (I was alive; it's a vivid memory), but Alveda King does not have the power to "besmirch" his legacy.

Posted by: loco71 | August 30, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Just say what you really mean. Civil rights and Dr. King are the EXCLUSIVE property of blacks. Ms King is a traitor and betrayed her own race.

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | August 30, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Do you think it was easy for her to stand in front of possibly hundreds of thousands of people, mostly white, and say "white privilege will become human privilege and that America will soon repent of the sin of racism and return itself to honor." My God the courage that took, she looked so scared, and what happened? She was cheered loudly.. what an awesome, beautiful soul she is. I have nothing but admiration for her.

Posted by: snidewoman | August 30, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I'm with you, Mr. Capeheart. I was shocked to learn that Dr. King's niece would be speaking at this event. Glenn Beck has done nothing but dishonor the legacy of Dr. King. First, he pretends he did not know that his rally was planned on the anniversary of Dr. King's speech. Then he goes on to claim that he would be fighting for civil rights. Beck's followers are not firehosed, beaten with clubs, attacked by dogs or arrested for their protests. These people aren't forced to ride in the back of the bus or drink at separate water fountains. Nothing that our moderate president has done can compare to the segregation and discrimination that African-Americans faced during Dr. King's era.

I'm ashamed that his niece participated in this event and hope that whatever she was paid was worth it.

Posted by: wmwilliams14 | August 30, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart, you are so jaded by your own bigotry and I blame "Racial" politics as espoused by the likes of Sharpton and Jackson. You need a double dose of Walter E. Williams to set you straight. Expand your knowledge, read his books and column!

Posted by: bigdog55 | August 30, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Really shame on you... go back and READ Dr. Kings "I have a dream" speech. Maybe you should stop relying on what you were "taught" and go seek some truth.

Posted by: snidewoman | August 30, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Just say what you really mean. Civil rights and Dr. King are the EXCLUSIVE property of blacks. Ms King is a traitor and betrayed her own race.

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | August 30, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse
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The civil rights that Dr. King fought for was for blacks. You can try and rewrite history all you want but that is a fact. I don't think Ms. King is a traitor, but I think her actions were inappropriate.

Posted by: wmwilliams14 | August 30, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Just say what you really mean. Civil rights and Dr. King are the EXCLUSIVE property of blacks. Ms King is a traitor and betrayed her own race.

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | August 30, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse
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The civil rights that Dr. King fought for was for blacks. You can try and rewrite history all you want but that is a fact. I don't think Ms. King is a traitor, but I think her actions were inappropriate.

Posted by: wmwilliams14 | August 30, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Quote from the speech, "I Have a Dream"
"And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when ALL of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:
Free at last! Free at last!"

Posted by: snidewoman | August 30, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

"Every famous family has a member or three who do things that leave you in "oh no (s)he didn't" disbelief."

No doubt. Billy Carter, Roger Clinton, Alveda King. The list goes on...

Posted by: js_edit | August 30, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

well, jonathan, that's YOUR opinion.

i'm shocked, because you've never come across as a racist to me until today. you stepped over the line with this one.

the reverend martin luther king stood for racial equality. i despise the mentality that worships glen beck or rush limbaugh, but i likewise despise the mentality that holds fast to the position that the white america is not allowed to reach out to black americans to find common ground.

shame on you. shame on all racists of all ethnic backgrounds.

Posted by: potomacfever00 | August 30, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Family, freedom, God and country . . that was the message of the rally . . no violence, just some voices about what is good about America. You have a problem with this message?

Posted by: sarno | August 30, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Capeheart--because the niece of MLK spoke of re-affirming the dream to a mixed race crowd (about 10% black my observation, that makes her a traitor!? WTF?

I'm living in Alice in Wonderland...

Posted by: edmondsonpr1 | August 30, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Black people are not allowed to have an opinion that is not approved by Liberals, don't you know.

Posted by: drjcarlucci | August 30, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Heaven help anyu Negro who doesn't follow the leftist line.

Posted by: ravitchn | August 30, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Go ahead and feel that way Capehart -- but it is becoming obvious to anyone with a thimble full of common sense that nobody want to play with you closed minded race obsessed fools anymore. How can you stand working with all those white folks at the WashPOS? You must work from home.

Posted by: BadNews | August 30, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Ms King is a virulent homophobe who I think has very little credibilty related to civil rights.

Posted by: claybrook1 | August 30, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Get to the back of the bus Alveda you Uncle Tom. This coming from hack writer benefiting from affirmative action at the Post I am sure.

Posted by: j751 | August 30, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Just shows how nepotism doesn't work. Just because someone may have a famous (and great) family member, doesn't mean it rubs off on the offspring. This woman always was wacky. Anytime I see African-American, pro-life and homophobic together I think of a real loser of a person (and someone who obviously didn't learn anything from their peoples' history). MLK would disown this woman.

Posted by: sachancp | August 30, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I had never heard of this Alveda King until Beck dug her out from under the "wood works".

It is quite disturbing to see people trying to ride on the coat tails of their highly successful and highly prominent family members and than try to claim they knew more about the person's political and religious beliefs than the person (MLK) knew himself.

What a low life, this Alveda King person is, whoever she is.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | August 30, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Capehart, so you disagree with Alveda King and set about shaming her? You are not a journalist. You are nothing more than a propagandistic hack who sacrificed your integrity a long time ago. You disgrace the journalists of old who went before you. You moan and groan about Alveda King because she doesn't tow the party line you think is right so you set about trying to belittle of her. You think you're better because The Post allows you to do it. Keep thinking you're superior! As you and your ilk attack people disagreeing with you, they grow stronger while you grow weaker. You and your "better than everyone else" mentality are precisely why the voters are going to kick the arrogant libs out of office in November!

Posted by: panamajack | August 30, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

From reading the majority of comments I doubt that many every read the entire speech or were lucky enough (as myself) to listen to him give it. He was a man that understood we are all in this together and until all realize that we are destine to suffer the curse of racism and hatred. Sad, very sad. Ms. King made the first step in the right direction:

"I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood."

She sat with the some that are sons of former slave owners. I saw no one else with such courage.

Posted by: staterighter | August 30, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Capehart,

Why don't you just go ahead and call her an Uncle Tom you disgusting little twit.

You are an amazingly disgusting individual.

Posted by: robtr | August 30, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

I don't know why she shamed her uncle's legacy, he was a Republican. My god, I didn't know you had to be a certain color to be in any political party; who made those rules?

Posted by: whineridentifier | August 30, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

By all contemporary standards, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was pro-life.

It's sad that most of the hateful people here invoke MLK without knowing this...

And you ppl wonder why the majority of main stream America has Zero faith in anything liberal?

Posted by: jandlynn | August 30, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

It is always amusing to watch a racist try to put the label or 'racism' on someone else. The label does not apply only to those who dislike those with a darker skin color. It should apply to those who dislike those with a lighter skin color as well. Apparently, if you are not in favor of the current policies of the administration, you are labeled 'racist'. Ms King only spoke of what every true American wants: equality for all and not preference for some. She can be proud of herself for standing up and saying what a lot of people like here are thinking and are afraid of saying because of the labels that will be applied to them. Good for her and she should have no shame for speaking out. Anyone who says she should be ashamed should truly examine his/her values.

Posted by: tenshi1 | August 30, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I watched her speaking on C-Span. I thought she was brave and honest.

f she is pro-life and anti-gay that's her right to have her opinion.

She needs no approval from you to validate her humanity.

Posted by: Silly_Willy_Bulldog | August 30, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

The shame goes to Capehart. How dare an african american stand with conservatives is really what he is saying. Reverse racism is alive and well.

Posted by: topgun97365 | August 30, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

HA HA. SHE HAS A RIGHT TO SPEAK WHEN SHE WANTS ON BEHALF OF WHAT SE WANTS. WHO ARE YOU TO MAKE A JUDGMENT? YOU LEFTIES WILL NEVER GET USED TO THE IDEA THAT THERE ARE AMERICANS WHO THINK THIS COUNTRY IS HEADING INTO THE LOO. WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO COME OUT OF THE HOLE BUT ONLY IF WE WORK TOGETHER. ARTICLE DOES NOTHING BUT DIVIDE.

Posted by: MALBENNET | August 30, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Of course the Beck crowd cheered when Alveda King prayed that the sin of racism will be ended. These people, almost exclusively white, parrot Beck’s truly bizarre assertion that President Obama is a “racist” (Beck has now recast what was patently stupid into something that is more amorphous, i.e. Obama advocates “liberation theology,” which Beck transmutes into theological socialism). Beck’s Through the Looking Glass rhetoric that his acolytes must “reclaim” the civil rights movement really is inventive, since it turns them into victims. Let me know when they find their Bull Connor, their Selma, their strange fruit.

Posted by: gratianus | August 30, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Just get it over with and call her an Uncle Tom you freaking loser. Capehart is complete ass.

Posted by: peterg73 | August 30, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

If you don't share Mr. Capeharts views you are viewed as out of step and you probably are, with Progressives. They are into, and he is too, group think...Because she is black, she has to fit into the mole that the MSM has assigned to you... Mr. Capehart gives her no credit for deciding who she is and how she feels..She is far more entitled to have her gives as stated at the Beck rally than you are as a man who was either not yet born or very young at best, when the Civil Rights issue was at the forefront in the early 60's. She was there, she lived it, she saw family members killed, she was in the midst of the horrible anti black sentiment of the times. You have no such experiences from which to draw and certainly you cannot put yourself in her shoes...You are an in the D.C. bubble, with all your elite pals in the media, all telling each other how great you are and the movement is while drinking your wine with you pinkie sticking out and sharing a canopy or two..Get over yourselves.. the movement of the elites has run its coarse and you all have become dated and outmoded, predictable and most of all, boring....

Posted by: james_m_reilly1 | August 30, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

"SHE HAS A RIGHT TO SPEAK WHEN SHE WANTS ON BEHALF OF WHAT SE WANTS."

"Se" does indeed. And Capehart said as much.

"WHO ARE YOU TO MAKE A JUDGMENT?"

I was just about about to ask you the same thing.

Enjoy your Summer of Hate™ while you can. Because the grownups will be back soon.

Posted by: mattintx | August 30, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

So Capehart, as far as I can tell is unrelated to to Dr. King, is admonishing an actual relative for her belief system. A belief system that does not match his, or his idea of what Dr. King WOULD think today. Soundss like what Dr. King was fighting against.

Posted by: jay441 | August 30, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

hey I'm as against Beck as the next Dem, but I think Capehart is over-reacting here. and trying to denigrate Alveda King because of her opinions and beliefs isn't fair. Especially when we all know that MLK was, like most civil rights leaders of the times, John Lewis another, a "social preacher", and anyone that knew about him, knew this. Alveda's views are quite different, but she is no less entitled to them. If she wants to make something of her famial connection to MLK, oh well, it's her conscience, not ours.

Posted by: katem1 | August 30, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

It must be tough being a black conservative.
Most blacks and liberals accuse them of something akin to treason.
White Conservatives are often astonished someone isn't calling them a racist for expressing conservative values.
We'd have greater racial hartmony, if there were more black conservatives who can help separate race from politics and economics.
Most white families have people with a wide range of political views. It either makes for interesting dinner conversation or people agree to avoid poltics if discussions get too heated. Apparently, the WashPost thinks the King family shouldn't enjoy the same rights other American families have.
Given the public abuse black conservatives suffer, I can't blame most black people for going along with the Liberal line.

Posted by: jfv123 | August 30, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

I was wondering how long it would take for the black bigot assassins to publicly attack a notable black who dares to stray from the racist group think of what passes for black thought. Capehart has dutifully fulfilled his role of useful tool in the service of these race-baiting charlatans. How dare someone actually have free, independent thoughts!

Posted by: jpost1 | August 30, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

I have been trying to check and as far as I can tell, MLK was pro-life himself and opposed abortion. (But he favored contraception which is why he received the Margaret Sanger award). Also he was Christian. If so (and who would know better than his own niece), Alveda King is completely justified in going to Beck's rally.

You may question her beliefs - maybe she should NOT be pro-life. But you cannot question the fact that being pro-life and being Christian, she found a commonality with Tea party people whose main difference from her was race.

As for "anti-choice" I have sympathy with those who think that people who are tolerant of war, and who hunt animals, should not call themselves pro-life. Perhaps so. But the term pro-life has been in use for a long time and carries fewer political overtones than the term "anti-choice".

It is the same with "Republican" and "extreme right winger". describing someone as Republican merely says which party she belongs to. Describing someone as "extreme right wing" says, "She is Republican and I don't like her." The last four words are not part of anyone's identity. They are just about you, the speaker.

One last point. It hardly makes sense for liberals to accuse the Tea party of being racist because they are mostly white, and then ATTACK any black person who joins the Tea party or even one of their rallies.

So make up your mind. Do you want black people in the Tea party or NOT? Or shall I tell you your position? You DON'T want black people in the Tea party and you want to use the absence of black people in the Tea party as an excuse to call the Tea party racist.

It is like a man who encourages his wife to have an affair with a friend of his, and then accuses her of adultery. Tricky Dick could not have done it better!

Posted by: rohit57 | August 30, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

It's a real shame that you have to use your bigoted column against someone who disagrees with your liberalized views. Ms. King has the right to express her opinions as a God fearing, intelligent woman. where ever she pleases without your disrespectful commentary.

Posted by: stansga | August 30, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Sir, You are misinformed. Alveda King is a hero. What a Godly person and a mensch at that! Martin Luther King said that his dream was for little white children and little black children one day to walk hand in hand. I don't know about the children on Saturday, but I do know that the adults black and white were hand in hand with each other. Alveda set the tone the week before the event and carried the day. We love you Alveda! God bless you!

Posted by: xcept4alltheothers | August 30, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Please -- "anti-choice" not "pro-life." Those of us who are pro-choice are also pro-life. It was sickening to see this woman and Glenn Beck and his minions in the same place that Dr. King stood (I was alive; it's a vivid memory), but Alveda King does not have the power to "besmirch" his legacy.
Posted by: loco71
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No, a pro-choice person could not be pro-life any more than Kissinger could be an angel of peace (albeit he received the Nobel prize for peace).

You may justly say that someone who is pro-war and hunts animals cannot be pro-life even if they oppose the killing of the unborn. I agree.

But if you DO support the killing of foetuses, then that automatically destroys your claim to be pro-life.

May I suggest that you be a FULLY pro-life person? Oppose war, and meat, and abortion!!

Posted by: rohit57 | August 30, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse


Sometimes a person's relatives just need attention, or cash - or are not too smart.

All are sad rather than shameful.

Posted by: practica1 | August 30, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

But everything I’ve learned about the man who led the movement that made an appointment with destiny that day in Washington leads me to think that he wouldn’t appreciate a little-known relative claiming to speak for him while lending the (extended) family name and the credibility that accrues with it to a person who has so poisoned American political discourse of late.
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But it is OK to ally it with a person who called New York Hymieville?

Posted by: jasonmason | August 30, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Shame on this article... I was there and it was a beautiful speech and event.

Maybe if Mr. Capehart was there to witness he'd be writing a differet article.

Posted by: seawolfR | August 30, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Shame on this article... I was there and it was a beautiful speech and event.

Maybe if Mr. Capehart was there to witness he'd be writing a differet article.

Posted by: seawolfR | August 30, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Since a lot of these posters wanted someone to say it, let me say it from every hood, every block where REAL BLACK PEOPLE live...UNCLE TOM, UNCLE TOM, UNCLE TOM. This lady is a disgrace and an ignorant fool. I too am pro life. I too voted against prop 8. There is no way on God's green earth that you can seperate the message from the man. To be associated with a person that is as hateful as Glenn Beck is a damn disgrace. That includes Albert Pujols and Tony La Russa.

The more and more I see, I'm beginning to agree with Governor Perry, I think we should reexamine this union. I think if the republicans want to live in their states and the democrats want to live in their states, so be it. SCREW RED AMERICA! That's what they saw to us every day. They call our President a Muslim. And if he was so what. What if the president was a Morman, or woman, or disabled? I really don't care but too many people in this country are too blinded by their hate. That's why I think it might be best if we split. We've all had relationships that haven't worked. It's time to move on and dissolve this union. What's the point. It's just hopeless. In November, the R's will win, but two years from now, the D's will win. That's just politics. And then when the D's win, The R's will complain about ACORN, the media, or some unforseen excuse as to why the R's were rejected. They then spend 4 more years talking about socialism, black liberation theology, etc. At some pt, the R's will win (this country is great because we have both)and when they do, guess what-it'll be payback time. It's a never ending cycle where nothing gets done and real people are affected. Thus it's important we pay our debts back to American government, destroy ss and medicare and let the R's live in the R's and let the D's live where the D's want too live. Then we can build that FENCE that all the R's to keep all the varmit, blood sucking D's out of their country. Look at it this way then YOU CAN HAVE YOUR COUNTRY BACK AND LIVE WITH PEOPLE WHO LOOK LIKE YOU, THINK LIKE YOU, WATCH FOX NEWS AND GO TO FREEDOM CONCERTS. Sounds like a plan to me-the onyl thing I ask is that you take that self loathing black woman named ALVEDA KING with you. She'd make the perfect Secretary of State, spreading misinformation all around the world-what A DAMN SELLOUT!

Posted by: nzeahanotu | August 30, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

That is a very racist rant!

Posted by: faudel | August 30, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Dr.King's son, Martin, spoke and sang at the rally outside the Tidal Basin where the MLK,Jr. Memorial will be built. Alveda King felt more comfortable with Mr. Beck. That is fine! Choice is choice!. Reverend Fauntroy was also at the Tidal Basin site. He helped organize the 1963 March which scared many whites in DC...there were 4,000 troops situated just outside the DC line and 15,000 paratroopers in N.Carolina on call. Just as today, white folks are frightened of black men...especially if the men appear to be strong and outspoken.It was a great day...the crowd was about 300,000 and folks were wearing their Sunday best! Later, at the White House, JFK was reported to have watched the entire speech and thought it was brillant! Mr. Beck ain't no MLK, maybe he can sing?

Posted by: judithclaire1939 | August 30, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Jonathan,
I agree with you.
When I first heard that she was scheduled to appear, I was surprised and disappointed.
There's always one rebel in every family and Alveda is the King family's stray.
I had 'em in my family.
They're the type that persist in picking at scabs.
The late Dr. King would doubtless have said if she insisted in going to Beck's rally, "Let her go."
Because he believed in the fact that, at the end, we must uphold the notion that we live in a free country.
But first, I have no doubt he would have made a very serious effort to explain to her the subtle, cynical nature of the Beck rally as an attempt to appropriate his legacy and turn it on its ear by people who would normally have been his movement's mortal enemies.
Look what character assassination they have attempted against Barack Obama.
The Beck forces would have poured out the same character assassination at Dr. King, had he been building his movement today.
Alveda never got the message.
She's a sad case.
Don't let the masterfully nasty critics on this comment thread get you down, Jonathan.
Just consider the source.
Their screen names are well known to those of us who read the Washington Post regularly.
After reading Frank Rich, Jane Mayer and Paul Krugman this weekend, I'm beginning to wonder if they are not getting paid to harrass us, they are so vicious.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | August 30, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone remember Billy Carter ???

Does anyone remember Roger Clinton ???

BTW: So much for her 1st Amendment Right to Freedom of Speech !!! Just as the Author has the right (???) to criticize her, she also has the RIGHT to express herself in HER forum of choice !!!

I do believe the Author may have a little racial bias lurking within himself somewhere !!! Racial Bias is NOT just a white thing, you know !!!

Posted by: thgirbla | August 30, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Alveda King called gay marriage "genocide". She obviously cares about civil rights.

Posted by: jake14 | August 30, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Most white families have people with a wide range of political views. It either makes for interesting dinner conversation or people agree to avoid poltics if discussions get too heated.
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And most Black Families are no different! We are NOT a monolith!

Posted by: Angryman | August 30, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

News to me that King was pro-choice and pro-gay. Those fbi tapes pretty clearly show that King was a man who measured men by the vigor of their sex life. He doesn't seem like the type of guy who would think much of homosexuals like Capehart.

Posted by: pcasey5580 | August 30, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart, do you think that the Washington Post gets a good deal for the money that they pay you to write this stuff? How long did it take you to write it? How much thought went in to it? Alveda King is a gracious, intelligent lady. She thinks and acts independently of the Left. Is that what bothers you?

Posted by: bobbo2 | August 30, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

“But everything I’ve learned about the man who led the movement that made an appointment with destiny that day in Washington leads me to think that he wouldn’t appreciate a little-known relative claiming to speak for him.”

Please tell us at what point in your research did you decide Dr. King would welcome a little-known columnist doing so?

Posted by: Bjartur | August 30, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

I truly feel sorry for Ms. King and her ingnorance and hate

Posted by: fairness3 | August 30, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

“But everything I’ve learned about the man who led the movement that made an appointment with destiny that day in Washington leads me to think that he wouldn’t appreciate a little-known relative claiming to speak for him.”

One wonders at what point in your research did you decide Dr. King would welcome a little-known columnist doing so?

Posted by: Bjartur | August 30, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

It appears as though your character analysis doesn't get much better than your writing skills. Dr. Alveda King's appearance at the Lincoln Memorial, which I witnessed first hand, goes to prove that people of all backgrounds and walks of life can come together, united by their strong convictions. As a person of faith, it was a powerful moment. You, sir, should be ashamed for trying to tear her down for doing just that.

Posted by: leewilliford | August 30, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

It is curious that the entire media portrayal of this event comes down to demonizing a smart, conservative, spiritual woman named "King" who clearly does not need anybody or anyone telling her what to thing or dream about her personal dreams for this nation and her political philosophy about this country. She has a brilliant mind and a clarity of thinking that deserves more that to compare her to the likes of dysfunctional people in in the Jackson family, or the bumbling, alcoholic brothers of presidents. This is a woman of stature, of grace, of intelligence and stamina. She has courage and committment to her values and dreams and she deserves better that to be disgraced by the Washington Post in an effort to denegrate the conservative movement. Please think better of your readers. We know better.

Posted by: slarsen1 | August 30, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Post traumatic derangement syndrome?

Posted by: MikeMcLamara | August 30, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

So, apparently she deserves condemnation just for being there??

I mean, what did she say that was so horrible to her uncle's legacy? I didn't even know she spoke there until I read this column...what did she say wrong?

Posted by: familynet | August 30, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

let it go, Dude...
there should be no race boxes on any federal forms,
content of their character...
character,
you are a race baiter..

Posted by: simonsays1 | August 30, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Well, first, if both Dr. King and Coretta King were alive, they probably wouldn't be welcome at either rally. Dr. King was anti-war, as evidenced by his best speech, "The Silence of Betrayal . . why I'm against the Vietnam War", etc. Glenn Beck's rally was actually a pro-war rally, cloaked with "support our troops" and much God talk. (Is God an American?) Yet, not one speaker at Rev. Al's rally spoke against the current U.S. war against Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen, all Muslim countries. Also, Dr. King publicly criticized Republicans and Democrats regarding the Vietnam War, yet Rev. Al and his crew refuse to publicly criticize Pres. Obama, even though Obama's polices regarding war, unions, health care, etc., are the same and sometimes worse than former prez Bush.

The rabidly homophobic Alveda King probably would not allow Aunt Coretta to attend because most of us know our beloved Coretta (and her daughter Yolanda) was outspoken in support of gay rights and same gender marriage.

Also, it is the height of hypocrisy to claim to support public schools and all that requires, yet you invite Sec. of Educ. Arne Duncan to speak, a man who does not have a Phd or EdD in education and has never been a school teacher. He supports charter schools and school vouchers and he is anti teachers' unions, as he is being sued by several teachers' unions across the country for unfair dismissals, etc. So really neither rally was all that progressive. I was also disappointed that Rev. Al's rally did not have more Latinos, Asians, Native Americans, Muslims, etc. Lastly, this rally and the rally on Oct. 2 is more about protecting Pres. Obama from the right wing folks and continuing to coral people to vote for the Democrats, the other pro-war party. :( :(

Posted by: 424me | August 30, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Just say what you really mean. Civil rights and Dr. King are the EXCLUSIVE property of blacks. Ms King is a traitor and betrayed her own race.

Posted by: kitchendragon50
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I've NEVER heard any Black person say Dr. King was "the EXCLUSIVE property of blacks".

That is not only silly, but stupid and goes against EVERYTHING the man stood for. He was not even the exclusive property of America - he was bigger than that. He was the world's property.

On another note - I remember a time when a racist didn't want to claim this man in the human race. What's the deal?

Posted by: question-guy | August 30, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

From reading the majority of comments I doubt that many every read the entire speech or were lucky enough (as myself) to listen to him give it. He was a man that understood we are all in this together and until all realize that we are destine to suffer the curse of racism and hatred. Sad, very sad. Ms. King made the first step in the right direction:

"I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood."

She sat with the some that are sons of former slave owners. I saw no one else with such courage.


Posted by: staterighter
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King was longing for the day when the son of a former slave would be allowed, let alone welcome, to sit with the son of a former slave owner, not calling on blacks to have the courage to sit with welcoming whites. grow up.

Posted by: JoeT1 | August 30, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

From reading the majority of comments I doubt that many every read the entire speech or were lucky enough (as myself) to listen to him give it. He was a man that understood we are all in this together and until all realize that we are destine to suffer the curse of racism and hatred. Sad, very sad. Ms. King made the first step in the right direction:

"I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood."

She sat with the some that are sons of former slave owners. I saw no one else with such courage.


Posted by: staterighter
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and are you suggesting it takes "courage" for a black to show up at a white rally? why would that be?

Posted by: JoeT1 | August 30, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart has just penned that he is a racist.

...at least we have it in writing now.

Posted by: seawolfR | August 30, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

MLK Jr. would not be using race to get rich. That's the difference between him and every one of these so-called leaders-- Jackson, Sharpton, et al.

Posted by: hz9604 | August 30, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

"Those of us who are pro-choice are also pro-life."

Sorry Loco71...these are mutually exclusive. You're just waffling. Pick one.

Posted by: PanhandleWilly | August 30, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

"The civil rights that Dr. King fought for was for blacks."

Sorry wmwilliams14...you need to go back and reread Dr. King's speech.

Posted by: PanhandleWilly | August 30, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Because of people like Capehart we have people like Beck. By the way, if you are Pro-choice then I am Pro-life but if you call me Anti-choice then I will call you Anti-life. You decide which way you prefer. Either way is fine with me.

PJM

Posted by: foffe1 | August 30, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

There is no hate like leftist hate

Continue on, maggots

Posted by: ArlingtonHokie | August 30, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Funny how this writer says nothing about what she said at Beck's event - just attacks her personally, as has been done to Beck. It would be nice to see some real journalism -- as in coverage of the real message and purpose of King and Beck -- but no, expect more cheap personal attacks like this. No wonder no one buys the W. Post anymore.

Posted by: mcurry1 | August 30, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't REV. King (both Sr. and Jr.) pro-life and anti-gay marriage?

Posted by: JakeD2 | August 30, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

slbecan

I thought the article was about Ms. King not the founder of Planned parenthood and blacks. And why is PP just for blacks? White people dont use PP? Anyway can you stay focused or are you that desperate to disagree with the author?

wmwilliams14
Everything done by blacks isn't exclusively for blacks. I know its a hard thing to grasp if you are white because segregation was a big part of your legacy in this country. But a black man can actually represent whites, Indians, women, and other minorities and still represent himself. Its not either or.

Posted by: ged0386 | August 30, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

miss king joined the Mormon's by appearing with Mr. Beck. I hope she remembers that until recently, the Mormons thought of Africans are subhuman.
Who knows...Beck may still believe that yet he keeps it under wrap!!
Mr. Beck is making hay out of the King family....or may be making hay for the likes of Miss King.

Posted by: wrock76taolcom | August 30, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

miss king joined the Mormon's by appearing with Mr. Beck. I hope she remembers that until recently, the Mormons thought of Africans are subhuman.
Who knows...Beck may still believe that yet he keeps it under wrap!!
Mr. Beck is making hay out of the King family....or may be making hay for the likes of Miss King.

Posted by: wrock76taolcom | August 30, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

There is no hate like leftist hate

Continue on, maggots

Posted by: ArlingtonHokie

Your entire post is a contradictions. You talk about leftist hate then call them names. How does that make you any different than the people you talk about? Oh thats right, what am I thinking, its a web blog, you dont have to make any sense just post what you like, no one knows who you are so it does not matter how stupid you sound. Whoohooo!!!

Posted by: ged0386 | August 30, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Miss king joined the Mormon's by appearing with Mr. Beck and defending his hate speech. I hope Miss King remembers that until recently, the Mormons thought of Africans are subhuman.
Who knows...Beck may still believe that yet he keeps it under wrap!!
Mr. Beck is making hay out of the King family....or may be he is making hay of Dr. King's legacy for the likes of Miss King.

Posted by: wrock76taolcom | August 30, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Can't have them uppity Negroes wandering off the lib plantation, now can we Capehart?

Posted by: luca_20009 | August 30, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of rascist drivel.

Posted by: dAK8859 | August 30, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Capehart-
You, sir, spew hatred and come across as a racist.
Did you listen to her speach? Did you listen to Beck?

Posted by: scmonty1 | August 30, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

The King family "in the cross hairs"? Seriously?

There isn't a white columnist in the country who would have a job tomorrow if s/he used that metaphor. Enjoy the racism of political correctness when you draw your next paycheck, Mr. Capehart.

Posted by: beervendor1 | August 30, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Beck is a divisive racist, who takes advantage of ignorant fools, including Alveda King. Shame on him, shame on her, & SHAME ON ANYONE WHO WAS AT THAT RALLY. Does anyone REALLY think pro-choice is anti-life? FOOLS!! And, of course, gay-bashing is ok, until it's time to bash the next group that bigots like Beck et al disagree with.

Posted by: nyskinsdiehard | August 30, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Its amazing isn't it?? I mean--anyone who breaks away from the liberal-socialist-marxist belief system suddenly is labled with all kinds of slanderous names, etc. Like members of the left don't have the brain power to think for themselves, and those who dare to are castigated with all manner of nastiness. Typical of the socialist-liberal-delusional crowd. Can't argue the merits of an issue--so like petulant children, they start calling names. Real adult behavior..They know what is coming in November. Paybacks

Posted by: shep8851 | August 30, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

... but what would jesse jackson, al sharpton, eugene robinson, reverend wright, louis farrakhan, et. al. DO if, all of a sudden, black americans started to think for themselves and stopped swallowing all of their anti-white hate rhetoric?

most of our nation's so-called black leaders have made a career of hating on white america.

my grandparents came to this country in 1910, approximately 50 years after the emancipation proclamation. most of today's hispanic-american citizens arrived here after 1970...

so will someone PLEASE explain to me why this sickness continues into the 21st century? all american citizens are bound by our nationality, no matter where -- or HOW -- our ancestors came to america.

so i have 3 little words for those who want to keep hatred alive and well.

(1) get
(2) over
(3) it

Posted by: potomacfever00 | August 30, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

By November, Beck et al, including the bodacious Sarah, will have alienated the rest of the country with their do-as-I-say attitude, & the dems will retain control of Congress. And, yes, Obama will be re-elected. Luckily for the rest of us, the loudest, most-pissed-off-white people only get one vote apiece & remain an angry, pissed-off minority. As I've said before, nobody would care what Sarah Palin thought about anything if she looked like Babs Mikulski. Admit it.

Posted by: nyskinsdiehard | August 30, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a beck fan by any means, but I detect a little herding here where black folk don't behave the way they're supposed too (and yes, white folk do it too) so darned if she get's called out as what really amounts to not being loyal to her kind.

Posted by: jhtlag1 | August 30, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

to slarsen1, if you think Alveda King is so smart, I invite you and others to go to her website and see the lists of books she has written. One is called, "I Don't Want Your Man, I Want My Own." I'm sure you will find it a brilliant piece of scholarship. :(

Posted by: 424me | August 30, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Alveda King heard her uncle as a child. She heard his words of love and unity. That is not what we hear from the NAACP of today. They have perverted MLK's words preaching division and hate.
And last I heard we all had the freedom to be where we want when we want. If she chose to attend this rally for honesty and integrity in government, that is her business. I loved the rally. Our family could not be there in person but we were there in spirit. It is time honor be restored to government. They should hear the people. The people want a balanced budget, repeal of the health care takeover, spending curtailed and lowered, the debt lowered, the tax cuts extended and honor in government.
The rally was large and well mannered. I am also sick of the left with their preaching of what we should do and not do while lying, cheating, double talking and preaching a phony transparency. I suggest the Democrat Party do themselves a big service and clean out these radical progressives asap before this party implodes.

Posted by: greatgran1 | August 30, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Jonathan, Jonathan, Jonathan. Why are you and Eugene always being such angry black men? Sadly just such angry black men.

Posted by: state82 | August 30, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

It's funny that MLK III spoke on behalf of MLK's legacy in the Post last week, yet Capeheart doesn't think Alveda King has the same right. In other words, only Democrats have the right to free speech on MLK's legacy.

The irony of the situation, of course, is that African-Americans are so far in the bag for Democrats that they are taken for granted. If Black leadership encouraged independent thought, one could only wonder how much further African-Americans would be to achieving King's dream.

Posted by: diehardlib | August 30, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

To statesrighter: Look up the Civil War: you lost. Get over it.
To greatgran1: I don't want a repeal of the healthcare bill, I don't trust for-profit health insurance companies, nor do I want tax cuts for the wealthy extended. Speak for yourself, and only yourself--you do NOT speak for "the people", the majority of whom elected our current president. Interestingly, you seem surprised the Beck rally was well-behaved! (I was too! Who knew?)
Oh, by the way, do you receive Medicaid? SSI? Medicare? Of course you do! Why don't we start balancing the budget with YOU voluntarily giving up your government benefits? Yeah, didn't think so....

Posted by: nyskinsdiehard | August 30, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Jonathan Capehart, you must be that family member who causes embarrassment to YOUR family! STUPID comments today that reflect your bias!!!!!!!!!! Idiot.

Posted by: pvbarbar | August 30, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Calling her "little known" is a cheap shot, as I have never heard of Mr. Capehart outside of this blog - I think HE could fairly be described as "little known".

Posted by: gbooksdc | August 30, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

The civil rights that Dr. King fought for was for blacks. You can try and rewrite history all you want but that is a fact.

Posted by: wmwilliams14

You are advocating that King's birthday be erased as a national holiday you know.
There can be no race based national holidays.

Black America needs to end its racist hate against whites that has become the dominant identifying feature of black American culture.

Posted by: Elisa2 | August 30, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Alveda King is a much better representative of Dr. King's views than is Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson. He would be appalled to see those two in action. Total extortion artists.

Posted by: Jsuf | August 30, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Good grief Capeheart, you are way too young to buy into this plantation racial politics jive. The Democratic Party takes us for granted, if you don't believe that look at the rot in the inner city. Decaying schools, one parent families and rampant crime. The product of bone headed welfare programs and third world school systems. And your fine President and his party cancelled the hope scholarships that would have provided a pathway to a better education becuase of union pressure. What a shame.

Posted by: jkk1943 | August 30, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

There once was a distinction between gossip rags and esteemed news organizations however over time the practice of placing party affiliation before the truth has made it very confusing. I hope the Washington Post is not planning on adding this sort of salacious new format. Do you have a particular demographic you are aiming for perhaps pimple prone progressives, or dermologically challenged Democrates, Post pubescent panderers, that one is kind of catchy.

Posted by: almorganiv | August 30, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

True, Alveda King besmirched Dr. King's name. But worse than that, she has become a world-class perp of lies. It is a standard issue falsehood that anti-choice terrorists like to issue regarding Margaret Sanger. In reality, Sanger came from circles of labor and social justice organizers. She became involved in reproductive freedom after seeing Emma Goldman speak and be arrests for advocating birth control and abortion rights. Sanger and Goldman were from one of the few segments in society that called for racial equality. During this time period, the far-right (the Beck's of that time period) were openly hostile to anyone who was not white.

King has allied herself with the enemy and philosophical descendents of her father's attackers. Even worse, she is helping them with their slicker packaging.

Posted by: revbookburn | August 30, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Tea party - people who are tired of tax and spend Politicians. Teabaggers - gay men sitting naked on each others faces. Capehart needs to learn the difference.

Posted by: Jmacaco4 | August 30, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Capehart has removed all doubt and proved he is a racist.

Posted by: Jmacaco4 | August 30, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

nyskinsdiehard I am not on any and I mean any government program. Think about how much money these politicians have stolen from these programs. It is sickening. Think how much money one would have had you been able to keep your own money. They throw you bone and you could have had steak. And Obama has pushed more on government assistance. They want all of us to subject to the nanny state. We had a major crisis with salmonella and the government is wanting calorie counts on vending machines. These government trolls are not real bright. And they are hoping you are really dumb.
We need to make changes and I mean real changes. Medicare and medicaid are going to be bloated with people and they are going to take 500 billion out in so called waste but sat for two years not doing anything before. If I were in medicare, I would be on the steps of the Capital screaming bloody loud.
And no I knew the rally would be peaceful. It is the liberals making something up like they always do. They love a good crisis if they can make one.

Posted by: greatgran1 | August 30, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Capehart has removed all doubt and proved he is a racist.

Posted by: Jmacaco4 | August 30, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm, I guess Ms Capehart couldn't call Ms King an Uncle Tom. I suppose Capehart was dying to call her, what?, an Aunt Jemimah. Does anyone really take this little snot and his columns seriously?

Posted by: ddnfla | August 30, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

nyskinsdiehard is friggin' delusional.

Posted by: jpmenavich | August 30, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

The only thing that qualifies Mr. Capehart on talking on Martin Luther King and his family is that he is black. As he mentioned, he was not even born during this speech, so his opinion can hardly be qualified as an opinion that the late Mr. King would agree with.

As a minority myself, I can say that I am so over segments of the black community, the militant Sharpton and Jackson types, insisting on this crying game that they are the true leaders of civil rights and anything related to it. Indians where murdered right and left in their own homelands that is now the US, but you never hear of black people fighting for their rights. In fact most black people during the age of slavery were pets, who had far more advantage than the indians who died during this same age.

Certain black people must get over their insiduous discussion that this so called "dream" belongs to them and them alone. Cheers to Alveda King! Honor and the content of our character is most important in this post MLK age, and not the skin color of certain arrogant and unhappy people along the dispositions of race baiting Sharptons and Jacksons and Capeharts.

Posted by: xatiannorthsea | August 30, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

The only thing that qualifies Mr. Capehart on talking on Martin Luther King and his family is that he is black. As he mentioned, he was not even born during this speech, so his opinion can hardly be qualified as an opinion that the late Mr. King would agree with.

As a minority myself, I can say that I am so over segments of the black community, the militant Sharpton and Jackson types, insisting on this crying game that they are the true leaders of civil rights and anything related to it. Indians where murdered right and left in their own homelands that is now the US, but you never hear of black people fighting for their rights. In fact most black people during the age of slavery were pets, who had far more advantage than the indians who died during this same age.

Certain black people must get over their insiduous discussion that this so called "dream" belongs to them and them alone. Cheers to Alveda King! Honor and the content of our character is most important in this post MLK age, and not the skin color of certain arrogant and unhappy people along the dispositions of race baiting Sharptons and Jacksons and Capeharts.

Posted by: xatiannorthsea | August 30, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Capehart sounds like the bigot! Isn't civil rights inclusive of everyone? Who knew that blacks had exclusivity??
I think Martin Luther King would be very disappointed in Al Sharpton-- whose speech was very divisive.
These preachers, like Sharpton and Rev. Wright, etc., continue to stir up trouble and hold blacks back.

Posted by: ohioan | August 30, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

I am impressed with Alveda King. She has courage and a good heart.

On the other hand, I am not much impressed with Jonathan Capehart.

Posted by: Robert2008 | August 30, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Capehart is a bigot. He thinks anyone who does not agree with him is a traitor.

Can you imagine how twisted Capehart will be when Obama loses?

Posted by: cpameetingbook | August 30, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

I am impressed with Alveda King. She has courage and a good heart.

Posted by: Robert2008 | August 30, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart: you and Mr. Milloy define ignorance. MLKs speech was about blacks because they were the ones on the short end of justice, but it was a call to all Americans to live up our ideals. Similarly, Mr. Beck's rally was for the same purpose. Ms. King speaking about family values and against abortion was entirely appropriate to the occasion. Is her color wrong for the event? If so, why?

Posted by: Whitt1 | August 30, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

No one takes Capehart seriously. His opinion pieces are completely worthless. Last week he wrote about some kid who has a you tube video. Get some news Mr. Capehart.

Posted by: Jsuf | August 30, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Alveda is just the "House Negro" Mr. Beck needed. She is nothing more and nothing less.

Posted by: NewEra | August 30, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Don't change the subject, king. Let's talk about racist poverty pimps Rangle, waters, and that shirt pile Sharpton. Owner of TAWANA BRAWLEY.

Posted by: carlbatey | August 30, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

What a nonsensical piece. Frankly, it sounds like she's the only family member with her head on straight.

Posted by: Lilycat11 | August 30, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse


Looks like about 87% of the posters here disagree with you.

Seems about right.

Your "side" is losing all the arguments.

Posted by just another white racist.

Posted by: ninatotenburg | August 30, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

We need to breath a little no one owns a day or place its our country and our monument.King seems to if i remember had a girlfriend when he was shot and died now why isn't that a problem its about being a good person o we cant say that because he black well how do you know my color who cares Rev AL acts like someone took his candy thats the real problem MONEY.GREED

Posted by: Hu10 | August 30, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Alveda is just the "House Negro" Mr. Beck needed. She is nothing more and nothing less.
Posted by: NewEra
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That is disgusting and says more about "NewEra" than it does about Alveda.

Alveda is a preacher and director of African American outreach. She gave a talk at Boston University in 2000, she is hardly a "house Negro". I hope the same fate visits you which visited Laura Schlessinger.

I am not a Christian, I am not white, and I do not believe in a personal God. But I can sense the goodness in so many Christians and I feel embarrassed for so many liberals who seem to understand nothing other than bitterness and maligning.

Bernard Shaw said, "The punishment of the liar is that he cannot believe anyone else." And the punishment of the cynical is that he cannot see that anyone else is sincere.

What has HAPPENED to liberals? I can understand the bitterness at Bush, the 2000 elections and the two wars. But Bush is gone and liberals are hanging on to their bitterness, anger and cynicism.

Before you can hurt Alveda with your bitter words, you are hurting yourself.

Posted by: rohit57 | August 30, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

ONe of the great "vicxtories" of the anti-choice crowd is getting people to call them "pro-life." Everyone is "pro-life." not everyone beleives that the government should use a narrow set of one particular faith's interpretation of religious ideology to make important life and health deciksions for individuals.

That said - beck is a tool. He is "Restoring" and America that never really existed, although the one he and his small band of rabid benighted followers dream about has no one browner than John Boner and no one who is not a specific kind of believer in a twisted extremist distortion of Christianity.
In short, glen beck is to Western Civilization what UBL is to Middle Eastern Civiliazation. Except beck has a billionaire who funds him because he will help get people elected that will cut taxes for billionaires and also hand over control of our nation and our lives to billionaires. He is less than pond scum and more dangerous than a gallon jug of mercury at a frat party.

Posted by: John1263 | August 30, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

How dare she? Doesn't she know all blacks must support the Chosen One??

Posted by: Chippewa | August 30, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

I had never heard of this Alveda King until Beck dug her out from under the "wood works".

What a low life, this Alveda King person is, whoever she is.

Posted by: lcarter0311
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Here is your answer:

The daughter of the late civil rights activist Rev. A.D. King and his wife Naomi Barber King, Alveda grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Her family home in Birmingham, Alabama, was bombed, as was her father’s church office in Louisville, Kentucky. Alveda was jailed during the open housing movement. She sees the pro-life movement as a continuation of the civil rights struggle.

Dr. King is a former college professor and served in the Georgia State House of Representatives. She is a best selling author; among her books are How Can the Dream Survive if we Murder the Children? and I Don’t Want Your Man, I Want My Own. She is an accomplished actress and songwriter. The Founder of King for America, Inc., Alveda is also the recipient of a Doctorate of Laws degree from Saint Anselm College and sits on the Board of Georgia Right to Life.
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Maybe you want to burn down her house once more, for going to Beck's rally? You are just as bad as the Southern White racists.

Between lcarter0311 and Alveda, SOMEONE is lowlife, but I rather doubt that it is Alveda.

Posted by: rohit57 | August 30, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Homer Capehart, the only thing you have a clue about, you little pipsqueak, is that indeed you weren't alive in nineteen sixty three/ You wouldn't know a 'smirch' from a 'besmirch' so go write about basketball.

Posted by: chatard | August 30, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

ONe of the great "vicxtories" of the anti-choice crowd is getting people to call them "pro-life." Everyone is "pro-life." not everyone beleives that the government should use a narrow set of one particular faith's interpretation of religious ideology to make important life and health deciksions for individuals.
Posted by: John1263
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It has little to do inherently with religion, although many religious people do see why abortion is wrong. Abortion is wrong for the same reason that murder is wrong or rape is wrong. You are harming another human being, and there does not need to be a God to notice that, any more than God is needed to say that rape is wrong.

Abortion is wrong for PURELY SECULAR reasons. Try and get that inside your brain.

As for your "deciksions", you seem to be no better than Sarah Palin at spelling.

Posted by: rohit57 | August 30, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Who the hell do you think you are to make such an assertions. Wait I've got the answer. You are a race baiting a&&wipe who is afraid you may have to have an original thought and find something to blather on about besides whitey. Ms King showed considerable courage and I didn't see any o fhte othe family members at Rev Charlatain's rally. I defy you to find a negative speech or political overtone with one possible exception. Sarah Palin said (p)" we don't need to fundamentally transform the country we need to restore it". One can NOT say as much for Al's coffee clatch. There were more people at any given time in the port-o-potties at Becks rally than were at Rev Al's in toto. That in spite of unions bussing in NJ residents and Obama cabinet officials "urging" their employees to attend the smaller affair. It was certainly not apolitical. My favorite line from Sharpton's rally has to be '"I love you black people" and"you're not going to hijack OUR day". Kinda says it all regarding the content of their heart and not the color of their skin, huh?

Posted by: theduck6 | August 30, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

I was alive and at the MLK speech in DC in 1963 and the ONLY message I heard was one of hope and respect of all men and women regardless of race, sex, etc. How was that any different than what the Beck rally conveyed? Why can't the black "left" ever let a black person think different from what is brainwashed in the black populate by the likes of Sharpton, Farakhan, Howard Univ. et al....? What I see here is a movement (Beck) that is taking ground in America and it is frustrating the left so the left has to resort to their ole playbook of demonizing anyone associated with the movement...

Posted by: IrvFleckman | August 30, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Ms. King is also involved in politics...she has a better chance of being "upfront" with Mr. Beck than she has with MLK Jr. family. So, she needs to step outside and join with people who can help her be upfront in her ideas of ...God, and whatever Mr. Beck is preaching. Not to worry....

Posted by: judithclaire1939 | August 30, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

and are you suggesting it takes "courage" for a black to show up at a white rally? why would that be?
Posted by: JoeT1
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Because it takes courage to stand up to liberal racists who believe that black loyalty is theirs by right. Blacks are not allowed to think, they are required to repeat whatever thoughts their liberal masters allow them to think.

Posted by: rohit57 | August 30, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

This side, that side, or no side... May we all be encouraged to be on God's side.

That which we speak...write, blog, text, etc., reveals what is in our own heart, not what is in anothers. As we seek to Fulfill a Dream and Restore America...may it start with the words we speak to and about one another. (Real issues of the heart.)

Freedom is a wonderful thing, costly and comes with great responsibility. Praying our comments are something that we would want others to say about us. Luke 6:31 Do to others as you would have them do to you. Christian, African American, and believing God for revival in our land.

Thank you.

Posted by: bmv4j | August 30, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

This writer takes the notion of "oppression" completely out of context with this rally.

Beck's event was a rally against big government spending and decades of tax increases.

The government can and will oppress people either by making you sit in the back of the bus or by taking 65% of your earned money out of your pocket and giving it to others.

Both of these forms of oppression are from flawed ideologies to which our best course of action is to reverse.

This piece of critical crap only further shows how the left's only defense (after blaming Bush for everything) is to call all those who oppose them racists.

Posted by: vmidurk | August 30, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

greatgran1: I'm sure you're a nice, if simple, person, but you still do not speak for a majority of Americans. Please understand that most Americans don't trust the government to always do the right thing (myself included). However, the only ones I trust LESS are the wealthy (i.e., the greedy), and private for-profit businesses (i.e., BP, United Healthcare, MetLife, etc.) So who's left? You? No offense, but I don't trust you to run the country, either. Please provide concrete examples, with names & numbers, when you talk about Govt theft & waste. Talking in generalities does no good at all, just expresses your feelings, which are irrelevent.

As for you, jpmenavich, the only "delusion" I am under is that Obama was elected by a VAST majority of people who understand that Beck, Palin,& you, et al, can't be trusted or believed. Sorry your party lost, pal, but we liberals aint as dumb as you think.
And for those of you who are so inpressed with Alvena King's credentials: really? You're kidding, right? That's all you got? Pathetic.

Posted by: nyskinsdiehard | August 30, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Racism only occurs when you fail to bow down and acknowledge the preeminence of fat boys on hate radio.

Posted by: htruman1 | August 30, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

I Can honestly say that the majority of white folks on this board who are trying to assert that M L K was fighting for anything other thsn black folks are RETARDED. Go crack a history book, you dum- as- motherf-ckers. NO O N E in the black community has ever heard of ALVEDA KING. No one. She selling you monkeys a bucket of bullsh-t. A BLACK MAN RUNS THIS COUNTRY. GET OVER IT YOU PATHETIC LOSERS! Stay the f-ck away from MLK. It only makes you look even sadder. aLveda looks and acts like a porch monkey, a house slave. No one in the black community gives a crap about her. She probably just needs money.

Posted by: davis_renee | August 30, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

After Elton John recently played at Rush Limbaugh's wedding reception, he received quite a lot of hateful flack from the gay community for agreeing to perform for someone that lberals detested. When asked if that bothered him to receive that sort of angry reaction, he wisely stated that he was into building bridges and not building walls. Refusing to play the show would have been like building a wall.

I for one resepct Ms. King for building a bridge. Al Sharpton, on the other hand, chose to build walls that day. Mr. Capehart, you should focus on bridge-building and cut out all this wall-building non-sense like what I just read here. Liberals do not own a monopoly on inclusion and tolerance.

Posted by: J-Mac | August 30, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Any one who quotes Sarah Palin needs to have their diploma revoked - or I mean, refudiated. Never has there been a more ignorant female on a national stage. Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and Alveda King: dumb, dumber and dumbest. if you nutty white folks really want to awaken the sleeping giant, keep fu-king with MLK.

Posted by: davis_renee | August 30, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

What your saying is that Alveda King has the right, but you question her insensitivity. You can't have it both ways. Imam Rauf has the right, but did you question his insensitivity to build the mosque near Ground Zero. Busted.

Posted by: houstonian | August 30, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

and are you suggesting it takes "courage" for a black to show up at a white rally? why would that be?
Posted by: JoeT1
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Because it takes courage to stand up to liberal racists who believe that black loyalty is theirs by right. Blacks are not allowed to think, they are required to repeat whatever thoughts their liberal masters allow them to think.

Posted by: rohit57 | August 30, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

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The treasonous south also went to great length to articulate that they weren't fighting to uphold slavery.

See any parallel between their dogma and yours????

Posted by: htruman1 | August 30, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Pretty violent language coming out of Davis tonight ... and the right is the violent racists?? Just read his posts!

Do you even pay taxes Davis? Can you please try to justify Obama's economic policies as President?

I'd love to hear you try and defend his actions the past year and a half...

Posted by: vmidurk | August 30, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

And Glen Beck is nothing but a total nut job. The fact that so many people listen to the idiot is a reflection that they have abandoned any effort to grow intellectually. If he doesnt implode under the spotlight it WILL be a small miracle. This isnt 1963. A lot of blacks are a lot wealthier and more powerful, and a lot more white women spend their nights chasing black men. Bring it. Were ready for you ignorant bastards.

Posted by: davis_renee | August 30, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Spot on Capehart.

Alveda is using the King name and legacy in an attempt to "credential" her statements with the MLK's imprimatur. It is known that MLK's widow Coretta Scott King and Alveda have been on more than one occasion been at odds with Alveda’s characterization of Dr Kings' stances on issues.

Additionally Beck--who now wants to reclaim civil rights (since when did he become an ardent civil rights proponent??)- is likewise using her as a prop to "credential" himself in the civil rights arena.

All have the right to have their views aired-Beck and Alveda included. But no one should kid themsleves that this was a rally to rekindle the civil rights passions of the public (civil rights as in the civil rights movement). So let’s not try to cloak ourselves in the legacy of MLK by trotting out someone who happens to share the last name and little of Dr. Kings views

Posted by: havardbrown | August 30, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Capehart: I hereby officially declare Alveda King no longer black!

Posted by: pgr88 | August 30, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Pretty violent language coming out of Davis tonight ... and the right is the violent racists?? Just read his posts!

Do you even pay taxes Davis? Can you please try to justify Obama's economic policies as President?

I'd love to hear you try and defend his actions the past year and a half...

Posted by: vmidurk | August 30, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

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Who are you to question whether such and such poster pays their taxes?

Answer two questions for me (and don't worry, I bet you're too cowardly to) as it will cast some light on your contribution to America's tax receipts:

(1) What state do you reside in?
(2) Round about what age are you?

Posted by: htruman1 | August 30, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Dont even try the curcuitous card game of who is the racist. Everyone in the world can see that. The mosque debate is GLOBAL and has put you backwards types on full blast for the world to see. Just stay away from M L K.

Posted by: davis_renee | August 30, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

J-Mac: You are so right, reactionaries, right-wingers, & Republicans are famous for being inclusive & tolerant. Beck's rally was a veritable rainbow of diversity, as are the teabaggers! (And yes, I fully understand the difference between a tea party & a teabagger, I just think that in this case they are one and the same, trying to block the eyes of the country with their balls of lies & bitterness about having a Black president!)
Oh, and sorry about continuing to blame Bush for wrecking the economy, stealing a national election, starting 2 wars, allowing a major terrorist attack on our country, and emasculating the regulatory system that is supposed to protect the country from the likes of BP, salmonella-poisoned egg growers, & the owners of the Big Bend mine. You're right, I should just get over it.

Posted by: nyskinsdiehard | August 30, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Pretty violent language coming out of Davis tonight ... and the right is the violent racists?? Just read his posts!

Do you even pay taxes Davis? Can you please try to justify Obama's economic policies as President?

I'd love to hear you try and defend his actions the past year and a half...

Posted by: vmidurk | August 30, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

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Who are you to question whether such and such poster pays their taxes?

Answer two questions for me (and don't worry, I bet you're too cowardly to) as it will cast some light on your contribution to America's tax receipts:

(1) What state do you reside in?
(2) Round about what age are you?
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26 and Florida.

And my question is justified as only about half of America pays income taxes. We are the ones paying into the system. We know what it means to work and feel our money taken out of our wallets.

Of course taxes are necessary for government, but too much is too much and we need to reverse this trend of never-ending government expansion into our daily lives.

Posted by: vmidurk | August 30, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

The difficulty that Black leaders seems to be wrestling with here is their own success. A black women, albeit a niece of MLK, has felt the freedom and liberation (should we call it audacity?) to stand up and say what she thinks to a group of mostly white people(horrors!) and she was cheered. Maybe she wasn’t directly on the script that Mr. Capehart wished, and maybe she is off the reservation, a fault that has landed Bill Cosby and Clarence Page in hot water too, and maybe it is a unwelcomed sign that the racial politics and polemics of some are not as effective in maintaining the grip of some leaders on their followers.

The long term threat to the professional civil rights leaders has always been success. Once everyone gets over all the race issues, once you have assimilation, once people can join groups, clubs or movements without regards to their race, religion, national origin, or who their family is, why do they need to cling to that traditional group that is based solely on their race? People should be free to say what they please, and associate with anyone they wish, Mr. Capehart’s regrets not withstanding. Isn’t this the essence of civil rights?

We need more Alveda Kings,not less, but we also need to deserve her and others.

Somewhere MLK is smiling and he isn’t smiling at Mr. Capehart.

Posted by: droberts57 | August 30, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Sad that people like this writer want to keep the races separate. Alveda King is a wonderful woman with views that you don't like. She refuses to be pigeonholed.

Posted by: username | August 30, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

The difficulty that Black leaders seems to be wrestling with here is their own success. A black women, albeit a niece of MLK, has felt the freedom and liberation (should we call it audacity?) to stand up and say what she thinks to a group of mostly white people(horrors!) and she was cheered. Maybe she wasn’t directly on the script that Mr. Capehart wished, and maybe she is off the reservation, a fault that has landed Bill Cosby and Clarence Page in hot water too, and maybe it is a unwelcomed sign that the racial politics and polemics of some are not as effective in maintaining the grip of some leaders on their followers.

The long term threat to the professional civil rights leaders has always been success. Once everyone gets over all the race issues, once you have assimilation, once people can join groups, clubs or movements without regards to their race, religion, national origin, or who their family is, why do they need to cling to that traditional group that is based solely on their race? People should be free to say what they please, and associate with anyone they wish, Mr. Capehart’s regrets not withstanding. Isn’t this the essence of civil rights?

We need more Alveda Kings,not less, but we also need to deserve her and others too.

Somewhere MLK is smiling and he isn’t smiling at Mr. Capehart.

Posted by: droberts57 | August 30, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

What did you have to pay an extra 23 cents for the cheeseburger you sit on you fat rear and scarf down? Everybody who buys anything pays taxes Tardo, thats a bs red herring cover up for racism, and THE WORLD sees through it.

Posted by: davis_renee | August 30, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Alveda Ling is trash and she never should have raised her head. Shes being pimped by Beck and Im sure her family will disown her. Not one member has come out in support of her. Shes as serious as Snookie, but at least Snookie has enough sense to know she is no intellectual.

Posted by: davis_renee | August 30, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

greatgran1: I'm assuming that you have refused to accept Social Security payments as well, correct? And, of course, nobody in your family & none of your friends collects any form of government support either, right?
Even if you & yours are so independent, most of your fellow teabaggers cannot make that same claim, as they collect unemployment, social security, SSI, medicaid, and/or medicare. Each & every teabagger who collects any of these, or any other form of government aid, and that includes ALL farmers & business owners, is a cynical hypocrite who should keep his/her mouth shut about "big government."

Posted by: nyskinsdiehard | August 30, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

And also notice Davis could not answer my question about defending Obama's economic policies...

We'll watch tomorrow night as Obama tries to get all the credit for an agreement that BUSH (oh no!) arranged in the fall of 2008.

Posted by: vmidurk | August 30, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

26 and Florida.

And my question is justified as only about half of America pays income taxes. We are the ones paying into the system. We know what it means to work and feel our money taken out of our wallets.

Of course taxes are necessary for government, but too much is too much and we need to reverse this trend of never-ending government expansion into our daily lives.

Posted by: vmidurk | August 30, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

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Do you live in a rural area or urban center? Most rural folks (AKA real Americans according to Beck and Palin) are the most profligate tax mooches around.

Funny you should mention the 50% of Americans who don't pay taxes because when I look at all the fat, pasty, old people at the Tea Bagger rallies, and then I assess the fact that I'm in my early 30's and just below the upper income tax bracket, I can't help but notice the irony of the fact that I am paying the max social security payout, and a butt load of medicare taxes for this whiny, hypocritical, do nothing segment of the population.

I'm a proud progressive, and I'm even prouder to support causes (with the taxes I pay mind you as well as the volunteer work I do) that help the well intentioned needy. But I really can't stomach knowing that so much of my taxes go to these whiny, fat, old, rural losers who show up at Tea Bagger rallies, when in fact these losers are having a hay day at my expense and detracting from the resources that we as a country could be giving to education and clean energy technology.

Good jobs aren't going to come from blaming anchor babies. They're going to come from valuing education and resisting to follow the path of anti-intellectualism that Beck, and Rush, and Hannity and all the other goons on hate radio condone.

Posted by: htruman1 | August 30, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Ong!!! How dare she have a mind of her own and appear with conservatives. Does she not realize that to be black and a King, she is absolutely required to prescribe to the liberal and wp dogma. She must be a dem. She must believe in big government. She shamed her family and her race!

The author of this article is very likely the typical pc, tolerance peddler of most wp staff. But, when it comes to being tolerant of those on the other side of the political isle, they seem to be all out!!!

Posted by: sagedutch | August 30, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

kitchendragon50 wrote:

Just say what you really mean. Civil rights and Dr. King are the EXCLUSIVE property of blacks. Ms King is a traitor and betrayed her own race.

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King's message, as far as I understand, was that civil rights are property to none, inherrent to all. Conversely, Beck's message was that he was taking ownership of King's message. He did so by offering a token relative (probably paid) to add a little color on stage to offset the sea of white faces in the audience.

If you think dragging out a relative of the man, several decades after he brought the message of unity for which he was murdered, gives ownership to a spineless doofus like Beck who rakes in a fortune fanning what should be the dying embers of racial tension to a new very hot, very bright bond fire, then you clearly demonstrate you have never, do not, or will ever, understand what King (Martin, not his opportunistic relative) was all about.

Posted by: grantmh | August 30, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Shame? Whether you agree with her or not, she's speaking her mind. Dr. King would be proud she has the opportunity.

Posted by: kls1 | August 30, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Wow. You get someone step out of line, and you call them Uncle.

This is what's wrong with the Dumbocrats. If you step out of line, you get called names.

VOTE REPUBLICAN!!!

Posted by: A1965bigdog | August 30, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

You have to wonder about a writer that cannot even get the date correct. It was August 28, 1963 NOT August 29.
But again it is the Washington Post - facts do not matter.

Posted by: bfinn27 | August 30, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

htruman,

I think we could agree on a lot of things here.

I don't listen to the hate radio, I volunteer.

Speaking of jobs, we can create an entire economy based on government jobs but we will produce NOTHING of wealth.

Profits and investment create wealth and growth. This is basic economics.

Our government, both parties, have ramped up so much debt, it will grab our economy by the throat for decades.

As soon as the U.S. Dollar becomes replaced (give it 20 years) and other countries decide buying up our debt is no longer worth the investment, then we'll see a financial crisis that will make our last one look like child's play. When the U.S. Government defaults ... starts issuing IOUs like California ... we'll really see financial problems.

We can keep electing officials that will continue this trend, or we can start a movement to stop the spending increases.

No matter what party we elect, our taxes will go up, that's just inevitable ... but our government needs to decrease its budget if it will ever gain the confidence of the public.

You don't like tax "cheats" but they get away with it because our tax code has thousands of exemptions and clauses that create these holes. You don't like the "old people" receiving your tax dollars ... but our welfare and social security system is allowing this.

Personally, I'd like to see a Flat Tax on consumption replace the income tax. Why punish productivity by increasing the rate you're taxed by the more money you make? I'd rather see people keep all the money they earn and only tax on what they spend.

I'd much rather have discussions like this with you about issues than Davis who only spits out anger and nonsense.

Posted by: vmidurk | August 30, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

The Shame of Jonathan Capehart would be more accurate. What a arrogant idiot you are, a shame to your race. When will you so-called journalists "permit" blacks to have a mind of their own, a voice of their own, and quit acting as if anyone who is not a slave to the Democratic Party is a traitor. It's 2010. Did you ever think that your narrow-minded, limited thinking is being used by the Washington Post, and not in a way that you would wish?

Posted by: juliadee | August 30, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

There are many Americans that do not buy into the propaganda that is being spread by Sharpton, Jackson, Robinson, Milloy, Capehart and all the other race-hustling poverty pimps that seem to have come out of the woodwork since the election of Obama.

see for yourself:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtIuFovFulw&feature=player_embedded

Posted by: tulsa_dave | August 30, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

htruman,

I think we could agree on a lot of things here.

Posted by: vmidurk | August 30, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

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Perhaps when the Republicans (or a third party if that happens to be the most effective vessel) agree to run pragmatic, compassionate, non-cultural warrior candidates we may indeed cast our ballet for the same representative. The new Whig party (fiscally conservative, culturally liberal) strikes me as a half way plausible option if it ever gains a solid footing.

But at the end of the day I'm an economist. And by virtue of my profession recognize that in an optimally functioning economy, with full employment, 5% or so of the population will still fall through the cracks. I see it as a moral imperative to help these people. I'm also for equal access to opportunity (note that I'm not saying equality of outcome). As someone who came from a poor family, I know well that there is work to be done of this front.

So keep this in mind in the event that you hold any sway over pragmatic, fiscally oriented conservative politics as you may one day win my vote. But as long as the Republicans promote a theocratic, xenophobic, anti-intellectual platform I will gladly vote Democrat. Even it costs me more on tax day........I'm more than happy to pay 2-4% more in taxes if it stops a genocidal psychopath like Sarah Palin from assuming the presidency.

Posted by: htruman1 | August 30, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

So keep this in mind in the event that you hold any sway over pragmatic, fiscally oriented conservative politics as you may one day win my vote. But as long as the Republicans promote a theocratic, xenophobic, anti-intellectual platform I will gladly vote Democrat. Even it costs me more on tax day........I'm more than happy to pay 2-4% more in taxes if it stops a genocidal psychopath like Sarah Palin from assuming the presidency.
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Anyone that could ever agree with you on anything at all should immediately voluntarily commit themselves to a mental institution for a 90 day observation if not permanently. For everyones safety.

Posted by: tulsa_dave | August 30, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Capehart snd his kind are America's real shame. Yes, Alveda betrayed the racists in her own race.

Posted by: georgegarrett | August 30, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart,

If your intent was to solidify Ms. King in the hearts of conservatives and have them come to her defense you have succeeded.

Posted by: tunes59 | August 30, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

So keep this in mind in the event that you hold any sway over pragmatic, fiscally oriented conservative politics as you may one day win my vote. But as long as the Republicans promote a theocratic, xenophobic, anti-intellectual platform I will gladly vote Democrat. Even it costs me more on tax day........I'm more than happy to pay 2-4% more in taxes if it stops a genocidal psychopath like Sarah Palin from assuming the presidency.
Posted by: htruman1 | August 30, 2010 11:00 PM
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Anyone that could ever agree with you on anything at all should immediately voluntarily commit themselves to a mental institution for a 90 day observation if not permanently. For everyones safety.

Posted by: tulsa_dave | August 30, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

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tulsa_dave -- your state of Oklahoma is one of the biggest tax mooches in the US (after Alaska and the other sob story screw ups in the deep south mind you). Check out www.TaxFoundation.Org sometime and note how the residents of your state mooch and mooch and mooch from the federal tax dollars generated by responsible areas such as Illinois, New York and Massachusetts and then go to a mirror and repeat "I'm a sorry, whiny hypocrite".

My guess is that you're an uneducated putz who blames Latin and South Americans with a 8th grade education for the fact that your sorry fat behind can't get a job.

You know I'm right:-)

Don't worry buddy, I feel the same way about you. I'm for erecting a wall around Oklahoma and the Texas pan handle and establishing a law whereby you folks can't come into America and we can't visit you. We'll call your new territory Dumbfukcistan and let you enter into a race to the bottom with the other theocratic screw-ups like Sudan, Iran, and Afghanistan.

Posted by: htruman1 | August 30, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

htruman,

I'm about 98% with you right there.

I agree too much of politics is based on anti-intellectual ideologies fueled by entertainers or celebrities that claim themselves experts.

I've worked in 3 other countries, have graduate degree, worked in law firms, start-up tech companies, and I at the age of 26 don't consider myself an expert on anything of the macroeconomic level.

There are obvious inefficiencies that I'd love to see addressed as well as a general lack of social responsibility in industry.

I can't remember where I read about this term and I'll make it a point to look it up in the AM, but I remember reading about a concept I believe termed "Sustainable Capitalism" which embraced all the basic concepts of competition, low taxes, incentives to productivity ... but also included that a company's brand value was increased by its level of social responsibility.

Think of Starbucks with their charities and the old Apple grocery receipt drives to provide computers to schools.

This same concept would provide the same charities, funds, scholarships to combat poverty or help the environment while further increasing value to businesses.

So business spends profits on more charities, creates positive image, hence gaining more revenue and profits.

I had hoped businesses would be more on this track if it weren't for the crisis.

Instead, we rely on government stepping in and providing the "solution" by taking other's income and handing it out to those in need (though I wish it was only those in need who receive).

Anyways, it is getting late but our exchange was much more refreshing than some of the comments I mentioned earlier.

Thank you.

Posted by: vmidurk | August 30, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

I make perfect sense. You bekieve in the words of beck, palin and some random broke as- relative of MLK that no one has ever heard of, or gives a crap about. While you are on here ranting about how Capeheart is promoting groupthink - total nonsense - your daughter isprobably blowing some black athlete in the high school parking lot. See this is the chink in your armor. Your women LOVE black men. Thats half your demo. Meanwhile that inbred Sarah Palin and her half wit "investigate Americans" twin Michele Bachman are playing your dumb sheepish behinds on their way to becoming rich. Thats the irony. Beck is using dumb white folks to line his pickets, just like Limbaugh!! Where is the rest of the GOP in support of this charlatan ? Crickets.....

Posted by: davis_renee | August 30, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Alveda Ling is trash and she never should have raised her head. Shes being pimped by Beck and Im sure her family will disown her. Not one member has come out in support of her. Shes as serious as Snookie, but at least Snookie has enough sense to know she is no intellectual.

Posted by: davis_renee | August 30, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse
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You are absolutely correct! I don't know why Beck invited her at all. She obviously did not deserve to be there.

Posted by: faudel | August 30, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Davis,

Keep talking. Keep talking all night and you'll only further discredit yourself and all those who you associate with.

You have mentioned almost everything in the past 2 hours except the question I asked you ...

Posted by: vmidurk | August 30, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

htruman,

I'm about 98% with you right there.

I agree too much of politics is based on anti-intellectual ideologies fueled by entertainers or celebrities that claim themselves experts.

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Cool man, thanks for the lively and enlightening debate, and excuse my snarky response to tulsa_dave.

You have your Davis sorts to contend with, I have my tulsa_dave souring the political discourse.

I read a great quote recently, which in short lamented the fact that populism is allowed in politics as it undermines the implementation of sound policy.

Hopefully we have an opportunity to meet in the middle one day. And I won't begrudge you for bashing the more asinine members of my party....please don't think too little of me if I do the same to those in yours:-)

Posted by: htruman1 | August 30, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Thats right. You cant handle it.

Posted by: davis_renee | August 30, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

htruman,

My sentiments exactly!! :-)

Have a great night!

Posted by: vmidurk | August 30, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Mr Capehart; wmwilliams14;all

actually, Dr King (whom i knew, when i was in college in the 1960s - you learn a LOT about a man when you do "pick & shovel work" for a charity project with him - Dr King was NOT at all afraid to get his hands DIRTY, either!) would have approved of Saturday's rally. = unlike Capehart, Jackson & Sharpton, he was NOT a bigot, a LIAR and/or an arrogant, SELF-important FOOL.
instead, he was a REAL practicing CHRISTIAN.

to wmwilliams: Dr King's message and the civil rights movement that he DIED FOR was NOT for Blacks alone.=he was for EQUALITY for ALL.
(fyi, i'm NOT Black; instead i'm NA & he liked ALL of the NA students, who worked the project, just FINE, thanks.)

further Dr King was (gosh, oh gee, you didn't know this did you?) a REPUBLICAN "party regular" and a RATHER conservative Baptist preacher.

i believe that if he was alive & healthy today that he would be PRO-life, working HARD to improve the quality of life for Americans/mankind and involved in the world peace movement.= he was much more a DOER than a TALKER!

despite his faults (what HUMAN doesn't have any?) he LIVED his Christian beliefs, as well as preached about them! =====> that is a GREAT DEAL more than i can say for today's "leaders"!

i feel BLESSED & HUMBLED to have known him.

yours, TN46

Posted by: texasnative46 | August 30, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

oh and btw "Dr." Alveda King isnt a Dr at all. Suckers.

Posted by: davis_renee | August 30, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

And if you supposedly knew him and have ascintilla of intelligence you know he was fighting for BLACK PEOPLE. Were you with him in the church in birmingham when the angry WHITE mob was outside of the church threatening to bomb it. Were you on the bus with the freedom riders when the angry WHITE mob attacked them? Were you with him in Chicago when the angry WHITE mob threw rocks at him? I could go on and on. The bottom line is, dont even try it. He was fighting for Tge freedom of BLACKS. It really pathetic and sad you would try to steal a black leader. its a sad hail mary pass that is failing. How about this : will give you O.J.

Posted by: davis_renee | August 30, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Whoever you are, Capehart, you're a dope. You likely didn't see Alveda King at the rally and you don't know what you're talking about. But that's typical of leftists, ill-informed and not very bright.

Posted by: WJStephens | August 30, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

OMG, King was a womanizer, he was not a god but he did a whole lot of good, so leave it at that. Relatives riding coat tails is not new.

Glenn Beck loves America.

It is evident our current, one term president, does not.

Bravo to the Restoring America rally. We need to hear something postive from people who really care about our freedom. With all the negative media it is refreshing that one man stood out. Beck for President!

Wish I could have been there.

Posted by: greatgrandmasue | August 30, 2010 11:55 PM | Report abuse


And if you supposedly knew him and have ascintilla of intelligence you know he was fighting for BLACK PEOPLE. Were you with him in the church in birmingham when the angry WHITE mob was outside of the church threatening to bomb it. Were you on the bus with the freedom riders when the angry WHITE mob attacked them? Were you with him in Chicago when the angry WHITE mob threw rocks at him? I could go on and on. The bottom line is, dont even try it. He was fighting for Tge freedom of BLACKS. It really pathetic and sad you would try to steal a black leader. its a sad hail mary pass that is failing. How about this : will give you O.J.

Posted by: davis_renee | August 30, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse
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I think we need a working definition of "BLACK PEOPLE" here. Ms. King and O.J. obviously do not qualify. Please enlighten -- you have lost me. Thanks

Posted by: faudel | August 31, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Dr. King wished that the nation could judge others by the content of their character, not by the color of their skin.

Dr. King was attacked viciously by close-minded individuals who only spewed hate and intolerance, being blind to the truth that was so clear.

Dr. King was brave for speaking on the Mall amid ruthless and shameful attacks by those who should know better.

I am speaking, of course, of Dr. Alveda King.

Shame on you, Mr. Capeheart. I look at Dr. King's character and I look at yours. I judge the two of you accordingly. And you come up short.

Posted by: bud607 | August 31, 2010 12:40 AM | Report abuse

I was very fortunate, though I didn't know it at the time, to meet and talk with Dr. King around 1967 in Louisville, KY. He was
a profile in courage. He did not waiver, he did not condemn, he did not deter from the facts or the truth., he spoke of justice and honor. He was a great American.

Sad today that the Republican Party, Tea Party, and right wing media are lost. They are evil white racist. They follow a evil man who distorts the facts and lies about everything.

President Obama, is not a muslim, if he were, our free America would not prevent him from being President.

Remember crazy people hear the voice of Gos. Wake up America.

Posted by: COWENS99 | August 31, 2010 12:49 AM | Report abuse

This rally was the "establishment" PEACEFULLY reasserting themselves.

With repackaged misrepresentation, the pot-smoking, FRIED EGGS BRAIN-DEAD LSD-induced psychedelic hippies of the late 60's and early 70's put on ties and jackets to fraudulently win the White House and the Congress.

No sane person would have voted these thugs into office. It is apparent these "anti-establishment" pathetic souls have no clue what to do with their golden opportunity...except defensively invalidate any logical strategy or pragmatic recommendation. The result is division and antipathy because these charlatans will be exposed as having no business acumen, merely an incompetent crew at a never-ending intoxicated drug-induced party, b-s-ing their way one day at a time, with a sense of narcissistic entitlement, attempting to make the citizens and aliens of this country into a monochromatic facsimile of each other.

Obama spends like a drunken sailor, especially extravagances for himself, all on the public tab; he has no ability to play economic chess. (Indonesians have no knowledge of Ben Franklin's, "a penny saved is a penny earned.")

Obama, violating Congressional authority has pledged $140 billion to the IMF, defending it as "foreign policy" for wealth redistribution to 3rd world countries.

Beck may be an Elmer Gantry, but he is not dropping out so fast. The self-admitted pot-smoking "cokehead-in-chief (and more) delusionary Obama and his sleepy teleprompter probably will......Let the committee investigations begin!

Posted by: furtiveadmirer | August 31, 2010 1:16 AM | Report abuse

htruman1,
Liberal, criminally insane and immature too. What a surprise. The Democratic Party trifecta.

Posted by: tulsa_dave | August 31, 2010 1:48 AM | Report abuse

There are many Americans that do not buy into the propaganda that is being spread by Sharpton, Jackson, Robinson, Milloy, Capehart and all the other race-hustling poverty pimps that seem to have come out of the woodwork since the election of Obama.

see for yourself:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtIuFovFulw&feature=player_embedded

Posted by: tulsa_dave | August 31, 2010 1:53 AM | Report abuse

Glenn Beck is a racist. He called the President a racist because he spoke out on behalf of a black man's civil rights (Henry Louis Gates Jr.). By defending racist Glenn Beck and using her uncle Martin Luther King Jr. to do so, she definitely dishonored the principles of equality and non-racism that King stood for and therefore dishonored him.

Posted by: Smooth_Jazz | August 31, 2010 2:52 AM | Report abuse

It's so gobsmacking how 47 years later you think Dr. King's message was about homosexuality and baby killing. Did you ever take a black history course in school? Do you really believe Dr. King supported abortion, which is a genocidal attack on African-American? Are you serious?

Posted by: shecallsmemoe | August 31, 2010 4:07 AM | Report abuse

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/71886

Posted by: g55rumpy | August 31, 2010 4:37 AM | Report abuse

Race and sexual orientation are not the same nor will they ever be. Racism and homosexuality should not be tied together. No one can choose their race. Martin Luther King did not say anything in his speech about homosexuality.

Posted by: eas0596 | August 31, 2010 5:32 AM | Report abuse

Atta boy Capehart, nice racist rant. So Dr. King and his words only belong to blacks? Well kiss my white rear end. How black of you to point out Dr. King's niece as a traitor to her people. I thought we were all Americans but leave it to a liberal to add that most important hyphen to her name.

Posted by: elcigaro1 | August 31, 2010 7:14 AM | Report abuse

RACIST!

Posted by: frankn1 | August 31, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Capehart would you be saying the same thing if it was a gay issue?

Why dont you report on our Education Secretary -radical old Arne Duncan sending out a memo this is staff of 4,000 that they shoud attend the Al Sharpton rally.... pressuring employees to back up that racist Sharpton ?

Write about that Capehart !!!!

Posted by: JUNGLEJIM123 | August 31, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Capehart would you be saying the same thing if it was a gay issue?

Why dont you report on our Education Secretary -radical old Arne Duncan sending out a memo to his staff of 4,000 that they should attend the Al Sharpton rally.... pressuring employees to back up that racist Sharpton ?

Write about that Capehart !!!!

Posted by: JUNGLEJIM123 | August 31, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Although I do not usually agree with your politics, I have at times seen your columns a voice of reason (in comparison to Robinson and Milbank). But this article is definitely an "us against them" statement.

My only complaint about Beck's rally has to be the religious aspect. "Christian moral values" should have been amended to refer to American moral values.

Your criticism should be directed at Rev. Sharpton. He certainly didn't show "Christian moral values". He appears to thrive on racial division. Alveda King is more in tune with MLK's vision than Sharpton.

Posted by: bethg1841 | August 31, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

You realize that MLK, Jr. was a devout Christian who was definitely pro-life and probably anti-gay marriage right?

Posted by: djblum | August 31, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Noting riles up the Left more than one of their 'darkies' leaves the Plantation.

Posted by: twann9852 | August 31, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Alveda King stood alone on Glenn Beck's stage knowing what arrows would be coming her way (from the quivers of liberals, blacks as well as whites).

Jonathan Capeheart stands among a contingent of wretched liberals who can only sling their arrows at her because they have nothing constructive to contribute to the important dialog that Beck has initiated.

Do you see the juxtaposition of courage and cowardice: the courage to stand alone against the cowardice of those who attack from the safety of a crowd?

So how do you feel Capeheart? Apparently the shame is on you and the rest of your ilk.

Posted by: bryanmcoleman | August 31, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

It is simple. Alveda King is entitled to be as venal and have whatever opinion she wants. If one examines her past, much exists there to support Mr Capehart. Mr Beck is entitled to vicks vaporub his eyes so the tears show phonily on his TV show. He is also entitled to try and coopt MLK's words to some sort of twisted 21st century born again, book selling, uber wierd conservative agendized format. Mr Capehart is entitled to his opinion regarding the other 2 mentioned here.
My opinion is that I watched the C Span coverage of Mr Becks snake oil show. There were more African Americans on stage, than there was in the audience, at least where I looked whenever the camera panned? So much for deestablishing racism and taking Dr King at his word? Seemed more to me that Dr Kings words were being somewhat cunningly skewed for a small bunch of middle aged, scared white folks so they could feel good and self righteous about themselves, in their own twisted born again by a mormon no less, way. I was embarrassed for my country at this maudlin display. I was embarrassed that even 80,000 people could be so misled. But, as stated, it is simple, they are simple, and I am entitled to my opinion.

Posted by: pressman123 | August 31, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

What a load of old twaddle! Alveda was carrying her uncles message forward. Which was racial harmony and fair wages. Time has moved on and Glen Beck is the new left. The fact that you have a black president is not the issue - it's wether he is up to the job.
Come on, imagine him white....wouldn't you rather have George Bush back?

Posted by: GismoFly | August 31, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

To the poster who commented on "pro-life" vs. "anti-choice," the truth is they're both euphemisms, euphemisms I got sick of a long time ago. Everyone likes life; everyone likes choices; the terms are meaningless.

When we talk about abortion, we need to use the word *abortion.* Although it's clunky, I think the most straightforward terminology we can use is "pro-legalized-abortion" or "anti-legalized-abortion" (with whatever exceptions you might want to specify).

Posted by: SK21 | August 31, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

On another note, I think it's misplaced for the author to have brought up Alveda King's stance on abortion at all. Did MLK favor legalized abortion? I'm not at all sure he did - certainly it was not part of his widely known platform. By holding Dr. King up as a patron saint of all modern liberal causes, which he was not, it's people like this writer who are hijacking his message.

Posted by: SK21 | August 31, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

davis_renee; all,

to davis: YES, i knew him and was in Memphis the night that he was murdered, as MANY other southern students were.
(at the time that he was slaughtered, i was in the ER having my foot put in a cast.- i had stepped in a pothole during the march for garbagemen's rights.)

i fear that you are either a BIGOT, a FOOL or simply brain-DEAD. = do you REALLY not know that racist creeps don't like AmerIndians, Asians, Jews & Latinos any better than they do Blacks?

EQUAL RIGHTS are for EVERY person, regardless of skin-tone!

to ALL: several people mentioned Dr King's faults. = YES, he like women all too well (and they threw themselves AT him, by the hundreds & sometimes he committed adultery.) AND drank more liquor than was appropriate for a Baptist preacher BUT as i said earlier we ALL have faults & commit SINS.
(i have more "blood on my hands" than most & have been forgiven those sins by the GRACE of GOD.)

those of you who damn him for his sins (and ignore the GOOD that he DID), might wish to check out the teachings of Jesus, who said, "He who is without SIN, cast the FIRST stone."

also, anyone who expects that ANY mortal man is to be PERFECT is a naive FOOL & will forever be disappointed.

yours, TN46

Posted by: texasnative46 | August 31, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Who is shocked and by what? That Ms. King even used the status symbol words of "White privilege" is by far the greatest proof that time stood still 47 years ago and the hour of equality has not come.

Shocked? Be shocked about the acknowledging applause Ms. King received by telling White America that they are still on top after 47 years of white privilege from sea to shining sea !

Posted by: giaramos2010 | August 31, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

What is Mr. Kings favorite and most qouted line? That people would be judged by the content of their character rather than their skin color. And what I have read regarding some of these comments sure brings out the character of some people. Some are calling Alveda King an Uncle Tom? Dispicable. She is trash? Ridiculous. And then the discussion turns to homosexuality and abortion? Disgraceful. Regardless of what you think about Beck, he has made his point, and it is coming through in these comments; there is something wrong with our country. Once belief in GOD is discarded, we get these type of discussions.
MLK was a christian, and I believe he would be disgusted by what is being said here, regardless of your skin color or political/social beliefs.

Posted by: AMCLUCAS | August 31, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Aveda has the right to speak her mind but should do so with the disclaimer that her views are her own and do not reflect the opinions and legacy of MLK. Ronald Reagan and Ron Reagan Jr. did not share the same political views but Ron Jr. would never distort, disrespect or try to cash in on President Reagan's legacy. Ms King tries to give the impression that she was annoited by MLK to speak on his behalf and that her perspectives and Dr. King's view are one in the same. Dr. King was no conservative; he often said "discrimination against one is discrimination against all." Martin would be very disturbed at this country's treatment of gays, undocumented people and funding cuts to programs that take care of poor women who heed Aveda's call not to have an abortion.
Finally, Dr. King often made used of the word "brotherhood" in his speeches, a term that means looking past our differences to work for the common good with our fellow men and women. The 1963 March reflected brotherhood in that people of all religions and backgrounds were on the stage with Dr. King..the rally was organized by a gay Black man, Jewish rabbis, labor leaders and advocates for the poor were speakers in 1963...I don't think any gay people or Muslims spoke at Beck's rally and little was said about helping the poor. Did any Jewish rabbis speak at Beck's rally? To paraphase Lloyd Benson; Aveda King, I knew MLK and what he stood for and Aveda, you're no MLK.

Posted by: oorfenegro | August 31, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

You're right on JC -- being a relative is an accident of birth--not a protective mantle that allows one to say anything, no matter how inane, silly or stupid, and get away with it in the name of a relative who actually knew what he was fighting for and willing to die for. So Alveda King, you've had your 15 minutes of fame--probably what you always craved while your uncle and his family were in the spotlight. Now go back to your little corner of of obscurity and shut up!

Posted by: luvzkidz | August 31, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

pressman123,

you really should consider that OPENING your mouth & spewing out STUPIDITY, BILGE & FOOLISHNESS makes you appear to be a FOOL. = perhaps you should also consider buying a cork for your mouth - but you'll need a REALLY big cork.

fwiw, the 400-600,000 people who attended the Restoring Honor rally were racially & ethnically diverse as America IS. = YES, i know that THE TRUTH doesn't fit the PRECONCEPTIONS/BIGOTRY of the DIMocRATS, the main-SLIME media and the "professional civil rights leadership", but it is still THE TRUTH.

i was THERE & saw MANY Asians, African-Americans, AmerIndians, Jews, Latinos & LOTS of other "minority group members".

IF you didn't see those "persons other than white", perhaps it is because you are BLINDED by hate-FILLED/arrogant ignorance, PREJUDICE & RACISM. ====> you might think on that.

yours, TN46

Posted by: texasnative46 | August 31, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

This writer seems misguided and I will say almost lost. This is what it is. It is not racist or a bigoted rally. Please educate yourself. This was not about King, it was about the wrong direction America is going. Also shame on the left leaning media. You are not doing your country a benefit by spewing this kins of cuck.

Posted by: cpair55 | August 31, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Wow..reading your article about the Shame of Alveda King was not shocking. People like yourself, who want to hold on to the past and keep pushing the hate, you ought to be ashamed. The young people of today shouldn't be told what to think, they should be able to make up their minds for themselves. You need to open your eyes and see good in people and not judge based on their race. Remember, all men/women are created equal and Glenn Beck's message was just that. The Restoring America rally was an uplifting, come together place for the good of all people. Stop the hate message you are sending.

Posted by: britt0194 | August 31, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Au contraire Capehart...I was alive in August of 1963. Your learning filter is clogged. Based on what I saw and heard back then, I think that Dr. King would be very proud of Alveda. He would be very embarrassed for the likes of you, Robinson, Sharpton etal.

Posted by: DQuixote1 | August 31, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Alveda escaped the political-correctness and identity-politics plantation. Uncle Martin would be proud.

Posted by: Ynot1 | August 31, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

There's a lot of criticism of Capehart, accusing him of racism. I believe his criticism of Alveda King's participation was because her overall beliefs were not consistent with Dr. King's beliefs in equality for all. I doubt if Dr. King would agree with her stand against gays or pro-choice. So Capehart's criticism is that Beck and she tried to associate Dr. King's name with a set of things with which he would disagree.

Posted by: asm_ith | August 31, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Aveda King ignores the fact that while Martin had closely held religious views, he never insisted that others follow his beliefs, or have the govt equate religious beliefs with secular law. Martin was a liberal who believed in the philosophy of liberation theology in that religious leaders have a moral responsibility to bring about social change for all people, particularly the poor, the imprisoned and the disenfranchised, something you don't hear much about today from religious leaders, particularly megachurch preachers. One of Dr. King's favorite lines was "discrimation against one is discrimation against all." The main organizer of the 1963 March on Washington was a gay man and the '63 speakers list included advocates for the poor, labor leaders, rabbis and the crowd was a mix of Blacks and Whites like Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner who would be killed a year later in Mississippi. There were few non-Whites in the Beck rally crowd, nor were there gays,labor leaders, Muslims/Arabs or Asian Americans with any key speaking roles. Beck, Aveda and other conservatives will have more credibility when they can attract the racial, ethnic and economic diversity of the first King March, the Obama inaguration or the Saints Super Bowl parade.

Posted by: oorfenegro | August 31, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

The rally that most embodied MLK's message was Glenn Beck's. The group that think they own it, Sharpton's, was racist and hateful. But what's new? I know which one MLK would most approve of.

Posted by: silvernana | August 31, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Jonathon Capehard is right on target. Alveda King should be ashamed to dishonor M.L. King's memory. Her witless crusade against women's freedom of conscience on reproductive matters is the very opposite of what her uncle stood for. She and Glenn Beck are two peas in a pod. -- Edd Doerr, www.arlinc.org

Posted by: EddDoerr | August 31, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

For Palin haters and lovers... A great review of Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor Rally at the gay boyz site:
http://hillbuzz.org/

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Wow, what a 'small-minded' man, but with a perfect score this week with Mehlman and now King. I've seen your commentary on MSNBC, don't know what they see in your commentary (definitely not 'heavy-weight').

Posted by: old_saab | August 31, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

oorfrenegro; all,

OBVIOUSLY you were NOT present at the Rally on Saturday. - i was there and the NONSENSE that you have been spoon-fed by the "obama-worshiping media" is, AT BEST, fiction and at WORST a knowing "PACK OF LIES".

in point of FACT, the rally last Saturday was MORE DIVERSE than the 1963 march, which is NOT surprising because AMERICA is more diverse than the nation was 47 years ago.

face it, the main-SLIME media LIES. = you (& much of the nation) were "played" by arrogant, ELITIST, slimy, dishonest, "talking heads", who wouldn't spit on you if you were on fire.
it's no more complicated than that.

yours, TN46

Posted by: texasnative46 | August 31, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Please -- "anti-choice" not "pro-life." Those of us who are pro-choice are also pro-life. It was sickening to see this woman and Glenn Beck and his minions in the same place that Dr. King stood (I was alive; it's a vivid memory), but Alveda King does not have the power to "besmirch" his legacy.

Posted by: loco71 | August 30, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse
Conversely, that makes your side "anti-life" not "pro-choice." You can't have it both ways. As for you having a "vivid memory," that's only because your momma was pro-life.

Posted by: spteach54 | August 31, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Dr. King was pro-Choice!
In 1960, I was a white Presbyterian theological student in Atlanta attending Dr. king's church and he became my pastor. I was struggling with the question of abortion vs. choice and I asked his opinion.
He told me that occasionally a woman comes to him for counsel, struggling with a pregnancy. He said that they usually know what they want to do, and he tries to help them work that through and deal with the problems. They had to deal with husband, boy friend, family, work, religious beliefs, etc. He simply gave them non-directive support in making their own choices. Dr. King was pro-choice. He did not deal with this in public, but in practice, as a minister.
In my ministry I have followed his example, and been quite public, founding Alabama Clergy for Choice and escorting women through the lines of Operation picketers, in my collar. Those of us who are public in our support of women making their choices give great strength to women who otherwise are buffeted by the screams of those who distort the message and role of the church and the message of faith. Again, Dr. King was pro-Choice!

Posted by: jzylman | September 1, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

You OBVIOUSLY KNOW NOTHING as to WHY Alveda King made a decision to be at the "Restoring America Rally" at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial where her Uncle was killed.
Information regarding this event was KEPT FROM THE MEDIA and because of this, THEIR IGNORANCE IS SHOWING - BIGTIME!
When Glenn Beck is on TV, I take NO PHONECALLS and I pray noone will come to the door BECAUSE I have learned more from him in ONE WEEK than I did in grade school, high school and college years.
Just bumped into this quote - many can learn by it - -
An honest, sensible and well-bred man
will NOT insult me, and no other can.
--- Pope

Alveda King will NEVER insult, nor will Glenn Beck. Remember the phrase, Do NOT judge? Sorry your ignorance, and perhaps personal feelings, got in the way of the TRUTH regarding Alveda King.


Posted by: gestey2000 | September 1, 2010 7:16 AM | Report abuse

You OBVIOUSLY KNOW NOTHING as to WHY Alveda King made a decision to be at the "Restoring America Rally" at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial where her Uncle was killed.
Information regarding this event was KEPT FROM THE MEDIA and because of this, THEIR IGNORANCE IS SHOWING - BIGTIME!
When Glenn Beck is on TV, I take NO PHONECALLS and I pray noone will come to the door BECAUSE I have learned more from him in ONE WEEK than I did in grade school, high school and college years.
Just bumped into this quote - many can learn by it - -
An honest, sensible and well-bred man
will NOT insult me, and no other can.
--- Pope

Alveda King will NEVER insult, nor will Glenn Beck. Remember the phrase, Do NOT judge? Sorry your ignorance, and perhaps personal feelings, got in the way of the TRUTH regarding Alveda King.


Posted by: gestey2000 | September 1, 2010 7:17 AM | Report abuse

You OBVIOUSLY KNOW NOTHING as to WHY Alveda King made a decision to be at the "Restoring America Rally" at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial where her Uncle was killed.
Information regarding this event was KEPT FROM THE MEDIA and because of this, THEIR IGNORANCE IS SHOWING - BIGTIME!
When Glenn Beck is on TV, I take NO PHONECALLS and I pray noone will come to the door BECAUSE I have learned more from him in ONE WEEK than I did in grade school, high school and college years.
Just bumped into this quote - many can learn by it - -
An honest, sensible and well-bred man
will NOT insult me, and no other can.
--- Pope

Alveda King will NEVER insult, nor will Glenn Beck. Remember the phrase, Do NOT judge? Sorry your ignorance, and perhaps personal feelings, got in the way of the TRUTH regarding Alveda King.


Posted by: gestey2000 | September 1, 2010 7:19 AM | Report abuse

Texasnative...The 1963 rally reflective the diversity of the era, people from the labor movement, organizations representing the poor, a coalition of all religions and ethnic groups of the era. I didn't hear or see much at Beck's march that didn't reflect a White Christian view of the world, even though a few token Black, Hispanic and Jewish speakers appeared with Beck. As I said the New Orleans Super Bowl party, and the Obama inaguration represented diversity in that people of every race, religion, sexual orientation and even political parties were at both events. If you had a dollar for every gay, Arab, Muslim or Democrat who attended Beck's rally, you probably couldn't get on the Metro.

Posted by: oorfenegro | September 1, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

oorfenegro,

as i said, you were "PLAYED" by the DIMocRAT/BHO- worshiping media.

YES or NO, were you PRESENT at the rally?
(i was there & know/told the TRUTH, whether the TRUTH is what you want to hear or NOT.)

btw, i am NOT a "white person"; intead i'm NA. - i am our Tribal Government's "selected messenger" to the federal government
(i have NO real authority to do anything except follow the instructions of the tribal council of elders). = essentially i'm a lobbyist for our tribe.

we also brought a bus-load (about 50) of our members to DC for the rally. (we are a small tribe & we don't have a lot of money for "bus trips" from TX.)
"the news media" went out of their way to NOT photograph our members in our traditional "native dress".= showing NA supporting the rally was NOT in the best interest of the LYING media/DIMocRAT Party/hate-FILLED LEFTISTS/BHO.

the FACTS are that you are a VICTIM of mass-media LIES. = i PERSONALLY saw MANY other "persons of color" at the rally.

fyi, THE TRUTH is not affected by what you WISH had happened last Saturday at the rally. it is NOT dependent on your PREJUDICES/opinions/beliefs = TRUTH is just that: TRUTH.
(may i suggest that you OPEN YOUR EYES, understand that you were LIED TO & PLAYED for a FOOL & see THE TRUTH?)

yours, TN46

Posted by: texasnative46 | September 1, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

A King relative is castigated because she refuses to tow the leftist-liberal, Democratic line on race? And this is what passes for "Post-Partisan" at the fair-and-balanced Washington Post? Puh-LEEZE! (How dumb do you think we are?)

Posted by: sharon22 | September 2, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Jonathan Capehart compares the Martin Luther King march of 1963 with the Glenn Beck rally of 2010, which is especially interesting in that he admits having attended neither. (In contrast, let me just mention in passing that I attended both.)

Admittedly, Mr. Capehart has a good excuse for not having attended Dr. King’s event. He indicates he had not yet been born. But that doesn’t mean that he shouldn’t know about it, especially the date: it was August 28, not, as he writes, August 29. That he should know: after all, it’s in all the history books and newspapers.

Posted by: vancegarnett | September 2, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

vancegarnett; Mr Capehart,

fwiw, the date of The March on Washinton is NOT the only thing that Mr Capehart is DEAD WRONG about.

his editorial rants have many errors of fact & logic, but no matter because he's a "good little DIMocRAT", who happily follows "the party line", no matter how STUPID/FALSE the "official DIMocRAT position" may be.

imVho, it is the blind obedience to the policies of the most extreme, lunatic, LEFTIST fringe of the DIMocRATS Party that will eventually SINK the washington COMpost, just as the NY SLIMES is headed for bankruptcy.
("the gray lady" has lost over 25% of their readers in the last 3 years & over 1/3 of their advertizing, too.)

just my opinion.

yours, TN46

Posted by: texasnative46 | September 2, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

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