Martin Luther King Jr., the Civil Rights Leader credited with almost single-handedly bringing an end to the Jim Crow-era and securing equal rights for black Americans, whose birthday is now a national holiday, who now has his own monument in Washington D.C. alongside Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt, and who has countless roads and schools named after him across the country, apparently had a dark side that is about to be uncovered for the nation to see:
“Secret FBI tapes that accuse Martin Luther King Jr of having extramarital affairs with ’40 to 45 women’ and even claim he ‘looked on and laughed’ as a pastor friend raped a parishioner exist, an author has claimed.
The civil rights hero was also heard allegedly joking he was the founder of the ‘International Association for the Advancement of P***y-Eaters’ on an agency recording that was obtained by bugging his room, according to the sensational claims made by biographer David Garrow – a Pulitzer prize-winning author and biographer of MLK.”
This guy Garrow won a Pulitzer Prize in 1987 for his biography on MLK. Hardly seems like a guy with an axe to grind against MLK. This makes his claims credible.
“Writing in British magazine Standpoint, Garrow says that the shocking files could lead to a ‘painful historical reckoning’ for the man who is celebrated across the world for his campaign against racial injustice.
Along with many US civil rights figures, King was subject to an FBI campaign of surveillance ordered by Director J Edgar Hoover in an effort to undermine his power amid fears he could have links to the Communist Party.”
From what I recall, it should not be news to anyone that MLK was relentlessly spied on and even blackmailed by the FBI. I thought this was fairly common knowledge because I remember hearing it long before reading this article. Some time ago I remember coming across that anonymous letter sent to MLK trying to blackmail him into killing himself. That letter has been publicly known since the 1970s.
I also remember hearing in the past that MLK was a serial philanderer, and I feel like this, too, was fairly common knowledge prior to the publication of this article. In fact MLK’s philandering was pretty obviously the central focus of the anonymous letter.
The difference now is that we have a Pulitzer-winning author going on record about it all and detailing specific allegations.
“The FBI surveillance tapes detailing his indiscretions are being held in a vault at the U.S. National Archives and are not due for release until 2027.”
And who knows if we’ll even get them then.
“But David Garrow, a biographer of King who won a Pulitzer Prize for his 1987 book Bearing the Cross about the Baptist minister, has unearthed the FBI summaries of the various incidents.
In an article to be published in Standpoint, Garrow tells how the FBI planted transmitters in two lamps in hotel rooms booked by King in January 1964, according to The Sunday Times.
The recording from the Willard Hotel near the White House shows how King was accompanied his friend Logan Kearse, the pastor of Baltimore’s Cornerstone Baptist church who died in 1991, along with several female parishioners of his church.
In King’s hotel room, the files claim they then ‘discussed which women among the parishioners would be suitable for natural and unnatural sex acts’.
The FBI document says: ‘When one of the women protested that she did not approve, the Baptist minister immediately and forcefully raped her’ as King watched.
He is alleged to have ‘looked on, laugh and offered advice’ during the encounter. FBI agents were in the room next door but did not intervene.
The following day, King and a dozen others allegedly participated in a ‘sex orgy’ engaging in ‘acts of degeneracy and depravity’. When one woman showed reluctance, King was allegedly heard saying that performing the act ‘would help your soul’.
This is some bizarre stuff.
“Senior FBI officials later sent King a copy of the incriminating tape and called him an ‘evil abnormal beast’ and his sexual exploits would be ‘on record for all time’.
The letter also suggested he should commit suicide before his wrongs were revealed to the world.”
So this was what the anonymous letter referred to.
“King’s philandering has long been suspected, however Garrow, who spent several months digging through the archive material, said he had no idea of the scale or the ugliness of it and his apparent indifference to rape until he saw the files.
He said: ‘It poses so fundamental a challenge to his historical stature as to require the most complete and extensive historical review possible.'”
You’d think in the #MeToo-era this type of story would be a bigger deal, but I guess not.
Will there be demands to remove MLK’s name from the countless streets and schools that are named after him? I doubt it.