Several racists called into C-SPAN during a broadcast remembering the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr.
Callers attacked King and black people while speaking to C-SPAN host Pedro Echevarria.
One caller named Anita offered her bigotry with a backhanded compliment of King:
[King’s] legacy was that people need to try to work together and get along. And I will tell you, here in Magnolia, the black people are more prejudiced against whites than we are against them.
Another caller, Patrick from Trenton, New Jersey, blamed King because “blacks burned the town down after he was killed”:
So this idea that King was a man of peace and gentle and wanting just to do things the peaceful way — our town got burned down. What you do is when you raise one group up — the blacks’ so-called civil rights — you’re taking privileges away from another group.
Today’s real meaning of this day — you have to look at it. It’s James Earl Ray, the lone-wolf assassin. He had a dream and James Earl Ray’s dream came true.
A third caller, Robert, claimed the news media had concealed information about King for fifty years:
The fact that he’s known as a doctor, his doctorate was actually plagiarized. He is actually known as a plagiarist for also stealing the ‘I have a dream’ speech from another black pastor. He also was a communist agitator. That’s his legacy.
“And also being a philanderer. There’s a reason the FBI — I’m sorry, a judge, a pro-King judge sealed the FBI’s files on Dr. King or should I say Michael King, which is actually his real name. He actually didn’t have his real name legally changed.
The fact that he was bugged in that hotel the night before [he was murdered], there’s a reason why the judge sealed the file because he was beating up on prostitutes which he routinely saw. This was known…
(Source: C-SPAN via YouTube)