What MLK REALLY said about Malcolm X, and more, revealed in new biography

Jonathan Eig’s ‘King: A Life’ is the first major biography in decades to be written on the civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr.—it is also the first biography to include recently declassified FBI files on King and the Civil Rights Movement. As the book’s description notes, Eig’s explosive new biography “casts fresh light on the King family’s origins as well as MLK’s complex relationships with his wife, father, and fellow activists. ‘King’ reveals a minister wrestling with his own human frailties and dark moods, a citizen hunted by his own government, and a man determined to fight for justice even if it proved to be a fight to the death.” TRNN contributor Anders Lee speaks with Eig about the process of researching and writing a new biography of one of the nation’s most celebrated figures and mourned martyrs.

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32 thoughts on “What MLK REALLY said about Malcolm X, and more, revealed in new biography

  1. Good to know Anders Lee found life after Redacted Tonight . One of my favorite correspondents, funny and insightful.
    This piece was well done, carry on!

  2. 29:03 King was “trying to fight for capitalism”?

    That statement alone — let alone the way he so casually asserts it as if it were an obvious and simple fact — disqualifies the book.

    How can we trust the work produced by an author who displays such a fundamentally flawed analysis/understanding of his subject? (Either that’s true of the author or else he knew better which would make him a liar. Not saying that’s the case, just saying it seems one of those two has to be true. Either way, would reach the same conclusion: can’t trust the work.)

  3. Dude was anti-capitalist: “[W]e are saying that something is wrong … with capitalism…. There must be better distribution of wealth and maybe America must move toward a democratic socialism.” – MLK

  4. “You can’t talk about solving the economic problem of the Negro without talking about billions of dollars. You can’t talk about ending the slums without first saying profit must be taken out of slums. You’re really tampering and getting on dangerous ground because you are messing with folk then. You are messing with captains of industry. Now this means that we are treading in difficult water, because it really means that we are saying that something is wrong with capitalism.” – MLK

  5. “I imagine you already know that I am much more socialistic in my economic theory than capitalistic… [Capitalism] started out with a noble and high motive… but like most human systems it fell victim to the very thing it was revolting against. So today capitalism has out-lived its usefulness.” – MLK

  6. How on earth can you say he wasnt anticapitalist? He literally compared it to racism! “The evils of capitalism are as real as the evils of militarism and evils of racism.” – MLK

  7. "Call it democracy, or call it democratic socialism, but there must be a better distribution of wealth within this country for all God's children." – MLK

  8. Although our American history has been distorted by greeds of powers on many sides throughout our history, when one reads from great historians from our past, one grows.
    (We are all only human.)
    Dr. Martin Luther KingJr did lead with sincerity and courage. Who would not be depressed at times with all he strode through even as many of his own turned turned against him?
    It would have been advantageous if Malcom X and he could have had the moments of joining hands to further equal rights and justice for Afro-American people.
    We know who murdered Dr. Martin Luther KingJr. And subsequently it was not Earl Ray. That has been proven and the King family received their compensation on that finding. As for today, we are finding out the truth about Malcolm X, more has come forward.
    RIP 🙏❤️ both Dr. Martin Luther KingJr and Malcolm X for both your efforts for challenging white supremacy.
    These are just my opinions and anyone has the right to agree or disagree with me.
    As children we all grow up with families he stay stuck and do not grow until one learns for his or herself what freedom of thought means no matter which part of this country one lives in.
    Thank you both for this discussion again. Congratulations on another book written about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
    With the deepest appreciation and respect for the Real News Network. I now have learned to make a pledge to the network this morning as I have done also for Chris Hedges.
    The Real News Network I want to thank you for all you do to allow all of us together to gather together for growth in our world full of insanity.
    Cornel West for president 2024.

  9. popular culture of the late sixties reflected the radical nature of the times. Eig may not have heard about this in school, but he certainly heard it on the street. "Abraham, Martin and John" is a 1968 song written by Dick Holler. It was first recorded by Dion, in a version that was a substantial North American chart hit in 1968–1969. Near-simultaneous cover versions by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles and Moms Mabley also charted in the U.S. in 1969, and a version that same year by Marvin Gaye became the hit version in the UK. It was also a hit as part of a medley (with "What the World Needs Now Is Love") for Tom Clay in 1971, and has subsequently been recorded by many other artists.

  10. King speaks of economic equality, but you say he is neither socialist or marxist. Do social democrats call for economic equality? Did they then? Do they today?

  11. America allowed MLK to Dream about a Multicultural America, but America would not let MLK be known for his Economic message.
    “As long as there is poverty in this world, no man can be totally rich even if he has a billion dollars.” Dr. King,

  12. “We created the conditions that got MLK assassinated.” 100% true!!! That goes for the many that have fallen and reigns true today. If they don’t use bullets on your body they’ll use lies and half truths to assassinate your character.

  13. "Work to change the system…not just complain…much bolder." Stealing land is pretty bold too. Sitting on stolen land writing about how black and brown people should struggle and not complain. No God, No Problem. MLK was headlocked by God. We need atheist leaders who understand and teach big history.

  14. It is not honest to say that government involvement has not been proven in Kings assassination. I was absolutely proven in a court case..And this is the problem when it comes to the telling of these stories by others .No one wants to hold the government responsible for King Malcolm and the Kennedy's when we all know the truth.

  15. How did MLK get transformed into a "Model Minority" and "Respectable Negro"…this is what I have issue with over MLK's Public Image. I have so little use for Respectability Politics" and the ineffectual Black Church these days. They have both become tiresome and obsolete.

  16. My father knew MLK Sr back in the 1940's. Dad said, that MLK Sr carried himself with such dignity, that even in the midst of the Jim Crow era in Atlanta in the Deep South, both whites & blacks treated him with great respect. It helped, that he was a little famous locally for his international trip to the big protestant convention, in Dresden, Germany in the early 1930's.
    Unlike later, MLK Sr overshadowed MLK Jr, until MLK Jr went away to preach in Montgomery, Alabama. Like the saying in The Bible which goes something like this: A prophet is rarely respected in his own land, MLK Jr had to go away to get out from under the shadow of his father.

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