Martin Luther King and Reality
By 1960, Black activists had gotten everything they claimed they wanted in the 1940s and '50s, namely desegregation. Several years after this great Black victory, nothing had really changed. The only thing that would ever enable Blacks to succeed was hard work and self reliance, but an aspiring, ambitious individual named Martin Luther King saw no money in telling the truth. King decided to make a career out of exploiting White guilt and using racial inequality for his own personal gain.
Most Blacks were still on the bottom of the economic heap despite desegregation. Black test scores were not rocketing upwards in the new desegregated schools. Black admissions and graduates at good quality universities remained at a trickle. By attacking "the system" and leading a loud, noisy movement that implicitly promised Blacks that they would soon be equal to Whites, King discovered that he could continue to be a celebrity.
If King admitted that that American Blacks are 15 IQ points less intelligent than Whites on average and that as a group they will never have equal financial success to Whites, he would have ended his political career. Blacks in Africa incidentally score 30 IQ points lower than Whites on average. The typical Black in America is actually a mixed race individual with about 25 percent White ancestry. The Blacks in prison tend to have the lowest foreheads and the least amount of White ancestry.
An honest assessment of Blacks in America is that about ten percent of them will do well in higher education and professional jobs while most Blacks are suited for semi-skilled labor and the bottom third of Blacks really can't do much more than the simplest of manual labor.
The leaders of the civil rights movement however were never in the business of honesty, they were in the business of selling illusions. They have been holding out the "carrot" of equal outcome for the last fifty years and ordinary Blacks (and quite a few liberal Whites) have been chasing that carrot while pulling along the cart that Black leaders have been riding in for fifty years.
Any honest leader of the Black community would have retired after desegregation was ended. He could have told his followers "OK. The public schools, universities and business can't ban you anymore. From now on, if you don't succeed, it's because you're not trying hard enough." The only problem with this approach is the Black leader would have to get a real job and become a functioning member of society.
Martin Luther King however enjoyed the spotlight too much. He was making far more money as a Black leader than he would ever make as a small time Baptist Minister or snake oil salesman. After segregation was eliminated, Blacks demanded that the federal government pass a Civil Rights Bill making it a federal crime to discriminate on the basis of race. The federal government would now have the role of putting every business under a microscope to ferret out any discrimination.
Did Martin Luther King quit after the Civil Rights Law was passed? No. He continued to demagogue and organize more civil disobedience (and riots). Plan A was desegregation. Plan B was an intrusive federal Civil Rights Law and Plan C was outright racial discrimination in favor of Blacks at the expense of Whites in the form of quotas.
So, after telling Blacks for two decades that racial discrimination was "wrong and evil" and immediately after pressuring the federal government to pass a Civil Rights Law that said it was "illegal" to racially discriminate, Martin Luther King started down the road to racial quotas and "reverse discrimination."
Assuming that mankind survives the current period of insanity that we live in, future historians will look back on Martin Luther King as one of the biggest phonies and con men in American history. King plagiarized his doctoral dissertation as one admiring liberal academic found out when studying the "great" man's work (much to his horror). King frequently used money from his Southern "Christian" Leadership Conference to hire prostitutes for his insatiable appetite. (Curiously he was never put on trial for mail fraud for this blatant misuse of funds.) And King was still making demands and rabble rousing even after segregation ended and the 1964 Civil Rights Law was passed.
By the mid-1960s, Martin Luther King was pushing for a system of quotas. King even said "society... (should) do something special for the Negro." (Ref. 1) Not only was King a phony --selling the illusion of an impossible "equal outcome" to little old Black ladies and insane White liberals, King ultimately was a hypocrite --pushing for blatant racial discrimination against White people in the form of racial quotas.
1).Martin Luther King Supported Affirmative Action