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So Jackie Onassis Kennedy Hated Martin Luther King...

Updated on September 16, 2015

So Jackie Onassis Kennedy Hated Martin Luther King…

OK, Jackie did not hate Martin Luther King, but she thought that he was a phony because she was privy to his dalliances outside of his marriage. Years ago in Antioch, California, being new to this country and happy to have indoor plumbing, much less access to my father’s library, I spent an inordinate of time there consuming information about my Black heroes, including Martin Luther King. My father, being privy to certain celebrity secrets from being a police officer… also told me that in the future that I would hear about MLK’s alleged plagiarism and having extra-marital affairs. This negative information about MLK’s life did not take away how I felt about him, then at fifteen and now. I have always wondered why do most Blacks put much credence into the Kennedys, or, moreover, Democrats – they take advantage of Blacks knowing that we, as a whole, will always be voting for them and sending them to the halls of power.

It was Malcolm X who said in his bio, the one authored by Alex Haley of Roots’ fame, that the difference between Democrats and Republicans… is that the former will call a Black a ‘nigger’ in private, but the latter will do so in his or her presence - so when I heard that the late Jackie Kennedy had less than kind things to say about MLK... it did not surprise me. I am taken aback though because Jackie’s criticizing of MLK about womanizing is akin to the pot calling the kettle black (pun intended); I am almost certain that if there were an ex President who might have had a STD… it would have been Jackie’s husband, JFK. I wonder when Jackie saw those iconic images of the late Marilyn Monroe serenading JFK on his birthday – did she thought then that JFK was a phony too?

When I first came to New York and to some extent while in California, I wrongly concluded that rank racism was ensconced only in the South, but the reality was that bigotry was also in Cali and New York. In the same vein, it is the same reason why so many of us Blacks wrongly delude ourselves by believing that most Democrats care for us outside of our votes that empower them. I will repeat what I have written here and elsewhere that Hollywood is as Liberal as they come, but you will never see none of its major white female movie stars having love affairs on the silver screen with Black thespians – to this day, I will never have any respect for Halle Berry for how she prostituted herself in the movie, Monster’s Ball.

The lesson for Blacks to be had in Jackie’s critique of MLK... one could also get from seeing one of my favorite movies of all time, The Usual Suspects, where one of the characters said that one of the greatest tricks that the devil ever pulled off was convincing the world that he did not exist – so too have Democrats pulled off a great trick, since the Sixties, by convincing many Blacks that they have Jesus’ love for them.


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    • Verily Prime profile imageAUTHOR

      Verily Prime 

      7 years ago from New York

      Well said about the Civil Rights laws... as for Jackie, I only wanted to make the point that we all live in glass houses and that I am not going to judge JFK for his personal failures...

    • spokaneseo profile image


      7 years ago from Spokane

      not sure why one person disliking anyone would deminish their body of work. The dems tried to block the civil rights act too but i guess that fact is lost in history...


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