June 14, 2019
MY CORNER by Boyd Cathey
Latest Essay in THE UNZ REVIEW: On Martin Luther King Jr.
On June 8, in the wake of what turned out to be a mini-tempest in a very small teapot, I offered some comments on the new and quite revolting revelations concerning Martin Luther King Jr., discovered by his biographer, David Garrow. This information from closed FBI files confirmed in very graphic ways what had always been asserted about King: he was, in many ways, a profligate sexual abuser who might give Harvey Weinstein a run for his money.
Garrow’s findings had appeared first in the British press on May 26—the Daily Mail and the Sunday Times, and the with a major article by Garrow (May 30) in the English journal Standpoint. In England they were major headlines, dominating both the news and commentary cycles for several days.
In the United States—where one would think such revelations would have been banner headlines—the echo was anemic. Yet, after some limited, very brief comment in one or two media sources, a deafening silence. Professor David Greenberg, writing in Politico, almost alone among those few who took up the question in a mainstream publication, asserted that opinion makers (and politicians) needed to consider the import of the revelations. He defended King. But he also understood that in this age in which the monuments and symbols of so many of our national heroes are being unceremoniously toppled, uncomfortable questions could not be avoided.
But not a peep from the #MeToo feminist warrior fanatics—no expansive hand-wringing—no demands that monuments to a serial sex maniac and adulterer be taken down—no calls for the history books to be re-written.
Welcome to the United States in 2019 when sex and race have become weaponized agents in the ideological war against Western civilization. Yes, the slogans and chants, the demands and outrage, the political posturing all say: “toxic masculinity” and “white oppression.” But the ultimate goal is power, and to secure that power sex and race are cudgels, implements employed to assist in the deconstruction of our culture and our history.
The feminists and professional anti-racists have little interest in indicting their own: it doesn’t advance their narrative and their cause ideologically.
The examples are multiple and numerous, and only those rare situations—like with a Harvey Weinstein or Anthony Weiner—get serious coverage.
But above all the narrative must be advanced, and the ideological goal must not be sullied, even if that means casting a blind eye at some of the most egregious violations of what are the new and supposedly enforced standards of behavior.
My column, with some edits and additions, was picked up by The Unz Review. And I pass that along to you today:
THE UNZ REVIEW
Martin Luther King, the Sex Tapes, and the New American Dogmatism