MLK III shocks Touré: African-Americans should be engaged with the Tea Party

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Martin Luther King III managed to leave MSNBC host Touré speechless as he told him it was important for African-Americans to be engaged with the tea party.

Touré and the cast of MSNBC’s “The Cycle” headed to Atlanta, Ga., to speak with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, son. Touré asked King if he believed the Democratic Party had done enough to deserve the overwhelming support of African-Americans, and the civil rights leader’s son’s answer genuinely shocked the MSNBC host.

“The party does not do enough,” he said. “It’s our responsibility to hold the party accountable. And I’m not sure we do that. I think we have to find a way to hold the parties accountable.

“We’re not a monolithic people. I happen to be a Democrat, I think it’s important for African-Americans to be Republicans. I think it’s important for African-Americans to be Independents. I also think it’s important to be engaged with the tea party,” he said.

Touré appeared surprised to hear King make such a suggestion.

“Why would it be important for us to be engaged with the tea party?” he asked, with a look of confusion on his face.

“Because the only way you change is you have to be at least communicating,” King resounded. “If there’s no communication, then you can’t just let someone have an agenda.”

King went on to explain that his father often met with white men who were against civil rights just to ensure there was an exchange of dialogue.

“The Cycle” host Ari Melber then jumped in to ask if he thought the tea party was opposed to President Barack Obama because of his policies or another reason — suggesting his race.

“Right now, we are dealing with race issues constantly in this country,” King said. “Any why we choose to run from them as opposed to confronting them head on is always a mystery to me.”

h/t Mediaite

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