Martin Luther King Broadcast Causes Controversy
School board member and radio station manager attacked by ADL, receives death threats for MLK commentary
by Kevin Alfred Strom
A GUEST EDITORIAL — based largely on my exposé of Martin Luther King — has been airing on Greeley, Colorado’s KELS-FM twice daily in the days leading up to the federal MLK holiday, and the sparks are flying as the Usual Suspects try to get the truth off the air — and punish the man responsible for the broadcast.
Brett Reese (pictured), who is a school board member and director of the local school district, runs Greeley’s KELS 104.7. He says he regularly broadcasts guest editorials from listeners if their facts check out. And, he adds, in this case the facts did check out when he looked into them: “Martin Luther King, Junior” is an assumed name; King had numerous and intimate connections to high-level agents of the Communist Party; King misappropriated funds contributed to his “religious” charity and spent them on prostitutes and drunken orgies; and King was a plagiarist who cheated to obtain his PhD. You can listen to the editorial by clicking the link below.
Reese says he’s not a White supremacist (and, of course, neither am I nor are most of the people so accused by the media) and actually admires King’s “civil rights movement,” but believes there are issues with the character of King that make it necessary to question the uncritical adulation and reverence he is accorded today. Reese adds, “I was taught growing up that Martin Luther King Jr. was a hero of history and to question his motivation or integrity was near sacrilege. I support the idea of being able to talk about historical facts. If these facts are out there, then we should be able to talk about them. There should not be a taboo on an honest discussion of history.”
When other school board members expressed their disapproval of the broadcasts and said he shouldn’t be making them, Reese responded: “Just because I am on the school board does not mean I have to accept Martin Luther King Jr. or any figure of history as above reproach or question. Asking a school board member to take an oath of blind allegiance and then check his brain at the door may be the root of the problems in our district today.” Reese did agree to moderate some of the language in the editorial, but said it will continue to run.
The Jewish Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which has links to Meyer Lansky’s organized crime syndicate and which once gave their “Torch of Liberty” award to mob boss Moe Dalitz, has attacked Reese and demanded that the guest editorials cease: “The reckless and irresponsible spread of such misleading vitriol only heightens the divisions in our communities….” said ADL Regional Director Scott L. Levin (also a “Torch of Liberty” recipient), adding “We call upon Mr. Reese to desist from his divisive public broadcasts….” Immediately after the ADL’s attacks on him, Reese began receiving death threats that he considered credible. Reese has broadcast the critical MLK editorial for three years running around the MLK holiday, but never received death threats until the ADL, whose “phone tree” notification of Jewish activists is well known, publicized him in the last few days.
Because of the death threats, Mr. Reese has reluctantly decided to attend future school board meetings armed: “Because of the recent school board shooting (in Florida) and the recent death threats, I have to,” he stated to the Greeley Tribune. (Apparently the Tribune itself is fearful of the implications of this story, since they state on their Web site — at the bottom of every article on this subject — “Due to the sensitive nature of this story, the commenting feature has been disabled.”)
Clayborne Carson, the founding director of the “Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute” at Stanford University and the editor of King’s papers, admitted, according to the Tribune, that “many of the claims in the broadcast have been substantiated,” but added that many historical figures are flawed: “The significant thing about King is he did great work as part of a great movement. If you disagree with that, then there is discussion. The thing about plagiarism, yeah we know he plagiarized some academic papers, but how does that relate to the fact that he was one of the great orators of history?”
Although the MLK critique specifically states that opposing viewpoints are welcome, Reese says that in three years not one has been submitted, with opponents preferring to force the guest editorial off the air rather than engage in open debate. But KELS listeners are a different story. Reese says “It was new information to many of our listeners. It promoted discussions within our listening community and we had listeners call and thank us for airing it.”