What did MLK think about gay people?

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was writing an advice column in 1958 for Ebony magazine when he received an unusual letter.

“I am a boy,” an anonymous writer told King. “But I feel about boys the way I ought to feel about girls. I dont want my parents to know about me. What can I do?”

In calm, pastoral tones, King told the boy that his problem wasn’t uncommon, but required “careful attention.”

“The type of feeling that you have toward boys is probably not an innate tendency, but something that has been culturally acquired,” King wrote. “You are already on the right road toward a solution, since you honestly recognize the problem and have a desire to solve it.”

We know what King thought about race, poverty and war. But what was his attitude toward gay people, and if he was alive today would he see the gay rights movement as another stage of the civil rights movement?

via What did MLK think about gay people? – CNN Belief Blog – CNN.com Blogs.

Interesting 🙂

If “we” (pretend for a moment that we in the present all feel the same way about homosexuality) have to cut MLK slack about his positions because of his time and place in history, does that mean that we have to cut other people some slack about their positions (maybe racist positions?) because of their time and place in history?

If not, why not?

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