Michael Jackson hopped on Twitter and claimed that he heard Martin Luther King Jr. had a White side chick, and his fellow comedian Kant Williams reacted. Michael on Twitter asked:
“I don’t mean to start no sheet but I heard that Martin Luther King had a white side chick. Is it true. I’m just a beechn***a from a little village so please let me know.”
Kant Williams responded: “coon question.” Apparently, Michael Jackson’s question didn’t sit well with fellow comedian Katt Williams.
What is the same about 1962 and 2022 is people will always look for ways to drag people who are doing good for the community. We are a very selfish society in that way.
MLK’s affairs have been well documented. No need to bring them up on his holiday. Also, the fact he had a white girlfriend before he was married has been talked about before.
I had first learned her full name while reading Bearing the Cross, the 1986 biography about Martin Luther King Jr., written by David Garrow. In the book, Garrow briefly describes a serious relationship between King and a young white woman around the same age, named Betty. They had met at Crozer Theological Seminary, in Chester, Pennsylvania, at the time, where King was a divinity student from the age of 19 until 22, when he graduated in May 1951. In Bearing the Cross, Garrow quoted a close friend and mentor of King’s at the time, Rev. Pius J. Barbour, who said the relationship had left King as a “man with a broken heart. He never recovered.”
From the start, Moitz and King’s relationship was anything but carefree. Almost all of King’s friends, including Barbour, tried to discourage him from staying with Betty, knowing what an interracial relationship would mean for his future. “I thought it was a dangerous situation that could get out of hand, and if it did get out of hand it would smear King,” his Crozer classmate Cyril Pyle recalled in a 1986 interview. “It would make his future hard for him.”
But Betty recalls that time, and the young King, with fondness anyway. In our yearlong correspondence and one long meeting in January 2016, Betty, who recently passed away at the age of 89, told me the story of their relationship and just how close King came to walking away from his future plans for her. “We were madly, madly in love, the way young people can fall in love,” she told me during our conversation at her home.
Flip to the next page for more about that relationship and Katt Williams putting Michael Blackson on a body bag.