Martin Luther King III left MSNBC host Toure stunned on Friday when he told him it’s important for blacks to “be engaged with the Tea Party.”
King’s comments came after Toure asked if the Democratic Party has done enough to justify the overwhelming support it sees from the black community.
“The party does not do enough,” King replied.
He also said blacks are not a “monolithic people” and they should feel free to be Democrats, Republicans or independents. Further, it’s important that blacks “be engaged with the Tea Party” as well, King added.
“Why would it be important for us to be engaged with the tea party?” Toure replied, with a look of total confusion on his face.
“Because the only way you change is that you have to be at least communicating. If there’s no communication, then you can’t just let someone have an agenda,” King said. He also explained that his father, Martin Luther King Jr., would often meet with whites who were against equal rights for blacks to make sure there was a dialogue.
Predictably, another MSNBC host then asked if the Tea Party’s problem with Obama is based on his policies or “something else about him,” clearly suggesting his race.
Watch King’s response below: