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Dick Gregory hits Andrew Young over MLK comments

By Robert "Rob" Redding Jr.

Editor & Publisher

ATLANTA, Sept. 16, 2010, 10 a.m. - Comedian and activist Dick Gregory said he wants former civil rights activist, mayor and ambassador Andrew Young to explain his comments about an FBI spy in the civil rights movement.

Young, now 78, told The Commercial Appeal that he is not bothered by a report that Ernest Withers secretly worked as an FBI informant while snapping photographs of the civil rights movement.

"I always liked him because he was a good photographer. And he was always (around)," Young is reported to have told the newspaper. "I don't think Dr. King would have minded him making a little money on the side.''

Gregory said the comments show a "hatred" of Martin Luther King Jr.

"We are talking about a guy hired by the FBI to destroy us and the fact that Andy could say that means there must be a deep hatred down inside of him...If he feels that way about King only God knows what he feels about the rest of us," Gregory said on Redding News Review's daily radio program.

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These are not the first controversial comments made by Young.

In 2008, he said that he thought now President Obama should not run for the office and just this month he said that rapper TI was racially profiled, even though the rapper is reported to have made an illegal u-turn.

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