John McCain's Troubling, Deceitful History With Martin Luther King's Birthday

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John McCain is today claiming that though Martin Luther King was killed when McCain was 32 he didn't understand the "issue" when he was 47, 15 years later. He goes on to treat a commemoration of the leading civil rights figure in U.S. history as if he was just one of the lobbyists he employs on his campaign:

I had come from being in the military to running for Congress in a state that did not have a large African American population.

So is McCain saying that only states with large black populations should or did care enough to vote for Dr. King's hollday? Or is McCain saying that King and the Civil Rights movement is just something like your local Mason's lodge?