Toure with MLK III

*We grant you permission to file this under a “Whatchu talkin’ ’bout Willis” moment.

This is how Martin Luther King III left MSNBC host Touré feeling on Friday when he told him it’s important for blacks to “be engaged with the Tea Party.”

King’s response followed the reporter’s question as to whether he feels 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 added that 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.

And this comment is what prompted the look you see on Touré‘s face in the photo above.

“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.

Another MSNBC host then asked if the Tea Party’s problem with Obama is based on his policies or “something else about him,” suggesting race, but not saying it.

Watch King’s response below: