Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece on Friday, June 12, reacted to the comments from the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden when he said George Floyd’s death has had a bigger worldwide impact than the MLK assassination.
“I believe that Mr. Biden continues to speak from his basement, from a reality that is different from what’s happening in the real world,” Alveda King told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “Why is it necessary to compare Martin Luther King Jr. and George Floyd?”
At an economic reopening roundtable in Philadelphia, Biden on Thursday compared the death of Floyd to the assassination of MLK in 1968 when he spoke of how the advent of smartphones has allowed the movement against police brutality and racial injustice to spread worldwide.
“Even Dr. King’s assassination did not have the worldwide impact that George Floyd’s death did,” Biden said. “It’s just like television changed the civil rights movement for the better when they saw Bull Connor and his dogs ripping the clothes off of elderly black women going to church and firehoses ripping the skin off of young kids.”
“What happened to George Floyd—now you got how many people around the country, millions of cellphones. It’s changed the way everybody’s looking at this. Look at the millions of people marching around the world” he added.
Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died while being arrested by a white police who knelt on his neck for about eight minutes in Minneapolis on May 25. His death ignited widespread unrest in the United States, Australia, and countries in Europe.
King said that Floyd’s death was unjust and has been used to “bring about anarchy,” emphasizing that the proper response should be love, not violence.
“Jesus Christ hung on the cross between two felons, one felon said, ‘Remember me’ and Jesus said to him, ‘You will be with me in paradise today,’” she said. “That’s Jubilee. That’s what Jesus was about. That’s what Martin Luther King Jr. was about.”
“I wonder if Uncle Joe, as they call him, understands Jubilee and redemption,” she added.
King said the death of Martin Luther King Jr. and her father taught her how to answer agony and pain with hope and love.
“My daddy, AD King was killed and my uncle Martin was killed. But I lived through those race wars and I saw each of them in their own way. They taught me how to be Christ-like and nonviolent. So that means I answer pain, and agony, and anger, and injustice with faith, hope and love. And that’s what the leaders of this nation need to be doing—to continue to speak hope, speak truth, and to listen to the pain,” King said.
“We can’t be color blind,” she added. “You need to see color. God designs color. And it’s a beautiful distinction, but it’s designed for us to live together.”
King retweeted her 2019 remarks about her support of President Trump, defending the president amid racist criticism he is facing related to his response to the protests.
“I am the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” King wrote. “Listen to my words. … President Trump is not a racist!! He is one of the best presidents America has ever seen! I fully support him!”
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