I think we are at a point where we need to stop looking for the King family to be leaders in the civil rights movement going forward as their focus appears to be on elevating themselves and continuing to profit off of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. Their commitment to the movement other the years has been scattered and schizophrenic at best.
The family’s response to Donald Trump’s comments in an Oval Office meeting about immigration, where he referred to a series of nations as “shithole countries” and questioned why the United States was not welcoming more people from Norway as opposed to Haiti, El Salvador and African countries were pretty pathetic.
Martin Luther King Jr.’s son says his father would be “incensed” by President Trump’s “shithole” comment yet thinks something good can come from this. Sure. Let’s throw around empty, pious cliches while the future of 800,000 “Dreamers” hang in the balance.
It’s pretty clear from MLK’s niece, Alveda King’s appearance on Fox News, she’s more focused on being a paid political pundit and defending Donald Trump’s overt racism at every stop rather than putting the current civil rights movement into overdrive. King actually said, “I do not believe President Donald John Trump is a racist. The economy’s up. Jobs are up in the black community.” Can someone please tell this woman we are still reaping the benefits of an Obama economy?
Isaac Newton Farris Jr., Martin Luther King Jr.’s nephew, told CNN while he does not believe President Donald Trump is a “racist in the traditional sense,” he does think the President is “racially ignorant and racially uninformed.” What does this even mean?
It’s very disingenuous as it is dangerous for prominent, influential African-Americans to use their position to cloak for and pretend the Trump administration which has been and still is a haven for white supremacist advisors, cares about communities of color or pretend his policies are not a clear and present danger to them. The King family needs to do better or get out of the spotlight and stay out. Or better yet, be clear that they are not about MLK’s legacy, but their own.