Dr. Alveda King, the niece of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., took Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to task during a Tuesday television look for apparently plagiarizing among Martin Luther King, Jr’s anecdotes.
In an October interview with Elle Magazine, Harris told the story of being a toddler at a civil liberties demonstration. While attempting to stop Harris from being picky, her moms and dads asked her what she wanted. “Fweedom,” Harris supposedly stated. Social media users quickly mentioned that Harris’s story bore a strong resemblance to an occurrence described by Martin Luther King, Jr. in a 1965 interview in Playboy.
Alveda King told Fox Business host Lou Dobbs on Tuesday that Harris was making a “huge stretch” by referring back to her uncle’s remarks.
” Kamala understands that her world view is completely different than the world view of Martin Luther King, Jr. so it’s a big stretch for her to compare herself or to seem like him or to use a few of his some examples,” Alveda King stated.
” For instance, Kamala believes that it’s all right to terminate babies approximately 9 months. And if you meant to abort the infant and the baby lives, then let the child pass away. Martin Luther King Jr. served the general public. He did not kill the public, which would include babies in the womb.”
” He stated, ‘Injustice anywhere is a hazard to justice all over,'” Alveda King continued. “So she’s absolutely nothing like Martin Luther King, Jr. however she still– there she is, playing on those feelings once again.”
The shift group of Harris and President-elect Joe Biden declined to comment to Newsweek for this story. Newsweek connected to Dr. Alveda King for further comment.
In the version of the story informed by Martin Luther King, Jr., he described a Black lady of around 7 or 8 years of age being talked to by a white police officer at a civil rights protest in Birmingham.
“‘ What do you desire?’ the policeman asked her gruffly, and the little lady looked him straight in the eye and responded to, ‘Fee-dom,'” check out Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1965 interview. “She could not even pronounce it, however she knew. It was gorgeous! Many times when I have actually remained in sorely trying situations, the memory of that child has come into my mind, and buoyed me.”
Harris had actually formerly detailed her variation of the story many times, consisting of in her 2010 book Smart on Criminal Offense and her 2019 book The Truths We Hold: An American Journey In her Elle interview, Harris stated the story was informed to her by her mother.
Vice President Mike Pence alleged throughout the vice-presidential dispute in October that both Biden and Harris supported “taxpayer financing of abortion all the way up to the minute of birth, late term abortion,” but Harris has not specifically voiced support for that practice.
” I will constantly fight for a female’s right to make a decision about her own body,” Harris stated during the argument.