When civil rights activist Martin Luther King III appeared on CNN Newsroom to talk about the “Justice for Trayvon” rallies, he couldn’t precisely define what it was that he wanted. He knew he wanted it.
Co-host Victor Blackwell noted that the main purpose of the events was to gin up support for civil rights charges to be lodged against George Zimmerman, who was acquitted in Martin’s death.
“I want to get to the center of what the purpose is of these rallies across the country, because you are coming out saying that the federal government should file civil rights charges,” Blackwell said. “Can you succinctly just tell me what the center of the case is for a civil rights charge from the federal government?”
As a civil rights activist, this should be King’s area of expertise. But he couldn’t answer the question, except to say, “Well, I think that has to be a legal perspective — I can only say from a personal perspective.”
As a civil rights activist, this should be King’s area of expertise. Nonetheless he couldn’t answer the question except to say, “Well, I think that has to be a legal perspective — I can only say from a personal perspective.”
Personal perspective? Unless King was a witness to the shooting, he has no “personal perspective.”
“I’m not an expert in this area,” King said.
Blackwell wouldn’t let King get off that easy.
“But you put your name and the family’s name on this march — on these rallies,” Blackwell noted. “I think people want to know, what is the technicality? What is the civil right that was violated?”
King still couldn’t point to anything specifically, “because I don’t know all of the technical definitions of what can be utilized.”
King’s father helped draft the civil rights legislation during the 1960s, and he was neither lawyer nor lawmaker — he was a preacher.
King and other civil rights leaders have also had 16 months since the shooting and a week since the verdict to come up with a strategy for action, and they haven’t — because there is none.
Watch the clip from CNN.
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