USA Today angered social media on Monday when its headline blamed all ‘whites’ for the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“Whites killed MLK. Now we honor him,” the headline blared.
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) January 16, 2017
For the record King was assassinated by one man, James Earl Ray, on April 4, 1968.
“My dad called Martin Luther King an “agitator.” I bet a lot of white dads did. Seems like every time Dr. King showed up somewhere, things got torn up or burned up,” the author, Oliver Thomas, wrote in the article for USA Today.
“So we killed him. Not me, of course. I’m not a racist. But who thinks he is?” he said.
Perhaps Thomas was projecting onto others the guilt he felt for his racist childhood.
Thomas went on to write a litany of crimes committed by white people in the history of America and blaming it for all of the racial issues in the nation.
But he has a solution.
White people, and only white people, have to take a step to bridge the racial divisions.
“Are whites and blacks condemned to live only parallel lives with a great chasm forever separating us?” Thomas asked. “Not necessarily. White people could rise to the occasion. We could perform the first and more fundamental act of love.
“We could listen.”
Social media gave him, and USA Today, something to listen to.
@USATODAY Disgusting racist lefty: James Earl Ray shot MLK No one else did. How do you print such malicious slander?
— David E Y Sarna (@DSarna) January 16, 2017
@USATODAY Geezzz, “whites” didn’t kill MLK, a ‘white man’ did. Would you put the sin of one or a few on us all??
— 1SGMARSHALL (@SoldiersCare) January 16, 2017
@USATODAY Nope, a single white man killed MLK, not an entire race of white people. I’m not responsible for his death or slavery. Period
— Mighty__Servant (@Mighty__Servant) January 16, 2017
— Heimish Conservative (@HeimishCon) January 16, 2017
@USATODAY Whites also fought and marched with him.
Da Fuq is this shit. MLK didn’t hate white people.
— Justice_099 (@Justice0999) January 16, 2017
A: racial tensions are really high right?
A: ok lets run a piece blaming white people for MLKs assassination
— Micah (@MicahLance) January 16, 2017
@USATODAY But not all Muslims are terrorists though, right?
— Kowalski (@Kowal14820) January 16, 2017
.@USATODAY All whites? Because I swear, wasn’t quite born yet. Liberals continue to divide us and promote hatred.
— Kevin Lebo (@kevinlebo) January 16, 2017
@USATODAY “Blacks” killed Malcom X and yet they now honor him. See? That sounds F!-ing stupid. Get these communists out of our news media.
— Bane of Hipsters ? (@baneofhipsters) January 16, 2017
@USATODAY Ok and Islam killed people on 9/11 and blacks killed cops in Dallas. Because fairness.
— Boncheesio (@boncheesio) January 16, 2017
@USATODAY I’m not white and found this statement offensive. Did all whites kill him, what about progressives r they guilty too?
— G22dude1 (@g22dude11) January 16, 2017
— ¡El Sooopèrr! ن (@SooperMexican) January 16, 2017
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