- The niece of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. had some advice for controversial Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the self-described democratic socialist from New York: Be more like him.
In an interview with Fox News, Dr. Alveda King appealed to “AOC,” as she is known, to “take a page out of Martin Luther King Jr.’s book” after she referred to President Donald Trump as the “poison of white supremacy.”
Ocasio-Cortez made the baseless reference during a virtual town hall last week in which she also called for federal funding to go towards “deprogramming” white supremacists in order to bridge a chasm in race relations in the U.S.
“I believe that AOC really should take a page out of Martin Luther King Jr.’s book,” Dr. King told Fox News’ Harris Faulkner, adding that while her uncle credited law enforcement for targeting race-related hate, “he also said that the law cannot transform the human heart.”
“There are laws on the books now that will severely punish white supremacists, and that should be the case,” King told Faulkner. “We know that white supremacy is wrong, it must be punished, but every crime against humanity is bad and so we have to protect human dignity, but not only with the law. We have to transform these hearts.”
In an op-ed published on Monday, in observance of her iconic uncle’s birthday, Alveda King expressed a heartfelt message of healing and hope for a country that has been racked with “violence, injustice, and discord.”
In it, she quoted MLK who once said, “We adopt the means of nonviolence because our end is a community at peace with itself. We will try to persuade with our words, but if our words fail, we will try to persuade with our acts.”
“This year, as we observe MLK Day, I urge everyone to remember that it is designated not as a day off from work, but as a day on of service. We can all find something constructive to do in our communities, even if it’s just shaking the hand of the neighbor who supported a different candidate. Anything we can do to increase the peace is more than worth our efforts,” she wrote.
“Love, my Uncle MLK said, ‘is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.’”
In her interview with Faulkner, King said while racism issues have to be addressed, Ocasio-Cortez’s rhetoric is divisive and in contrast to what MLK touted throughout his life.
“My uncle said only love can drive out hate, so we have to be both at the same time,” Dr. King added.
King’s appearance preceded a new Fox Nation series featuring her sharing personal stories about her uncle. Viewers are brought into King’s home as she prepares favorite family recipes while discussing what she learned growing up as a member of the devoutly religious King family.
As for the assertions of Ocasio-Cortez and others that so-called ‘white supremacy’ is a major factor in the U.S., recent data suggests otherwise.
Citing the Southern Poverty Law Center, a left-wing organization that tracks hate groups, the Daily Beast reported in August 2017, for instance, that the KKK is only estimated to have between 5,000 and 8,000 members nationwide, down from about 4 million in the 1920s when they were concentrated primarily in the Democratic Party-controlled South.
“Now, the KKK is near its nadir,” the Daily Beast reported, adding at their current numbers, the group represents “less than 0.003 percent of the population, even at the higher end of the SPLC’s estimate.”
“It’s a small group of really bad people,” PJ Media co-founder Roger L. Simon wrote that month.
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