‘Reason and communication has to come with peace before you can have justice’

June 9, 2020

HEALING WORDS: Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr, spoke these words to some agitated young people and was able to bring them hope: “I was able to pray with some young people in Ohio via phone and I said ‘you are worth your dignity, please don’t riot, you have a purpose and everyone who is a leader, use your own social media platforms to speak reason, speak peace and calmness.” Picture by Gage Skidmore.

ALLEGED STATEMENT: This is a statement used on social media in the form of a wall post that supporters of Black Lives Matters are certain Dr King said and has been used by some to justify the behaviour of some of the movement who have looted small business.

BE PEACEFUL: “I will never change in my basic idea that non-violence is the most potent weapon available to the n***o in his struggle for freedom and justice. I think for the n***o to turn to violence would be both impractical and immoral.” – These are the words were said by Dr King on this program done by EWTN and have been used by other mainstream media channels in the US. Picture courtesy of the Nobel Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A RELATIVE of civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King Jr has called on people across the world to come together to become “the human race” admidst the protests triggered by the death of George Floyd and work for genuine peace.

Human rights activist Alveda King, founder of Alveda King Ministries, said her uncle would never had condoned this looting of businesses that happened in Minneapolis and other cities that has caused a maelstrom and caused civil society to break down. She was speaking to Raymond Arroyo, news anchor for Eternal News Television Network.

Currently there are conflicting statements about what Dr King may or may not have attributed to have said when he was alive to justify their actions. A media clip from the 1960s that has been doing the rounds has Dr King saying this.

‘Non-violence is our most potent weapon’

“I will never change in my basic idea that non-violence is the most potent weapon available to the n***o in his struggle for freedom and justice. I think for the n***o to turn to violence would be both impractical and immoral.”

Earlier in the interview a clip – completely ignored by mainstream media – shows eldery African American lady an impassioned speech after her family’s business was looted during the recent George Floyd protests and she had a message for Black Lives Matters. The night after it took place, it took them all of that time to clear up.

She said: “You know what bothers me. You said Black Lives Matter. I’ve work here part-time and I’m a part-owner of this business.

‘Stop stealing, this is a neighbourhood”

“You said Black Lives Matter. Why don’t you choke me, I’m black. Look what you did to my store. No, look what you did to my store. We’ve been here all night cleaning up.

“Don’t tell me black lives matter, you lie. You wanted to loot the store, you needed money. Get a job, like I did. Stop stealing, this is a neighbourhood. We tried to build it up and you stamped it down.

‘Looting is disrespectful, immoral and wrong’

After viewing this clip, Ms King said: “It is not just African American stores, it is people all over the cities, all the people in the communities with the mom and pap stores, this is disrespectful, immoral, impractical, absolutely wrong.

“Dad stood on a car in the 1960s after our home had been bombed and people wanted to turn the car and throw molotov cocktails.

“If you need to hit someone, I’d rather you hit me but I would rather you go home and pray. My family and I are ok. The people actually because of prayer and the power of God got everything to calm down.”

‘Antifa unloaded bricks for folks to throw’

“Outside agitators like Antifa we have caught on camera of people going into communities unloading piles of bricks and laying them outside for people to throw setting up the angst and anxiety.

‘Use social media to speak reason and peace’

“I was able to pray with some young people in Ohio via phone and I said ‘you are worth your dignity, please don’t riot, you have a purpose and everyone who is a leader, use your own social media platforms to speak reason, speak peace and calmness.

“It is wrong to say ‘no justice no peace’, actually you have to have peace, reason and communication so that you can have justice. So peace comes first and then you reach out and then you come together with righteousness and justice.

Speaking to a question about the roots of the church in the civil rights movement prompted a definitive response from Ms King.

‘Destroying isn’t love, that causes panic and fear’

“Raymond, faith without works is dead. Show me your faith and I’ll show you my world. Faith works by love and so we take our faith and put into action and as we do that with Agape love, – that doesn’t mean you let people get away, oh just let your frustrations out, go and burn everything up, that’s not love, that causes panic and fear.

“With faith and love and understanding of our skin colour does not define our race, the human race, we are not colour blind, because Jesus gave sight to the blind. We see each other, we care for each other and we work together.

Ms King went into detail about her own racial heritage. She is part African out of Nigeria and other parts of West Africa, and from County Cork, Ireland, through her grandfather, Martin Luther King Senior, and her mum’s father was part Cherokee.

‘There is one race – the human race’

She said: “There is not races with an S. There is one race – the human race. So what race am I? I am a human race with those different blended ethnicities. We are blended by enthicity but we are one human race.”

Ms King said all police brutality must be called out, whether it was the terrible treatment of George Floyd in Minneapolis or the mistreatment of two young white students by a black police officer who broke a curfew in Atlanta, Georgia, that she referred to in this interview.

“George Floyd was killed by a Caucasian policeman but in Atlanta (Georgia), a college student from Moorhouse and a college student from Spelman were out after curfew. They were tazed, they were roughed up and the young man’s hand was broken by black police officers.

‘Why didn’t BLM condemn actions of black police officer?’

“Both were wrong but do you Black Lives Matter hear screaming who broke this young man’s hand and roughed him up and the young lady.

“They left a tazer torch in him for eight hours, so is anyone calling out those black policeman for what they did to those young people, absolutely not so we only yell when white officers do something to black people. So we have to got to stop this and recognise people as human beings and value them as Martin Luther King Jnr says, ‘the human personality’.”

  • THIS is based on the interview Alvida King gave to Raymond Arroyo of EWTN and the extra post added from my observations, should be viewed and read as such.

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