Earlier this week, we reported that Kamala Harris had had been accused of plagiarizing Martin Luther King Jr. when she told a story that she claimed was from her childhood. Now, King’s niece Alveda King is firing back to call out Harris for allegedly plagiarizing her uncle.
Alveda King Attacks Harris
King went on Fox Business to say that Harris is actually nothing like her uncle.
“Kamala knows that her worldview is totally different than the worldview of Martin Luther King Jr., so it’s a big stretch for her to compare herself or to sound like him or to use some of his analogies,” she said.
“For instance, Kamala believes that it’s OK to abort babies up to nine months. And if you meant to abort the baby and the baby lives, then let the baby die,” King added. “Martin Luther King Jr. served the public. He did not kill the public, and that would include babies in the womb.”
“He said, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ So she’s nothing like Martin Luther King Jr., but she still — there she is, playing on those emotions again,” she continued.
She’s Nothing Like MLK: @AlvedaCKing slams Kamala Harris for plagiarizing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, as Dems campaign on abortion, destruction of family values, and hatred of Israel. #MAGA #AmericaFirst #Dobbs pic.twitter.com/vLLx7JNiwv
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) January 5, 2021
Harris Gets Backlash For Story
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This comes after Harris landed in hot water for a story that she told Elle Magazine. A portion of the magazine’s profile on her read as follows:
Senator Kamala Harris started her life’s work young. She laughs from her gut, the way you would with family, as she remembers being wheeled through an Oakland, California, civil rights march in a stroller with no straps with her parents and her uncle.
At some point, she fell from the stroller (few safety regulations existed for children’s equipment back then), and the adults, caught up in the rapture of protest, just kept on marching.
By the time they noticed little Kamala was gone and doubled back, she was understandably upset. “My mother tells the story about how I’m fussing,” Harris says, “and she’s like, ‘Baby, what do you want? What do you need?’ And I just looked at her and I said, ‘Fweedom.'”
MLK’s Original Story
This immediately backfired on Harris when social media users pointed out that her story sounded very similar to an essay that Martin Luther King Jr. wrote for Playboy Magazine in 1965:
I never will forget a moment in Birmingham when a white policeman accosted a little Negro girl, seven or eight years old, who was walking in a demonstration with her mother. “What do you want?” the policeman asked her gruffly, and the little girl looked him straight in the eye and answered, “Fee-dom.”
She couldn’t even pronounce it, but she knew. It was beautiful! Many times when I have been in sorely trying situations, the memory of that little one has come into my mind, and has buoyed me.
While the two stories aren’t exactly the same, their similarities can’t be denied.
This piece was written by James Samson on January 6, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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