this guy tried to whitesplain martin luther king jr. to mlk’s own daughter!
September 29, 2017
This might just be the whitest whitesplain ever.
On Sunday, Bernice King tweeted a picture of her father, Martin Luther King, Jr., being arrested while protesting. The tweet was in response to the national anthem protests led by Colin Kaepernick in the NFL, and the backlash that has come from his audacity to refuse to salute the flag of a country that refuses to stop killing Black people. King posted the photo along with the statement: “People didn’t approve of the way my father protested injustice either; said he was causing trouble, called him an “outside agitator.”
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) September 24, 2017
This honest comparison was too much for one Twitter user to handle. @Robert23003286 didn’t appreciate king talking about her father this way, and cautioned her to “Please don’t take a honest man and try and turn him into something thats not him. He believed in peaceful protests, you tarnish his legacy.”
Please don’t take a honest man and try and turn him into something thats not him. He believed in peaceful protests, you tarnish his legacy
— Robert (@Robert23003286) September 24, 2017
I don’t know what it is, but for some reason white people, who overwhelmingly opposed King while he was alive, think they are the experts on his legacy after his death. Apparently this entitlement is not limited to lecturing random Black people, and even King’s daughter is not exempt from it.
This didn’t go over too well with the rest of Twitter with brains:
That’s his daughter you’re denigrating. Have some #respect.
— Ashley The Fearless (@mojofearless) September 25, 2017
That awkward moment when someone is so clueless, they try to explain Martin Luther King Jr.’s beliefs to his own daughter.
— Brenda Lyons (@brendalyonsart) September 25, 2017
Wow. Peak whiteness right here.White dude telling black woman about what HER dad did.
— AnotherSlyFoxChris (@IAnotherSlyFox) September 25, 2017
You’re literally mansplaining/whitesplaining MLK to his daughter. If only you were even 1/100th as humiliated by this as you should be…
— Ryan Shapiro (@_rshapiro) September 26, 2017
Don’t know how white people will outdo this masterclass in whitesplaining, but I’m sure someone will find a way.
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