Alveda King, the niece of the late Martin Luther King Jr., expressed her frustration over past week of violent and deadly riots across the nation in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of a police officer who has since been charged with 2nd degree murder.
According to Fox News, King reminded America that her uncle — an iconic leader of perhaps the most influential time in the civil rights movement — only allowed for peaceful demonstrations to get people’s attention.
“Burning and looting are not good. It does lead to more violence: violence begets violence, so, I believe Martin Luther King Jr. said, ‘when injustice anywhere is a threat to injustice everywhere,'” King said.
She also condemned the looters and violent rioters for torching American cities in the name of George Floyd — an act that she believes does nothing but disgrace Floyd’s memory.
“You are disgracing this city, you are disgracing the life of George Floyd and every other person who has been killed in this country,” she said. “We are better than this. We’re better than this as a city, we are better than this as a country.”
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King also made clear: “You’re not honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement.”
While advocating for an end to the violence that quickly spread across the country — violence that even claimed the life of several African-Americans in the process, King said that her uncle, dad and grandfather would have one simple message for the protesters.
“I believe if Daddy was here today, or my grandad Martin Luther King Sr., my uncle Martin Luther King Jr. — go home and pray.”