Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece criticized 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden Friday for saying George Floyd’s death had a bigger impact than the MLK assassination in an exclusive interview with the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Matt Viser of the Washington Post tweeted “Joe Biden in Philadelphia: “Even Dr. King’s assassination did not have the worldwide impact that George Floyd’s death did.”
Alveda King replied “Jesus hung on the cross between two felons. Was killed by police officers. Said “FATHER FORGIVE THEM.” Is anyone getting JUBILEE out of this?”
DailyCaller reports former Vice President Joe Biden spoke from from a different reality when he commented that George Floyd’s death has had a greater worldwide impact than Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, King’s niece said in an exclusive interview with the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Advocate, activist, author, and speaker Alveda King reacted the presumptive 2020 Democratic nominee’s statement Thursday that “even Dr. King’s assassination did not have the worldwide impact that George Floyd’s death did.”
“I believe that Mr. Biden continues to speak from his basement, from a reality that is different from what’s happening in the real world,” King told the DCNF over the phone. “Why is it necessary to compare Martin Luther King Jr. And George Floyd?”
King emphasized that both Floyd and her uncle shared a commonality in that they were “both from God fearing families,” saying that this is “something Mr. Biden should recognize.”
Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody May 25 after an officer knelt on his neck for more than 8 minutes, according to a video. Since his death, cities across the U.S. as well as in Europe and Australia have seen protests, sometimes leading to rioting and looting.
King said Floyd’s death was unjust, as was her uncle’s and her own father’s.
“George Floyd was killed unjustly. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed unjustly. My father Reverend Alfred Daniel Williams King was killed unjustly. My grandmother, Alberta Williams King was killed unjustly. I mourn and grieve with the family of George Floyd. I still miss my beloved family members,” King said.
King said she believes that the coronavirus pandemic has been used to “put fear and confusion into the world” and that George Floyd’s death has been used to “bring about anarchy.” The response to the unrest over Floyd’s death, she said she has told her friends, is not violence but love.
“Jesus Christ hung on the cross between two felons, one felon said, ‘remember me’ and Jesus said to him, ‘you will be with me in paradise today,’” she added. “That’s Jubilee. That’s what Jesus was about. That’s what Martin Luther King Jr was about.”
“I wonder if Uncle Joe, as they call him, understands Jubilee and redemption,” she added.