Posted on July 15, 2021

Bernice King Hits GOP: ‘Beyond Insulting’ to Misuse MLK’s Teachings to Oppose Critical Race Theory

Aris Folley, The Hill, July 14, 2021

Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., called some Republicans’ misuse of her father’s lessons “disturbing,” one day after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy(R-Calif.) drew heat for claiming teachings of critical race theory “go against everything” the late civil rights icon taught.

“Do not take excerpts from my father. Study him holistically,” she said during an appearance on MSNBC on Wednesday. “There is a lot he wrote extensively. That’s the beauty of all of this. No matter what people try to say, there are books out.”

{snip} “I thank God that he was able to write like this, because for people to be able to misappropriate him this way is actually beyond insulting.”

Her comments come as McCarthy drew criticism for remarks he made citing her father’s teachings to oppose critical race theory, which asserts that racism is embedded in the country’s institutions.


Other conservatives and opponents of the theory have cited the same message by the late icon to oppose teachings of the concept.


In her comments on Wednesday, King said bluntly, “Daddy would never say excuse the history, and let’s just start here.”

“He also said, if a nation has done something against the people for hundreds of years, then it must also turn around and do something for those people,” she added.