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People are "whitesplaining" Martin Luther King Jr. to his own son to condemn the riots

A number of white folks with itching Twitter fingers decided they simply had to explain how Martin Luther King III had misunderstood his own father's words.

People are "whitesplaining" Martin Luther King Jr. to his own son to condemn the riots
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Just when you think you've seen the heights of white entitlement, a bunch of insufferable know-it-alls on Twitter decided they are somehow qualified to teach Martin Luther King Jr.'s son about his own father. Because who better to explain the words of the civil rights movement leader than some white folk, right? Perhaps the biggest case of "whitesplaining" in recent times, the latest episode of white people acting as though they understand the issues of the black community better than a black person (Martin Luther King III at that!) occurred with regards to the national protests against police brutality.



King III, who has been tweeting in support of the protests calling for police accountability and justice for George Floyd, last week addressed the violence that broke out in some locations. Addressing the riots, he reminded people of a simple quote from Martin Luther King Jr. that concisely explains the reason behind the anger. As my father explained during his lifetime, a riot is the language of the unheard, King III tweeted. Whereas the quote clearly explains that riots occur when calls for reform are ignored by those in power, a number of white folks with itching Twitter fingers decided they simply had to explain how he'd misunderstood his father's words.



A protest is the language of the unheard. A peaceful protest, that is. There is no such thing as a peaceful riot. All those looters and those rioting have lost the respect of so many, they have lost platform they could have had, they should all be prosecuted, tweeted Jennifer. Meanwhile, Twitter user David Kaye chose to provide incomplete "context" for King's words while conveniently leaving out some crucial pieces of the puzzle. He also said in the same breath "I would hope that we can avoid riots because riots are self-defeating and socially destructive." George Floyd should not have died, but business in Los Angeles shouldn't be burning because of it, David tweeted.





Your father would be saddened by the events that have happened over the last week, both because of Mr. Floyd's unjust murder, and the mob that has destroyed the neighborhoods of people hundreds of miles away. We live in a time of weak men, and we are in for hard times, he added. Unfortunately for David, it doesn't take long for the internet to gather receipts and Twitter user TabMD was more than happy to remind David of the parts he'd missed out. And the rest of the quote is "And as long as America postpones justice, we stand in the position of having these recurrences of violence and riots over and over again. Social justice and progress are the absolute guarantors of riot prevention," the individual tweeted.

And then there was this guy:



Who got schooled as such: 











There was also Jay who is "not the smartest man" but is "pretty sure" that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would "not condone with what is going on with all this rioting due to it solves nothing but a bunch of ignorance and stupidity and solves nothing for the injustice that was thrown on to the murder of an innocent 'human being."



As someone said, "the sheer caucasity of it all!"

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