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.
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.
WHITE DUDES WHITESPLAINING MARTIN LUTHER KING TO HIS SON. ENJOY. pic.twitter.com/xfpnkJqoDR— Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) May 30, 2020
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.
I can’t believe you’re trying to school him about his own father...just think about that for a second...HIS father— Wong Fei-Hung (@kuhle83) June 1, 2020
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:
2/ ... I will never change in the idea that non-violence is the most potent weapon in the struggle for freedom and justice. For the Negro to turn to violence would be both impractical and immoral. We’ve got to see that a riot is the language of the unheard;...— Matt Colson (@MattColsonBlog) May 29, 2020
Who got schooled as such:
Lol never in my life did I think I would see a white man try to tell MLK’s own child the meaning of his message.— Cleaner Image (@Slamp_says) May 30, 2020
Amerikkka is a huge joke rn and you’re part of the reason why.
The reply very very clearly undercut the intended message. I am sure the son of the man who spoke those words are far more aware of them than any of us.— Cleaner Image (@Slamp_says) May 30, 2020
Thus he spoke his piece, and the reply meant to undercut and imply MLKII would not support BLM, he doesn’t know that. Now 🤫
“In context“ lol you have never read his Letter from a Birmingham Jail in full, much less have an inkling of “the context“ of the excerpts you pulled from brainyquotes dot com pic.twitter.com/tIyR25r1Yx— Seek help, Jude (@DerLuftmensch) May 30, 2020
White people are really out here explaining Dr. King to his own son?!!!! The CAUCASITY pic.twitter.com/hQeG8tAZHI— Natalie Whittingham Burrell (@natlawyerchic) May 31, 2020
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."
Damn, dude. This is almost as audacious as it is ignorant. And, why is human being in quotes?— Mike Zarra (@mike_zarra) May 30, 2020
As someone said, "the sheer caucasity of it all!"