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.”
“You will not misappropriate my father this way … I’m one of those four children,” she said, referring to her siblings, while also adding, “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.
“Critical race theory goes against everything Martin Luther King has ever told us, ‘Don’t judge us by the color of our skin,’ and now they’re embracing it,” McCarthy said in a clip of a recent interview he tweeted on Monday.
Other conservatives and opponents of the theory have cited the same message by the late icon to oppose teachings of the concept.
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SOURCE: The Hill, Aris Folley