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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would no doubt speak out on the prejudice that led to the stalking and killing of unarmed teenager, Trayvon Martin. But according to his niece, Dr. Alveda King, he wouldn’t have worn a hoodie.

On the Andrea Tantaros Radio Show last week, Ms. King denounced the viral doctored image of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a hoodie as a show of solidarity for Trayvon Martin, who wore a hoodie on the night he was shot to death.

“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would very likely not wear a hoodie,” she said. “I can assure you he would not wear sagging pants.”

Ms. King also had interesting viewpoints on the Zimmerman trial itself.

“There was a reasonable doubt in that case,” she said. “So the case went the ways of the laws of this land, but now we need to go further and look at the human heart.”

She believes the media is manipulating the case unjustifiably to fuel racial tension: “As far as trying to fit the Caucasians against African-Americans, Mr. Zimmerman is a Hispanic,” she said. “Although we are one blood, one human family, one human race, there’s a lot of deception and emotion in these things that are being spurred [...] Mr. Zimmerman is not a Caucasian. He’s not.”

Do you find the image of Martin Luther King, Jr. in a hoodie offensive? Do you believe he would stand in solidarity with Trayvon Martin?

  • mEE

    -____-
    she sounds just like the idiots who said that only “thugs” and “criminals” wear hoodies. who asked her opinion on this? so any relative of Dr. King is fit to speak the behalf of someone who’s been dead for 45 years? smh

  • http://s1044.photobucket.com/home/kaycole88/index kay

    oh she needs to have a stadium of seats. she’s his niece, not his child or his grandchild. does her opinion of what Dr. King might have done even matter? furthermore if any of the other issues she’s stood for are proof, she’s a whole hot mess of hypocrisy and I wouldn’t be surprised if she changed her mind about this later.

  • http://gravatar.com/tellmesumtingood TajMarie

    Although I am not fond of sagging pants, Ms. King comes off as an apologist for those profiling young black men. The last time I checked, this is the 21rst century and even I have worn “hoodies” during my undergraduate days and have worn such while living up North. It is practical to wear during those winter times as well as when it is slight cooled and drizzling outside so as not to carry around an umbrella. To suggest or even imply that people invoke racism towards them based on fear is no different than implying that women invoke sexism towards them based on lust. I had looked on other websites to get a greater context of her statements than what was presented here. However, the only conclusion that I could come to was that she is clearly delusional.

  • TypicalShenanigans

    What does sagging pants have to do with anything? if my memory serves correctly Trayvon Martin was wearing khaki pants the night he was profiled, stalked & murdered. Or atleast that’s what he appeared to be wearing in the crime scene photos.

    Girl, bye!

  • Kacey

    “…Mr. Zimmerman is not a Caucasian. He’s not.”

    Well, that’s news to him. But what exactly is her point here? That “hispanics” can not be racist against blacks? Is she really that dense?

  • Ashley.

    All I can say is “oh girl.”

  • donnadara

    Alveda King was a Herman Cain supporter and in 1994, she wrote a letter condemning Coretta Scott King. She also spoke at Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor Rally in 2010. She doesn’t speak for anyone but herself. She needs to stop pretending that she has any insight into the choices that Dr. King would make.

  • Ash

    She’s clearly not smart enough to realize that the picture of MLK in a hoodie is not say that he would would definitely wear a hoodie in this modern age (which he probably would), rather EVERYONE regardless of their attire or race deserves to be treated with respect.

    And as for her “one-drop Hispanic” rule…no comment. SMH

  • donnadara

    Hispanic is an ethnicity, not a race. Hispanics are any combination of white from the colonizers, black from the slaves and brown from the indigenous peoples of the country.

  • Karyn

    Ummm…last time I checked Hispanics had the option of being White too. I can guaran-DAMN-tee that Zimmerman checked White.

  • Misha

    Girl,bye. -____-

  • Amy

    Well, someone completely missed the point of the image…

  • LemonNLime

    Jesus how can anyone in this country have a conversation about race when people don’t know the difference between race, ethnicity, and nationality? Until you can figure out the difference (umm Google) your comments are not valid. There are black, white, brown, yellow, red and Hispanics. It’s like listening to someone who has never read the Constitution lecture you on law.

  • LemonNLime

    Jesus how can anyone in this country have a conversation about race when people don’t know the difference between race, ethnicity, and nationality? Until you can figure out the difference (umm Google) your comments are not valid. There are black, white, brown, yellow, red and Hispanics. It’s like listening to someone who has never read the Constitution lecture you on law.

  • Kacey

    I’m well aware of that, though Ms. King doesn’t seem to understand it.

    She implies, in that part of her statement I highlighted, that Zimmerman couldn’t be racist because he’s “hispanic”, which is wrong. Regardless of race, people who identify as “hispanic” (ethnically) can behave in a prejudiced/bigoted way toward [non-hispanic] blacks.

  • geenababe

    I can’t believe this lady holds the King’s name.

  • Miakoda

    The image isn’t offensive to me so much as it just doesn’t seem right.

  • Dee27

    It is highly possible that before all of this happen that George Zimmerman never considered himself to be anything but white despite the fact that his mother is Hispanic so I don’t get her logic.

  • noirluv45

    She also sounds like the female version of Larry Elder. Uncle and Auntie Tom.

  • http://clutchmagazine opiland

    Don’t judge a book by its cover.

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  • Mr

    black folks are racist too, you condemn this “white” mexican (which is a bullshit term coined by the far left)for being a racist, but have you looked into his past? you paint Trayvon “purple drank” Martin as an innocent child, have you seen his OWN facebook posts??? are you that f***ing stupid??? Im sure the reason Dr King’s niece spoke up was because she didn’t want what her uncle stood for to be a rallying cry for a teenager with a recent history of trying to make a quick high aka…purple drank (HIS WORDS, NOT mine) and suspected criminal activity, if i was doing this kinda shit when i was a teen, my folks would have WOOPED my ass. most black folks call a black republican an uncle tom or unable to think for themselves, but you all eat up EVERYTHING the left throws at you. how is that for free thinking?

  • cheeky

    @Mr.

    Exactly what evidence do you have that Martin even used drugs, besides smoking a little weed? And what the hell does have to do with him getting shot by that stupid wanna-be cop Zimmerman? Nothing—not a damn thing. And honestly, I could care less what Ms. King has to say, because she’s a Republican, and probably a Tea Party nut of top of that. The bottom line is, Martin did not deserve to be killed while walking through a gated community where he was staying–he had every damn right to be there, which is supposed to be one of the safest places around. I don’t care what the verdict was, he’s still guilty as far as I’m concerned, Zimmerman’s also got a criminal record that for some reason,was barely even discussed in the media, yet Trayvon Martin got painted as this “thug” because he got into fights in school and because of some comments/pictures he put on Facebook–which is not a reliable place to find out what someone is really like. Hell, most teenagers do that—I’ve always thought that if Martin were white, he would have never been followed in the first damn place. People would have been saying nice things about him,like “Oh, he was such a nice kid,he just had a few problems.” But,no, since he was black,it was, “He’s a thug since he was playing one on Facebook and since he’s black, he must have been a thug and beat up Zimmerman,” which I think is some BS, but anyway, I digress–I’m done.

  • cheeky

    @Mr.

    If you’d bothered to check,you’d know that Martin didn’t have a criminal record (unlike your boy George) and I don’t see anything wrong with the pic of Dr. King in a hoodie—it looks sweet, and sad, to me. Brings him down to earth a little bit more for some folks, I’m sure.

  • cheeky

    @Mr.

    Exactly what evidence do you have that Martin even used drugs, besides smoking a little weed? And what the hell does have to do with him getting shot by that stupid wanna-be cop Zimmerman? Nothing—not a damn thing. And honestly, I could care less what Ms. King has to say, because she’s a Republican, and probably a Tea Party nut of top of that. The bottom line is, Martin did not deserve to be killed while walking through a gated community where he was staying–he had every damn right to be there, which is supposed to be one of the safest places around. I don’t care what the verdict was, he’s still guilty as far as I’m concerned, Zimmerman’s also got a criminal record that for some reason,was barely even discussed in the media, yet Trayvon Martin got painted as this “thug” because he got into fights in school and because of some comments/pictures he put on Facebook–which is not a reliable place to find out what someone is really like. Hell, most teenagers do that—I’ve always thought that if Martin were white, he would have never been followed in the first damn place. People would have been saying nice things about him,like “Oh, he was such a nice kid,he just had a few problems.” But,no, since he was black,it was, “He’s a thug since he was playing one on Facebook and since he’s black, he must have been a thug and beat up Zimmerman,” which I think is some BS, but anyway, I digress–I’m done.

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