🧵 Seldom-quoted #MLK: “Our nation was born in genocide when it embraced the doctrine that the original American, the Indian, was an inferior race. Even before there were large numbers of Negroes on our shore, the scar of racial hatred had already disfigured colonial society…
From the sixteenth century forward, blood flowed in battles over racial supremacy. We are perhaps the only nation which tried as a matter of national policy to wipe out its indigenous population. Moreover, we elevated that tragic experience into a noble crusade…
Sep 14, 2022 • 12 tweets • 10 min read
A 🧵 of #MLK writings/speeches (plus color photos) to get you started or continue your exploration.
🧵Today I'm remembering my grandmother, Alberta Williams King, who was taken from us prematurely not by old age or disease but a close-range gunshot wound. (1/4)
Six years after my father was assassinated, she was shot and killed while playing The Lord's Prayer on the organ in church. The killer was able to reload his firearm twice killing a total of two people, including my grandmother. (2/4)
Jan 24, 2022 • 12 tweets • 4 min read
A 🧵 of Black Joy. Reply with photos:
Jan 21, 2022 • 6 tweets • 4 min read
My father with his friend and ally, #ThichNhatHanh, who died this week. I celebrate and honor Thich Nhat Hanh’s life and global influence for peace.
@nytimes: “A prolific author, poet, teacher and peace activist, Thich Nhat Hanh was exiled from Vietnam after opposing the war…
…in the 1960s and became a leading voice in a movement he called “engaged Buddhism,” the application of Buddhist principles to political and social reform.” #ThichNhatHanh#MLK#BelovedCommunity
Jan 17, 2022 • 20 tweets • 25 min read
A thread of color photos of my father, as we commemorate his 93rd birthday.
Tomorrow, there will be people tweeting about my father and #MLKDay who are complicit in, complacent about and/or a part of cultivating some form of injustice.
That’s to be expected, and not just regarding voting legislation.
There will be people who are complicit in bombing children tweeting.
There will be people who are complacent about poverty tweeting.
There will be people who cultivate the Prison Industrial Complex tweeting.
And so on.
Nov 3, 2021 • 9 tweets • 2 min read
Me and my mother at my father’s funeral.
He wasn’t assassinated because he said he wanted his children to be judged “by the content of their character.”
He was gunned down because he was courageous and strategically working to dismantle racism, poverty and militarism.
He was speaking truth to power about the Vietnam War, about economic injustice + racial injustice, about ‘The Other America’ (), about the violence of the U.S. government.
Sep 25, 2021 • 15 tweets • 11 min read
A thread of quotes from my father’s last book, ‘Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?’, in which he shares at length about racism. The Beloved Community was his ultimate goal, but he believed that we had be honest about and eradicate racism to get there. #MLK#MLKonRacism
“The white backlash of today is rooted in the same problem that has characterized America ever since the black man landed in chains on the shores of this nation.” #MLK#MLKonRacism
Jun 21, 2021 • 7 tweets • 6 min read
#MLK#FathersDay - Many have been asking for more color photos of my father :-). Here’s a thread of color photos of him with his family:
Dinner Time. Play Time. We miss you, Daddy. #MLK
Apr 21, 2021 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Can I ask some questions pertaining to our humanity?
Ok, good. Thank you.
The footage of what happened with Ma’Khia didn’t/won’t prevent me from asking how she could still be with us...Why isn’t every human asking this humane question?
I care about EVERYONE I saw in that footage. Given this nation’s treatment of Black people, I am prone to question, Does Ma’Khia’s death demonstrate more of that treatment?
Why do we have to continue to explain this question vs. more white people joining in eradicating racism?
Apr 3, 2021 • 5 tweets • 3 min read
My father’s final speech, given the evening before he was assassinated, 53 years ago today.
“I may not get there with you.”
‘I’ve Been To The Mountaintop’ #MLK
April 3, 1968 (the evening before he was assassinated)
This week, I joined with @AmbAndrewYoung, John-Miles Lewis (son of Congressman #JohnLewis), and Al Vivian (son of Rev. #CTVivian) to send a letter to CEOs of #Georgia-based corporations calling upon them to oppose anti-#voter legislation; to use their influence...
with Georgia state legislators to deter any and all bills that include #VoterSuppression and would restrict voting access, particularly for Black communities; and to urge action that would ensure our state moves forward and not back to the era of Jim Crow politics.
Sep 21, 2020 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Capitalism feeds Racism.
White supremacist cries for “Law and Order!” are about maintaining a thing-oriented, not a people-oriented, society.
Dismantling unjust systems includes confronting the gross capitalistic spirit and the role it plays in racism, war and poverty.
“We must rapidly begin the shift from a “thing-oriented” society to a “person-oriented” society. When...profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.” #MLK
Jun 18, 2020 • 7 tweets • 1 min read
Racism devours respectability.
The #Emanuel9 were murdered in church.
May 11, 2020 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
#AhmaudArbery could have been jogging from church wearing a ‘Jesus Saves’ shirt and some people would still justify him being accosted by white men with rifles, shot and killed.
#TamirRice could have been 2 years-old with a purple toy gun.
Racism plows through respectability.
Racism rejects rational.
May 6, 2020 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Thread: The Manifestations of Racism in the Killing of #AhmaudArbery1. Conditioning
-White supremacist ideology conditions people with a desire for White power and territory and creates the illusion of superiority (“I’m entitled to chase and confront a Black man running through MY neighborhood”)
Apr 9, 2020 • 7 tweets • 4 min read
52 years ago today.
I’m sharing this thread of photos, not to cause sadness, but to remind us of a cause as critical today as then.
The racism, poverty & militarism that my father was working to eradicate still persist.
As a result, families are mourning at this very moment...
Yet, we can overcome these persistent evils with persistent, consistent good, as demonstrated by honesty & strategic, love-centered, courageous action.
My parents believed.
📸 My sister, Yoki (Yolanda), carrying me at the public service for my father @Morehouse. #MLK
Apr 6, 2020 • 11 tweets • 2 min read
“...with humanity in mind.”
MY STATEMENT REGARDING CO-CHAIRING #GEORGIA GOV. BRIAN KEMP’S #CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE COMMUNITY OUTREACH COMMITTEE:
Today, it is more apparent than ever before that, as my father stated, “We are tied in a single garment of destiny, 1)
caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” COVID-19 is devastating our World House, sickening and killing beloved family members, friends and neighbors, including healthcare workers, first responders, frontline... 2)