Dr. Bernice King says nonviolence is the key to bringing meaningful change in the current scenario
The unceremonious killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis by a group of police officers has caused the whole country to erupt in support of racial minorities and the endemic issue of police brutality. Although there are peaceful protests taking place in the majority of the states, there have also been cases of miscreants using the carnage as a cover to loot stores. Dr. Bernice King, daughter of civil rights hero Martin Luther King Jr., has witnessed the rise in such cases and has been urging protesters to take a non-violent stance when demonstrating. The weekend saw protests erupt in over 30 cities all over the nation including Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Washington D.C., and Seattle with some instances leading to looting and riots between law enforcement and demonstrators.
According to People, Dr. King spoke during a briefing on Atlanta City protests on Saturday and said: "As I stand here in this moment and look at my journey, I have to make an appeal to my brothers and sisters, because I realized that the only way to get constructive change is through nonviolent means. Riots are the language of the unheard." King also reiterated her point by using her father's fight as an example and said nonviolent means instigate change. "It did not fail my father... it did not fail them, because when you really understand it and really practice it, it brings about the results." She also gave an interview to MSNBC on Sunday and shared her thoughts on the protests happening nationwide: "The objectives of those truly protesting are directly connected to issues my father was addressing in the '50s and '60s," she said. "The issue is there is still two Americas: the America for black people and the America for white people."
Revolutionary protests have spread to at least 140 cities across the United States. At least 21 regions have declared martial law and called in regime forces.— Anonymous (@YourAnonCentral) June 1, 2020
The people demand the fall of the regime!#ICantBreathe #GeorgeFloyd #BlackLivesMatter #Anonymous pic.twitter.com/JaRZbGw9xu
Keisha Lance Bottoms, Atlanta Mayor, sided with Dr. King and reiterated her sentiments in an emotional speech of her own on Saturday morning. "You're not honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement. When you burn down this city, you’re burning down our community. You are disgracing this city, you are disgracing the life of George Floyd and every other person who has been killed in this country," she added. "We are better than this. We’re better than this as a city, we are better than this as a country." The protests have left plenty of cities destroyed due to the protests and looting which then prompted hundreds of volunteers who stepped up to clean up their cities. The protests initially began last week when the George Floyd footage emerged online and has now garnered support not just in the United States but also from across the world, including the UK where peaceful demonstrations were held.
Derek Chauvin, the officer who put his knee on Floyd's neck has since suffered repercussions for the act. He's been fired and was also charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter on Friday. According to WCJB, things changed for Chauvin on the home front as well after her wife reportedly filed for divorce. Speaking about the incident Kellie Chauvin's lawyer, the Sekula Law Office said in a statement on Friday.: "This evening, I spoke with Kellie Chauvin and her family. She is devastated by Mr. Floyd’s death and her utmost sympathy lies with his family, with his loved ones and with everyone who is grieving this tragedy. She has filed for dissolution of her marriage to Derek Chauvin. While Ms. Chauvin has no children from her current marriage, she respectfully requests that her children, her elder parents, and her extended family be given safety and privacy during this difficult time."
Nonviolence is not weak or passive.— Be A King (@BerniceKing) May 30, 2020
Nonviolence is active and aggressive.
It is strategic, with an ultimate goal.
It seeks true peace, which = justice.
Even if you disagree with it as a method for social change, I still hear you and love you. You are an answer and a solution. pic.twitter.com/COkjEJXOL2
Dr. King, meanwhile, stressed on the need for change now. "We want change and we want it now," she said. "But change never comes through violence. It is not a solution. Violence, in fact, creates more problems."
But LISTEN:— Be A King (@BerniceKing) June 1, 2020
With the fierce urgency of NOW, America must begin the strategic, focused work of supplanting racism and white supremacy with truth, equity, justice and love.
400+ years of the trauma of racism is 400+ years too long.
It never should have been.