Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle tried so shame NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick on Tuesday by arguing that Martin Luther King Jr. would not approve of his decision not to stand for the national anthem out of protest.
“I think Dr. King, if he were alive today, he wouldn’t disrespect the flag or the anthem,” Guilfoyle said. “He would use his words and his voice to send a message for positive change.”
Conservatives have long used King’s name as a silencing tactic against protest, often in response to large-scale demonstrations or riots like the ones in Baltimore during the Freddie Gray case. But as Mic.com reported, King was not critical of such manifestations of anger against political institutions.
“I think America must see that riots do not develop out of thin air,” King said in a 1967 speech at Stanford University. “Certain conditions continue to exist in our society which must be condemned as vigorously as we condemn riots.”
As Salon pointed out in 2014, conservatives are also mistaken in invoking King’s name to defend “color-blind” ideologies, citing a passage from King’s 1964 book Why We Can’t Wait.
“Among the many vital jobs to be done, the nation must not only radically readjust its attitude toward the Negro in the compelling present, but must incorporate in its planning some compensatory consideration for the handicaps he has inherited from the past,” the civil rights leader wrote. “It is impossible to create a formula for the future which does not take into account that our society has been doing something special against the Negro for hundreds of years.”
Watch Guilfoyle’s remark, as posted online, below.
Iran says seized British-flagged tanker ‘free’ to leave
Iran said on Monday that a British-flagged oil tanker is "free" to leave more than two months after it was seized in the Gulf.
"The legal process has finished and based on that the conditions for letting the oil tanker go free have been fulfilled and the oil tanker can move," government spokesman Ali Rabiei told a news conference.
He did not specify when the Swedish-owned vessel would be allowed to set sail.
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps surrounded the Stena Impero with attack boats before rappelling onto the deck of the tanker in the Strait of Hormuz on July 19.
MSNBC’s Morning Joe fact-checks Trump’s ‘slimy’ lies about Biden: ‘He’s rigging the election!’
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough threw cold water on President Donald Trump's accusations against Joe Biden, as the Ukraine scandal continues to widen.
The "Morning Joe" host ripped the president for pressuring Ukraine's president to dig up dirt on Biden and then leaning on states to cancel Republican primaries to snuff out three challengers' campaigns.
"You talk about an inside game, rigging the process, and we talked about how Donald Trump is rigging the process on the Republican side to make sure that as many states as possible cancel democratic elections for the primary," Scarborough said. "I mean, he's learning from Vladimir Putin the way you get 100 percent of the vote is you just cancel the elections, and that's what Donald Trump is getting Republican operatives to do across the country."
Trump condemned for moving to ‘roll back the clock’ as letter exposes his attempt to form anti-abortion UN coalition
"It's not just abortion that they care about, they care about women's ability to exercise autonomy over their bodies and about denying them critical access to the services they need."
Global women's rights advocates raised alarm Monday after a leaked letter showed the Trump administration is pressuring U.N. member nations to join an international anti-abortion coalition.