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EXCLUSIVE: MLK’s Niece Says Biden Speaks From A Different Reality In Saying Floyd’s Death Had A Bigger Impact Than MLK’s Assassination

Mary Margaret Olohan on June 12, 2020

  • Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece criticized 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden Friday for saying George Floyd’s death had a bigger impact than the MLK assassination in an exclusive interview with the Daily Caller News Foundation.
  • Alveda King spoke out after the former vice president said Thursday that “even Dr. King’s assassination did not have the worldwide impact that George Floyd’s death did.”
  • “I believe that Mr. Biden continues to speak from his basement from a reality that is different from what’s happening in the real world,” King said. “Why is it necessary to compare Martin Luther King Jr. And George Floyd?”

Former Vice President Joe Biden spoke from from a different reality when he commented that George Floyd’s death has had a greater worldwide impact than Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, King’s niece said in an exclusive interview with the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Advocate, activist, author, and speaker Alveda King reacted the presumptive 2020 Democratic nominee’s statement Thursday that “even Dr. King’s assassination did not have the worldwide impact that George Floyd’s death did.”

“I believe that Mr. Biden continues to speak from his basement, from a reality that is different from what’s happening in the real world,” King told the DCNF over the phone. “Why is it necessary to compare Martin Luther King Jr. And George Floyd?”

King emphasized that both Floyd and her uncle shared a commonality in that they were “both from God fearing families,” saying that this is “something Mr. Biden should recognize.” (RELATED: Biden Says MLK’s Assassination ‘Did Not Have The Worldwide Impact That George Floyd’s Death Did’)

Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody May 25 after an officer knelt on his neck for more than 8 minutes, according to a video. Since his death, cities across the U.S. as well as in Europe and Australia have seen protests, sometimes leading to rioting and looting.

King said Floyd’s death was unjust, as was her uncle’s and her own father’s.

“George Floyd was killed unjustly. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed unjustly. My father Reverend Alfred Daniel Williams King was killed unjustly. My grandmother, Alberta Williams King was killed unjustly. I mourn and grieve with the family of George Floyd. I still miss my beloved family members,” King said.

King said she believes that the coronavirus pandemic has been used to “put fear and confusion into the world” and that George Floyd’s death has been used to “bring about anarchy.” The response to the unrest over Floyd’s death, she said she has told her friends, is not violence but love.

“Jesus Christ hung on the cross between two felons, one felon said, ‘remember me’ and Jesus said to him, ‘you will be with me in paradise today,’” she added. “That’s Jubilee. That’s what Jesus was about. That’s what Martin Luther King Jr was about.”

Jesus hung on the cross between two felons. Was killed by police officers. Said “FATHER FORGIVE THEM.” Is anyone getting JUBILEE out of this?

— Evangelist Alveda King (@AlvedaCKing) June 11, 2020

“I wonder if Uncle Joe, as they call him, understands Jubilee and redemption,” she added.

King, the daughter of Martin Luther King’s younger brother, Alfred Daniel “A.D.” King, said the death of Martin Luther King Jr. and her father showed her to answer agony and pain with hope and truth, she said.

“My daddy, AD King was killed and my uncle Martin was killed. But I lived through those race wars and I saw each of them in their own way. They taught me how to be Christ-like and nonviolent. So that means I answer pain, and agony, and anger, and injustice with faith, hope and love. And that’s what the leaders of this nation need to be doing — to continue to speak hope, speak truth, and to listen to the pain,” King said.

AD King was present when his brother was murdered in Memphis, Tennessee in 1968, and Alveda King says that her father was also killed.

“They killed my brother. I’m gonna find out who did it,” Alveda King overheard her father say over the phone on the night of July 20, 1969, the Seattle Times reported. The next morning, AD King’s body was discovered at the bottom of the family’s swimming pool.

King described to the DCNF how her family’s house was bombed in 1963 when she was 12 years old. Her father stood on a car and told those who came to avenge the bombing, “I would rather you go home and pray,” she said.

“We were in the house when it was bombed,” she said, referring the DCNF to a video describing the incident. “I lived through that moment,” she said.

Like her father, King said she advocates for love over violence.

“I lived through the race wars of the 20th century,” she said. “I actually lived through the race wars.”

One blood. One human race. One GOD. pic.twitter.com/lks7JeaqJj

— Evangelist Alveda King (@AlvedaCKing) June 11, 2020

“We can’t be color blind,” she added. “You need to see color. God designs color. And it’s a beautiful distinction, but it’s designed for us to live together.”

When one of King’s caucasian friends asked how to respond to her neighborhood putting up Black Lives Matter Signs, King said she told her to get the biggest sign possible and put it on her lawn with a biblical quote: “Love never fails.”

The Biden campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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  1. nathan jarrell June 13, 2020

    What a wonderful testament from one who has had every reason to think otherwise. Would that so many others shared such loving thought!

  2. Gerald S Ladd June 13, 2020

    From what I’ve read, Floyd was a career criminal. He shouldn’t have died, but an angel he wasn’t

  3. bearslelt4 June 13, 2020

    Grow up, Biden has no reality. He has no idea who Dr. King is.

  4. james brown June 13, 2020

    Martin Luther King Jr was a Great Leader a Modern Day MOSES so Full of Love and Compassion for All People regardless of color! It pains me greatly that his death the True Word and Leadership of this Awesome MAN seems to have been lost along the way, giving way to radicalism and hatred! We can’t bring back Mr. King but maybe we can resurrect his Words and Beliefs and save this Great Nation of Ours! God Bless Martin Luther King Jr and God Bless America!!

  5. Wilddog June 13, 2020

    Alveda King is right. Floyd’s death IS being used to create anarchy. Antifa/BLM are nothing more than Marxist that hide behind racism to mask their real cause.

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  7. Bruce June 13, 2020

    Joe Biden dishonored MLK with his stupid comment and insulted all black Americans with previous comments. Progress in America will be reached for Black America when they finally realize the lies the Democrats have been feeding them all these years. Begin by listening to black leaders and quit listening to rate baiters like Sharpton and Pelosi.

  8. Saltnlight June 13, 2020

    Alveda, thank you. I have always admired the Godly stand that you uncle took, and now you take. I didn’t know about your Dad, but that was so sad and I admire you even more for your stand. You are one that helps me not to turn this newest race war into racist feelings. Which I have never had, but this current insanity has a way of pushing us towards that awful end. Thank you. I hope to meet you in heaven, someday.

  9. Charles M June 13, 2020

    You’re right on Bruce . I bet Dr.Martin Luther King is turning over in his grave during these days .

  10. Michael Groves June 13, 2020

    Mrs King, you have to excuse Joe, the rest of the BLM and Democrat’s can’t comprehend the difference between Martin Luther King Jr, and George Floyd. While I do believe what happened to Floyd was unjustified. Comparing him to King is a complete joke.

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  12. Mark June 14, 2020

    I don’t see race. I only see God’s people and the power of Gods eternal love

  13. Charles Cave June 14, 2020

    When I was a child in Sunday school I learned a song “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so; Red or Yellow, Black or White they are precious in His sight…..”. All lives matter and it is a shame Mr. Floyd had to die in such a terrible way. But, wouldn’t be nice to know if he indeed was trying to use a counterfeit bill and was struggling with the police trying to arrest him? Nothing excuses the way he died, but to compare him to MLK is a travesty. Mr. Floyd had a bad reputation with the law before that day. Another case was just brought to light that has been worked on for over a year. The man’s pastor was finally able to get the police tape released and shown. Again, it was under similar circumstances as he said he could not breath. The police, even a woman cop, were involved in this one. Autopsy showed Methamphetamine in his blood (was this one justified?). I hesitate to judge, but maybe he brought the rough treatment on himself by struggling with the police when they were trying to arrest him.
    An article I was reading just the other day was saying how many people of color are now being elected Mayors, Councilpersons, Senators, congresspersons, Policemen and Doctors, Lawyers, etc. I went to college from San Diego, California to “Bob Jones University” in South Carolina 1959 and was ashamed (in those days) for the way colored people were treated. Dish washers, servants, shoe shiners, trash collectors and more. I was run out of the school for making friends with some of those people and sharing my lunch with them in the shade of the trees. Looking out the windows of my home in Nevada now, I am pleased with the what I see. It still has a long way to go, but just think of the prejudiced beliefs that have changed in the past 60 years. We can make it totally better still if we share our love of GOD and Country. I am white, but pride myself in having an abundance of friends from many different lands and religions.

  14. Don June 14, 2020

    I have to agree with her about that. Biden hasn’t been in a true reality fro decades.

  15. Joe June 14, 2020

    You can pay much attention to what this corrupted good for nothing old perverted guy says unless you are a fanatic democrat with no brains to use and will approve everything and anything he said regardless how bad it may sound..he is totally out touch.

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