Kamala Harris accused of ripping off civil rights march anecdote from MLK
President-elect Joe Biden may have lost a step or two – or 10 – in the noggin, relative to the carney barker displays he put on in his younger days. But he still retains the capacity to lie with a silky smoothness that even Bill Clinton should envy.
Biden, many will recall, was forced to drop out of his first run for president in 1988 after it was discovered that he plagiarized the life and comments of British politician Neil Kinnock. Even last year, plagiarism accusations again surfaced when Biden was accused of ripping off the thoughts of a deceased Canadian politician, President Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders.
With this track record, it should not be surprising that Biden’s running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, picked up a few tricks. Some now claim Harris plagiarized an anecdote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who ironically, as scholars determined three decades ago, had plagiarized parts of his doctoral dissertation.
According to Fox News, Twitter user @engelsfreddie, whose profile describes him as “Islamo-leftist Freddie Engelish, and Andray Domise, an editor at the Canadian magazine Maclean’s, have determined that Harris retold a story, without attribution, to Elle magazine that King had first shared in a 1965 interview with Playboy magazine.
Elle’s interview with Harris, for its October edition, included this anecdote about Harris, as a youngster, joining her parents in a civil rights march. “At some point, she fell from the stroller … and the adults, caught up in the rapture of protest, just kept on marching,” Elle noted. “By the time they noticed little Kamala was gone and doubled back, she was understandably upset.”
Then Harris filled in some details. “My mother tells the story about how I’m fussing,” she told the magazine. “And she’s like, ‘Baby, what do you want? What do you need?’ And I just looked at her and I said, ‘Fweedom.’”
So it turns out Kamala Harris lifted her "Fweedom" story from a 1965 Playboy interview with Martin Luther King, by Alex Haley. Much thanks to @EngelsFreddie for spotting the similarityhttps://t.co/zDONW4Ueqs pic.twitter.com/yQuWZHYEMz
— Q. Anthony (ɔpɛ asem) (@andraydomise) January 4, 2021
Domise posted on Twitter the segment of King telling a similar tale to the author Alex Haley for his Playboy piece. It involved a Black child about eight years old encountering a White police officer during a march in Birmingham.
King told Haley: “‘What do you want?’ the policeman asked her gruffly, and the little girl looked at him straight in the eye and answered, ‘Fee-dom.’ She couldn’t even pronounce it, but she knew. It was beautiful! Many times when I have been in sorely trying situations, the memory of that little one has come into my mind, and has buoyed me.”
On Twitter, right-leaning critics had a field day.
Guess we know why Biden chose his running mate. He saw a lot of his own plagiarism in her.
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) January 4, 2021
Conservative columnist Stephen Miller wrote on Twitter: “Guess we know why Biden chose his running mate. He saw a lot of his own plagiarism in her.”
Actor and filmmaker Nick Searcy added, “I did a touring play about Martin Luther King in the 80s and 90s, and that “Fee-dom” story was in the play. @KamalaHarris is an idiot who doesn’t even know civil rights history. she speaks words written for her by other ignorant leftists. They disgrace the legacy of Dr. King.”
Former Washington Free Beacon writer Cameron Cawthorne pointed out Harris has used the story before, in two books she wrote.
— Cameron Cawthorne (@Cam_Cawthorne) January 5, 2021
But then again why not? The mainstream media will surely ignore this – that is, unless Harris faces criticism from those on her left.