Kamala Harris roasted over allegedly ripped-off MLK story of a little girl and ‘fweedom’
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris told what she calls a ‘humorous’ story about her childhood. She follows in the tradition of Joe Biden’s speech plagiarization by ripping off a story from Martin Luther King Jr. in 1965. She did mix it up though and say ‘fweedom’ instead of ‘feedom’.
In a profile from Elle magazine, Harris stated that as a child she tumbled out of her stroller while her parents were enraptured at a political demonstration.
Senator Kamala Harris started her life’s work young. She laughs from her gut, the way you would with family, as she remembers being wheeled through an Oakland, California, civil rights march in a stroller with no straps with her parents and her uncle. At some point, she fell from the stroller (few safety regulations existed for children’s equipment back then), and the adults, caught up in the rapture of protest, just kept on marching. By the time they noticed little Kamala was gone and doubled back, she was understandably upset. “My mother tells the story about how I’m fussing,” Harris says, “and she’s like, ‘Baby, what do you want? What do you need?’ And I just looked at her and I said, ‘Fweedom.'”
Never mind that the majority of mothers would be more concerned with the child being okay rather than what she wants. That doesn’t make for a good fable.
It’s strikingly similar to a story told by MLK to Playboy magazine in 1965:
“I never will forget a moment in Birmingham when a white policeman accosted a little Negro girl, seven or eight years old, who was walking in a demonstration with her mother. “What do you want?” the policeman asked her gruffly, and the little girl looked 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.”
Who to believe? The good reverend or the first progressive black female VP? It’s a dilemma. Not.
Satirical site The Babylon Bee fantasizes about Harris recalling how as a little girl, she helped free slaves on the Undewgwound Wailwoad. Extremely apropos and funny.
U.S.—Kamala Harris chuckles as she tells the story. Not the chuckle of an insincere politician making up a story to appeal to her base, but the chuckle of a warm, loving woman. The kind of chuckle you would chuckle while hanging out with your family or locking up non-violent drug offenders for decades.
She recalled in her interview with The Babylon Bee how as a little girl she helped slaves escape to the North on the “undewgwound wailwoad.” (Did we mention how warm and sincere she was? It was like talking to your best bud).
“My parents were pushing me in a stroller,” she says, cackling — no, chuckling — “and I must have gotten loose somehow.” (At the time, there weren’t any safety regulations on strollers, so this is not her parents’ fault, just to be clear). “Anyway, I wandered away down to the Deep South and began helping slaves get to the free states. When my parents found me years later, they were understandably upset. They said, ‘Kamala! What are you doing!?'”
She chuckled again.
“I replied, ‘I’m hewping swaves escape on da undewground wailwoad, mommy!'” Harris then revealed that one of the slaves she helped escape grew up to be none other than Albert Einstein.
Harris, with her likable laugh and authentic demeanor, went on to tell the story of how she helped “Abwaham Winkon” draft the “Emancipation Pwocwamation” and how she refused to give up her seat on a bus, launching the “Civil wights” movement.
One of the big giveaways here is ‘her likable laugh and authentic demeanor’ which is just hilarious.
Others don’t find the reference quite as amusing.
“Plagiarizing an MLK interview seems like the kind of thing you’ll get caught on. Why do ppl do this to themselves,” wondered Seth Mandel, executive editor of the Washington Examiner.
“Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are two plagiarizing frauds. Biden plagiarized during law school and from RFK, Hubert Humphrey, JFK, and he stole the family history of a British politician. Now Kamala Harris plagiarized from MLK,” replied GOP Rapid Response Steve Guest.
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are two plagiarizing frauds.
Biden plagiarized during law school and from RFK, Hubert Humphrey, JFK, and he stole the family history of a British politician.
Now Kamala Harris plagiarized from MLK. https://t.co/h5QOs0t6Mx
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) January 4, 2021
Justifiably so, Alveda King, niece of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., blasted Harris for reportedly plagiarizing her uncle.
Speaking with Fox Business host Lou Dobbs, King said that Harris is nothing like her uncle.
“Kamala knows that her worldview is totally different than the worldview of Martin Luther King Jr., so it’s a big stretch for her to compare herself or to sound like him or to use some of his analogies,” she said.
King continued, “For instance, Kamala believes that it’s OK to abort babies up to nine months. And if you meant to abort the baby and the baby lives, then let the baby die. Martin Luther King Jr. served the public. He did not kill the public, and that would include babies in the womb.”
“He said, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ So she’s nothing like Martin Luther King Jr., but she still — there she is, playing on those emotions again.”