Mike Huckabee tried it when he twisted Martin Luther King Jr’s words around to as a way to undermine the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and to claim that #AllLivesMatter, as if stats and history that keep repeating don’t show the validity in why reminding people that Black lives matter is important. Basically, had said that Martin Luther King Jr. would be appalled by the #BlackLivesMatter movement during an interview with Wolf Blitzer.
Luckily, Janet Mock stepped in to get his behind together in a way that was dignified and classy. Mock took over Melissa Harris-Perry’s #Nerdland, where she delivered her eloquent read.
“The message from Black lives matter is that Black people don’t have the power to stop the violence against them from agents of the state,” she sated. ” It’s why they are appealing to people like you, people vying to represent the state.”
Mock also noted that Huckabee’s attempt to misrepresent King was a way “to silence the very people and ideas that he fought to protect and died to protect.”
“Because, yes, Martin Luther King Jr. was appalled by the notion that we are elevating some lives above others,” Mock said. “But you’re a little confused about the ‘we’ he was talking about.”
And he finisher:
He was delivering a damning indictment against the United States government for it’s failure to secure for Black people basic civil rights that relegated not only their citizenship, but their humanity to second class citizen status. When King watched Watts burn with fire and the indignation of Black rage as we have seen in Ferguson and Baltimore in recent months, he saw in it not the wanton violence of looters and rioters, but a response to the systematic violence of institutional racism.
Unfortunately, it’s probably safe to say that Mike Huckabee, a willfully obtuse ignoramus who defended an admitted child molester, doesn’t and never will get it.