While many people are marching madly and holding signs, Alveda King, Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece, is marching to the beat of a different drum. In recent months, King, who is the Priests for Life Director of African-American Outreach, has criticized Al Sharpton as well as Jesse Jackson for unwarrantedly making everything a race issue.
King believes that the two men are being hypocritical by preaching a message of peace and then “stirring up the people without positive solutions,” she said recently in Sanford, Fla., the city where Trayvon Martin was shot.
King told The Daily Caller that she wanted Jackson and Sharpton “to talk about nonviolence and not to incite people with that race card that they are very good at playing.”
In November, King criticized Jackson, who compared the Occupy Wall Street protests to the civil rights movement. Jackson joined himself to the movement in Atlanta, and King spoke out. Referencing Jackson, King said he “needs to revisit his 20th century history.”