Bernice King, the daughter of civil rights icons Rev. Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King and the CEO of the King Center, posted a ten point anti-Trump manifesto to Facebook Tuesday night that calls on opponents of President Donald Trump to never say his name. King is not the author of the manifesto, but posted it with the heading, “Some Wise Advice Circulating”.
Bernice King, image via Twitter avatar.
Some Wise Advice Circulating:
1. Don’t use his name; EVER (45 will do)
2. Remember this is a regime and he’s not acting alone;
3. Do not argue with those who support him–it doesn’t work;
4. Focus on his policies, not his orange-ness and mental state;
5. Keep your message positive; they want the country to be angry and fearful because this is the soil from which their darkest policies will grow;
6. No more helpless/hopeless talk;
7. Support artists and the arts;
8. Be careful not to spread fake news. Check it;
9. Take care of yourselves; and
Keep demonstrations peaceful. In the words of John Lennon, “When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system’s game. The establishment will irritate you – pull your beard, flick your face – to make you fight! Because once they’ve got you violent, then they know how to handle you. The only thing they don’t know how to handle is non-violence and humor.”
When you post or talk about him, don’t assign his actions to him, assign them to “The Republican Administration,” or “The Republicans.” This will have several effects: the Republican legislators will either have to take responsibility for their association with him or stand up for what some of them don’t like; he will not get the focus of attention he craves; Republican representatives will become very concerned about their re-elections.
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Bernice King’s cousin Alveda King announced last month that she voted for President Trump.
Sent from my iPhone pic.twitter.com/FSD6IliPY2
— Alveda King (@AlvedaCKing) January 24, 2017
— UPI.com (@UPI) January 17, 2017
Martin Luther King III, Bernice King’s brother, held what he termed a “constructive” meeting with then President-elect Trump on Martin Luther King Day.
Thanks to White House Chief of Staff for this wonderful picture of the MLK bust in the oval pic.twitter.com/Lzgj6RljvI
— Sean Spicer (@PressSec) January 21, 2017
President Trump kept the bust of Martin Luther King in the Oval Office, contrary to media reports that said the bust had been removed by Trump.