Many celebrities and influencers have commented on the “take a knee” NFL controversy, including the daughter of one of the most revered civil rights icons − Martin Luther King, Jr.
NFL players, taking after Colin Kaepernick, have kneeled during the national anthem at games to denounce President Donald Trump’s statements about athletes fighting injustices by taking a knee during the song.
King’s daughter Bernice King, a beloved Atlantan, chimed in, comparing her father’s nonviolent demonstrations to those of the NFL players.
"People didn't approve of the way my father protested injustice either; said he was causing trouble, called him an 'outside agitator,'" she wrote.
That’s when one tweep, @Robert23003286, attempted to correct King on her dad’s beliefs.
“Please don't take a honest man and try and turn him into something thats not him. He believed in peaceful protests, you tarnish his legacy,” he said.
Please don't take a honest man and try and turn him into something thats not him. He believed in peaceful protests, you tarnish his legacy— Robert (@Robert23003286) September 24, 2017
But others on Twitter were not interested in his explanation, criticizing him for trying to clarify the activist’s legacy to his own daughter.
That's his daughter you're denigrating. Have some #respect.— Ashley The Fearless (@mojofearless) September 25, 2017
That awkward moment when someone is so clueless, they try to explain Martin Luther King Jr.'s beliefs to his own daughter.— Brenda Lyons (@brendalyonsart) September 25, 2017
Did...did this guy just try to mansplain MLK to MLK’s daughter?? 😂😂😂😂😂😂— me (@Hawks12Fanatic) September 25, 2017
Wow. Peak whiteness right here.White dude telling black woman about what HER dad did.— AnotherSlyFoxChris (@IAnotherSlyFox) September 25, 2017
Then, there were some who challenged his thoughts on nonviolent protesting.
If kneeling is violent then why do people of all faiths do it when practising their religions? 🤔🤔🤔— Calvin Delius (@NotHobbes_MUFC) September 25, 2017
Please read a few books, your ignorance about MLK is shameful but fixable— Just Hate (@justhate) September 26, 2017
And some were convinced that the user wasn’t even an actual person.
The above account @Robert2303286 is almost certainly part of an Information operation, and not a real person.— Robert Rutledge (@rerutled) September 25, 2017
Which is far, far worse.
So that tweet of the dude telling off MLK's daughter: pretty sure that's a bot. 8 digit serial number, repeated use of media, spurts of use.— Fake Geek Zak (@ZakEdwardsLive) September 26, 2017