As more people join the #TakeAKnee movement, it's impossible not to draw a line connecting the protests of today to those in the past. Very few people are as qualified to compare the two than Bernice A. King, the daughter of world-renowned civil rights activist, Martin Luther King Jr.
However, when she tried to tell the world about her father's protests and the way he was perceived by others, the Internet responded as it is all too often wont to do: A Mansplainer came to the "rescue" and told her all about how wrong she was... about her own father.
Bernice A. King is a minister, CEO, and the youngest daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King.
She’s also an active Twitter user. She uses the platform as a place to share her father’s legacy and continue the King family tradition of advocating for civil rights for all people.
In light of the recent NFL protests, King has started tweeting comparisons between her father and the athletes who have chosen to #TakeAKnee.
She has pointed out that although Martin Luther King Jr.’s own protests took place decades ago, the issues of racism and the corrupt systems that inspired them are still prevalent today.
She also called Donald Trump out for trying to make the #TakeAKnee movement about him rather than acknowledge what people are actually protesting.
Just as a reminder: Colin Kaepernick started his protest against police brutality and racial injustice while Obama was in office.
But that hasn’t stopped Trump from making them about himself by commenting on the peaceful protests and calling those who participate in them a “son of a bitch.”
King provided the important reminder that although her father is revered by many today, he was seen as an agitator when he was protesting against injustices.
It’s similar to the way many are speaking about the protestors in the #TakeAKnee movement.
Although their protest is silent and nonviolent, the rhetoric used against them is extreme. They’re accused of disrespecting the flag and being unpatriotic.
King also pointed out the hypocrisy of people who often quote her father today in an attempt to deter protestors.
She says that many who turn to Martin Luther King Jr.’s words to discourage others from protesting would actually have hated him in real life.
It was at this point that a man turned up on Twitter with the most inappropriate response…