‘Change never comes through violence’: MLK’s daughter asks protesters to fight for justice peacefully

National News

ATLANTA (WJW) — Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter, Dr. Bernice King, is urging protesters to demonstrate in a nonviolent manner.

Protest broke out across the nation this past weekend in response to the death of George Floyd.

Floyd died last Monday in Minneapolis after a police officer put his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than 8 minutes. The officer, Derrick Chauvin, was arrested on Friday and charged with third-degree murder. Floyd was black and Chauvin is white.

Most of this weekend’s protests were peaceful, however, some turned violent, prompting governors of multiple states to activate the National Guard. Protesters were seen looting, rioting and clashing with police.

Dr. Bernice King spoke out during an Atlanta city briefing on Saturday, asking for nonviolence.

“As I stand here in this moment and look at my journey, I have to make an appeal to my brothers and sisters, because I realized that the only way to get constructive change is through nonviolent means,” she said.

She continued to say that many people have been using her father’s words “riots are the language of the unheard.”

However, she continued to say the only have to overcome systemic racism and white supremacy in America is through nonviolent means.

“It is a proven method,” King said. “It did not fail my father… it did not fail them. Because when you really understand it and really practice it, it brings about the results.”

She acknowledges that African Americans want change and they want it now, but reiterates violence is not the solution.

“Change never comes through violence. It is not a solution. Violence, in fact, creates more problems,” she explained.

King says that those acting violently are not honoring the legacy of her father or that of George Floyd. Instead, they must fight for justice peacefully as nonviolence seeks true peace.

Continuing coverage, here.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

COVID-19 SAFETY TIPS

COVID Tip: Wash Your Hands

COVID Tip: Cover When Coughing and Sneezing

COVID Tip: Disinfecting

COVID Tip: Cover Your Mouth

COVID Tip: Avoid Close Contact

COVID-19 Tip: Disinfect Areas

COVID-19 Tip: Wash Hands Often

ValleyCentral App Links

App Store Link
Google Play Link