There’s one in every family. That one nerve-wracking niece or nephew, annoying aunt or crazy uncle you try to avoid at family gatherings who tracks you down like a heat-seeking missile, gets you in a corner and proceeds to pummel you into submission with their non-stop nuttiness and crazy thoughts.
In the family tree of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., his niece, Alveda King is the sap. An unabashed right-winger who is vehement in her opposition to abortion, gay rights and same-sex marriage, Alveda, who boasts she is carrying her uncle’s mantle forward told the thousands who attended Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor revival meeting in Washington that Dr. King, if he had been assassinated 42 years ago, would have also been there as well.
Alveda is an anti-abortion activist and something of a homophobe. In a 1998 speech she said, “Homosexuality cannot be elevated to the civil rights issue. The civil rights movement was born from the Bible. God hates homosexuality.” She claims Dr. King would oppose gay marriage and was a Republican.
Beck, a former drunk and drug addict, peddles a particularly poisonous and phony populism, and King is all too happy to lend him a little cover by being his token Negro friend. Her appearance at this strokefest for Beck’s ego was shameful and embarrassing. But Alveda King is not easily shamed or embarrassed.
Though Beck’s snake-oil medicine show last Saturday focused more on that old-time religion than criticizing President Obama, Beck went after him again in a post-rally interview with his employer, Fox News.
Beck said “[Obama] is a guy who understands the world through liberation theology, which is oppressor-and-victim.” He added, “People aren’t recognizing his version of Christianity.”
Beck, who also backtracked on his earlier proclamation describing the president as a “racist” amplified his attacks on Obama’s stated Christian beliefs saying on his Fox show, “You see, it’s all about victims and victimhood; oppressors and the oppressed; reparations, not repentance; collectivism, not individual salvation. I don’t know what that is, other than it’s not Muslim, it’s not Christian. It’s a perversion of the gospel of Jesus Christ as most Christians know it.”
No word from Alveda if she agrees with her buddy Beck in demonizing the president.
Dr. King isn’t the first person to have family members whom devoid of little talent and skills of their own greedily attempt to appropriate a legacy they played no part in. Alveda is just particularly despicable in how she exploits her bloodline to flog her particular views. Nobody is questioning her right to be as pro-life and anti-gay as she wants to be. It is just a bit contemptible how she has body snatched a dead man and tries to put words Dr. King never said in his mouth.
Salon.com profiled Alveda and exposed her arrogance and disdain for the late Coretta Scott King, the wife of her uncle.
In 1994, she released a letter condemning Coretta Scott King’s support for abortion and gay rights, saying it would bring “curses on your house and your people … cursing, vexation, rebuke in all that you put your hand to, sickness will come to you and your house, your bloodline will be cut off.”
Alveda is dismissive of her aunt, who died in 2006, saying, “I’ve got his DNA. She doesn’t, she didn’t … Therefore I know something about him. I’m made out of the same stuff.”
The same stuff? Only if Dr. King was full of crap.
Her uncle had a dream. Alveda King has a scheme. Pimp his last name and try to hijack his legacy.
When the only thing you have to go on is your last name that’s what you use in hopes some of the reflected glory will shine on you.
It hasn’t. Alveda King is the LaToya Jackson of right-wing politics. Another talentless non-entity jock riding a more accomplished relative and pathetically attempting to gravy train their reflected glory. The only reason she’s worth talking about at all is because she’s such a bad joke even while she lacks the self-awareness to know it.
Nothing a ranting demagogue like Beck the Babbler can say or do will lessen the impact and importance Dr. King had upon America. Alveda King Beal is a different issue entirely. If she wants to lend out her name to give cover to conservatives who would like to roll back the racial progress her uncle accomplished that’s her call.
But she needs to be called out as the total fraud she is when she presents herself as The One anointed to carry Dr. King’s work forward. All Alveda is a “obscure twig on the King family tree” as columnist Elmer Smith wrote in the Philadelphia Daily News.
She doesn’t exalt Dr. King. She exploits him and in doing so has exposed herself as unworthy of his legacy and totally unqualified to appoint herself as his messenger.