The year 2020 would be
remembered for several tragic events – more prominently the several celebrity
deaths, the pandemic, and the civil rights protests that took place all across
the world. Now here’s a story about a plagiarized story and it relates to Martin Luther King Jr.
No one can forget the
marches and protests that transpired in the name of Black Lives Matter after
the horrendous and shameful murder of George Floyd by the bloody hands of
Last October, a month
before the Presidential Elections, the now U.S. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris (See: is she really a black?) gave an interview to Elle Magazine where she spoke about her ambition and fight for justice.
The interview contained
certain statements, due to which it went viral on Twitter. Last week, some of
the content of the interview resurfaced on the social media platform. In the
interview, she had shared a story regarding a civil rights protest that she had
attended as a kid with her parents.
But the story was
somewhat similar, and it felt as if it was manufactured to gain sympathy. Soon,
the users on the platform started questioning the validity of this story as
they felt that it was similar to the anecdote given by the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
And of course, all hell
broke loose. Like a magnet attracts another magnet, this story started getting
criticism and negative feedback from the conservative party. Needless to say, the
news outlets that are openly conservative, like Fox News, The Daily Wire, and
Daily Caller, started promoting this story.
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The next thing we know,
David Rubin, a conservative pundit, shared a side-by-side screenshot of the
Harris and King interview. He accused Harris of stealing her story in which she
had demanded rights as a toddler and she had also said that she went to the
protest with her parents. The interview was given in 1965 to Playboy.
accusations of Kamala Harris of plagiarism were so severe that they instantly gained traction and more users
jumped on the bandwagon, shared more similarities.
Soon, Ashley C. Ford
proclaimed in an Elle interview that Harris has dedicated her life to activism apart from Blue Wallace matters.
She wrote: “Senator Kamala Harris started her life’s
work young. She laughs from her gut, the way you would with family, as she
remembers being wheeled through an Oakland, California, civil rights march in a
stroller with no straps with her parents and her uncle.”
She continued: “At some point, she fell from the stroller
(few safety regulations existed for children’s equipment back then), and the
adults, caught up in the rapture of protest, just kept on marching. By the time
they noticed little Kamala was gone and doubled back, she was understandably
Harris also shared
another story: “My mother tells the
story about how I’m fussing and she’s like, ‘Baby, what do you want? What do
you need?’ And I just looked at her and I said, ‘Fweedom.'”
jump on and say they have this story in some book, they need to be reminded
that it appeared in Harris’s 2010 book “Smart on Crime” and also her 2019 book
“The Truths We Hold: An American Journey.”
It’s uncanny how
Harris’s story and King’s story in the 1065 Playboy interview shared so many
never will forget a moment in Birmingham when a white policeman accosted a
little Negro girl, seven or eight years old, who was walking in a demonstration
with her mother. ‘What do you want?’ the policeman asked her gruffly, and the
little girl looked him straight in the eye and answered, ‘Fee-dom.’ She
couldn’t even pronounce it, but she knew. It was beautiful! Many times when I
have been in sorely trying situations, the memory of that little one has come
into my mind, and has buoyed me.”
Very soon, #Fweedom
started trending on Twitter, which rubbed the conservative pundits the wrong
way, and they mocked and ridiculed her story.
If you think Harris is
the only one who has been accused of plagiarizing stories, then the left-wing
won’t be happy to find out that Joe Biden is not so far behind. Before this, we
were only used to making fun of Melania for copying Michelle Obama’s story, you
There have been
accusations in the past that Biden used some components from speeches given by politicians
in the past. He has also been accused of exaggerating about his role in
activism in the past.
In fact, just recently,
Vice President Mike Pence accused Biden of plagiarizing content from President
Trump’s Coronavirus response plans.
After discovering so
many similarities, Martin Luther King III’s son was asked to comment; he refused
the request and instead decided to bring attention to the importance of civil
need to ignore noise and political attacks and focus on what is really
important. African American families have been marching for freedom for
generations. As we march we must continue to focus on the ultimate goal of
eradicating racism, poverty, and violence, which are central to achieving my
Anyway, from whatever
we see, we can’t say that Harris didn’t copy the story from the 1965 interview.
We like the future Vice-president, but it would be a
blatant lie to claim that we trust her story entirely.
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