Martin Luther King’s wife, Coretta Scott King, died in 2006 at age 78. Eleven years later a letter she penned objecting to Sen. Jeff Sessions’ 1986 nomination for a judgeship has gone viral. Her ever-pertinent words form a haunting bridge between the questionable cast of characters the 45th president has welcomed to the White House and the very real civil rights struggle of the nation’s recent past.
Republicans don’t like remembering those “uncomfortable parts” of black history — and Sessions’ ugly past — so much so that they’re willing to censor and attack anyone who seeks to memorialize it.
Bernice King took to Facebook to celebrate the reading of her mother’s letter by male Senators but was very angry at Mitch McConnell’s uncalled-for silencing of Sen. Elizabeth Warren. “Glad my mom’s words were finally read at #Sessionshearing by Senator Jeff Merkley but why was U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren silenced? Now is the time to defeat patriarchism and #letlizspeak” wrote Bernice on Facebook.
Now, as her mother’s words carry across the internet, King’s daughter is pushing forward an agenda for American’s to defeat the president’s hate regime. Bernice King posted the following 10 steps to resist the current regime on her “Be A King” Facebook page (follow it if you haven’t already).
The post was originally written by J. Jerrald Hayes.
1. Use his name sparingly so as not to detract from the issues. I believe that everyone, regardless of their beliefs, deserves the dignity of being called by their name. However, this is a strategic tactic. While we are so focused on him we are prone to neglect the questionable policies that threaten freedom, justice and fairness advanced by the administration.
2. Remember this is a regime and he’s not acting alone;
3. Do not argue with those who support him and his policies–it doesn’t work;
4. Focus on his policies, not his appearance and mental state;
5. Keep your message positive; those who oppose peace and justice want the country to be angry and fearful because this is the soil from which their darkest policies will grow;
6. No more helpless/hopeless talk;
7. Support artists and the arts;
8. Be careful not to spread fake news. Check it;
9. Take care of yourselves; and
Keep demonstrations peaceful. In the words of John Lennon, “When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system’s game. The establishment will irritate you – pull your beard, flick your face – to make you fight! Because once they’ve got you violent, then they know how to handle you. The only thing they don’t know how to handle is non-violence and humor.”
When you post or talk about him, don’t assign his actions to him, assign them to “The Republican Administration,” or “The Republicans.” This will have several effects: the Republican legislators will either have to take responsibility for their association with him or stand up for what some of them don’t like; he will not get the focus of attention he craves; Republican representatives will become very concerned about their re-elections.
In honor of King’s poignant commandments, this article does not name the 45th president. Thinking positively, he will soon be the nation’s 45th former president, so long as Americans — both in positions of power and on the streets — continue to engage and resist his regressive agenda.