MLK’s son slams Mark Robinson for ‘outright rejection of the Civil Rights movement’

Martin Luther King Jr. would be “gravely disappointed” in Mark Robinson, who has repeatedly disparaged and compared himself to the civil rights leader, King’s son says in a new ad campaign against the North Carolina Lieutenant Governor who is now running to be the state’s first Black Governor. 

In two short video clips released by Progress NC Action on Father’s Day, Martin Luther King III explains that Robinson is in “diametric opposition to the ideals many Black leaders have fought for over the decades.” 

Robinson is running against Democrat Josh Stein, the state’s current Attorney General who would be the state’s first Jewish Governor if elected.

“North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson has repeatedly mocked my father,” King said in a 30-second video spot released on June 16. “But it’s not the petty insults that bother me. It’s his outright rejection of the Civil Rights movement my father and so many others lived and died for.”

Among other slights against various civil rights actions of the 1960s, Robinson has downplayed the impact of the Greensboro, North Carolina sit-in where in 1960 young Black students took up perches at a segregated Woolworth’s lunch counter and refused to leave after being denied service.

“Robinson called the Greensboro lunch counter protest a ridiculous premise,” King added. The non-violent protests eventually led to Woolworth’s ending its policy of racial segregation and fired up the national sit-in movement.

“As my father said, nothing is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity,” King says.

In a second 30-second clip, King recites Robinson’s claims that he is “Martin Luther King on steroids” and “Martin Luther King times two,” saying the comparisons are an insult to his father’s legacy. Former President Donald Trump has made similar comparisons.

“My father stood for peace, justice and equity,” King says. “The blatant bigotry that Robinson, Trump and (the) far-right have devoted themselves stands in direct opposition to what my father called ‘the beloved community’ – a world built on peace and justice. Let me be clear, my father would be gravely disappointed in Mark Robinson.”  

King, who is the son of King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, timed the release of his attack on Robinson with Father’s Day and the Juneteenth holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.

King calls out Robinson for routinely mocking the Civil Rights Movement, Black history, and Black culture, and for defending Confederate monuments, commenting that Black people owe others for the horrors of slavery, and calling Black culture a “dismal failure.”

“Robinson uses vile language and ugly stereotypes to talk about the Black community,” King said. “He routinely questions the work ethic and intelligence of Black people, says Black people ‘love to kill each other’ and embrace ‘deviant, hypersexual behavior’ and has referred to Black men as ‘deadbeat’ and Black women as ‘whorish.’” 

King accused Robinson of using his faith as a weapon to lash out at women leaders and target members of the LGBTQ community. 

Meanwhile, former President Trump on Monday announced a Black Americans for Trump” coalition of prominent politicians and celebrities who have endorsed his re-election campaign. Among the supporters listed in a campaign email are Robinson and Alveda King, Chairwoman of the Center for the American Dream at the America First Policy Institute. Alveda King is a niece of Martin Luther King Jr. and the daughter of civil rights activist A. D. King and his wife, Naomi Barber King.

“Ever praying for my friend and forever President Donald John Trump,” Alveda King is quoted as saying in the Trump campaign email. “His support for our communities; life, liberty and pursuit of happiness and beyond is unmatched.”

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