After Mitch McConnell (R. KY) shamefully and disgracefully silenced Elizabeth Warren (D. MA) on the Senate Floor during Jeff Sessions’ Confirmation Hearing, the words of Corretta Scott King that Warren was trying to read at the time have gone viral.
Warren was reading a letter Mrs. King wrote in the 1980s that played a big role in his being rejected for a Judgeship then. Since Tuesday night, the letter itself has been posted to Facebook and Twitter thousands of times along with the hashtag #LetLizSpeak.
One person who did not care for the words of Dr. King’s widow being silenced, nor for the general feeling of white supremacy this administration seems to be condoning, is the Kings’ daughter, Bernice King.
Bernice King posted on her Be A King’s Facebook page 10 steps to deal with Trump and take back our democratic government. She passed on the following advice:
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
She went on to say:
“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.”
Well said, Bernice!