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Dear Alveda King, your lie about Bayard Rustin will not go unanswered

Friday, May 25, 2012

Dear Ms. Alveda King,

I have watched your “career” as an “activist” and a “leader” over the years with a mixture of amusement and annoyance. I was amused as to how you were suddenly anointed as a voice for the black community simply because you are Martin Luther King, Jr’s niece.

And I was a bit annoyed at your nasty attack on Coretta Scott King two years ago when you implied that you knew MLK’s heart better than her because you “had his DNA and she didn’t.”

Alveda King

However, your recent comments have led me to a state that goes beyond annoyance. Comments you made about the late Bayard Rustin make it necessary that I call you out for your blatant dishonesty.

You said:

“The 21st century homosexual lobby likes to point to the professional relationship between my uncle Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bayard Rustin, his openly homosexual staffer who left the movement at the height of the campaign. Rustin attempted to convince Uncle M. L. that homosexual rights were equal with civil rights. Uncle M. L. did not agree, and would not attach the homosexual agenda to the 20th century civil rights struggles. So Mr. Rustin resigned.

I would like to know where you received your information concerning this claim and until you show this information, I feel safe in calling you out as a boldfaced liar.

According to several sources, most specifically the excellent book “Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin,” by John D’Emilio, Rustin resigned because prominent black leaders, specifically the late Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, had gotten jealous of King’s influence and were going to accuse him and the openly gay Rustin of being lovers.

It was some of these same leaders who did not want Rustin to have anything to do with the 1963 March on Washington, but labor leader A. Philip Randolph insisted that Rustin be involved. And as you SHOULD know, this was a good move because Rustin was the architect of that successful march.

Bayard Rustin, circa 1963

Furthermore Rustin began speaking about gay issues in the 1980s at the behest of his partner, Walter Naegle. This was over two decades after MLK’s death.

Ms. King, you like to talk about the so-called sin of homosexuality, but let me remind you that the Bible also says something against bearing false witness.

And between me and you, from one African-American to another, I would personally like to know just what constitutes you as a genuine leader in the black community?

To my knowledge, no one has taken the initiative to ask you that question, so I would like to. Do you really think that your relationship to one of the greatest American leaders of the 20th century makes you a leader?

I don’t think so. On my father’s side of my family, I am a distant cousin to the rapper Lil Bow Wow, but at no time have I rushed to a record company demanding a contract.

Ms. King, it takes more than familial connections to make one a leader. Allow me to school you on the qualities.

A leader sacrifices for others.

A leader does not seek the spotlight.

A leader works his or her fingers to the bone for a cause.

A leader inspires others.

A leader puts him or herself on the line more than once even though success of the cause may not be assured.

Bayard Rustin had all of these qualities. You have none of them. Ever since you have shown your face in the public arena, the only person you seemed to have cared about is yourself. You inspire no one. You do the least amount of work. And worst of all, none of your fame comes from anything you have done, but only due to the fact that you had the good fortune to be related to Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you didn’t have this familial relation, no one would care about anything you say.

So please stop lying to yourself as to your status and your impact. You have neither.

And while I detest how you are reaping the benefits of your uncle’s hard work, I have nothing to do with it.

BUT I will be damned if I say nothing while you besmirch the name of a man whose hard work put you in your pseudo-prominent situation.

Bayard Rustin was a leader in every sense of the word.

You aren’t. And while you may have King’s DNA, you are sorely lacking in his integrity or love.

You go and make your money, now.

Consider yourself checked and dismissed.

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19 more reader comments:

  1. Such a shame. I met one of Dr. King’s friends, whome we called Rev Willie, on a political action who told me Dr. King was accepting of gay people and all poor people’s struggles.

    Posted on Friday, May 25, 2012 at 12:46pm
  2. Thank you Mr McEwen…well said. Hope the coat tail rider fades into the background sooner rather than later.

    Posted on Friday, May 25, 2012 at 12:46pm
  3. Fantasically said! Alveda got schooled!

    Posted on Friday, May 25, 2012 at 12:47pm
  4. Well I just simply had to go up and retweet this one :-)

    Posted on Friday, May 25, 2012 at 12:48pm
  5. Hating is for the weak, loving is for the strong. It takes more to love someone who did you wrong than it does to hate them.

    Posted on Friday, May 25, 2012 at 12:54pm
  6. I’m sure if Dr. king was alive he would have told her to shut her ignorant homophobic piehole. This bigoted bitch should be ashamed of herself.

    Posted on Friday, May 25, 2012 at 1:04pm
  7. Wow ! This was on point ! Checked and Dismissed indeed !

    Posted on Friday, May 25, 2012 at 1:08pm
  8. Wow! Yeah…what he said! That woman sullies her family’s name.

    Posted on Friday, May 25, 2012 at 1:16pm
  9. Loved this. Aside from being related to a great leader, what has this bigot ACTUALLY DONE?

    Posted on Friday, May 25, 2012 at 1:18pm
  10. Timothy 2:12 “I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent.”

    Posted on Friday, May 25, 2012 at 1:26pm
  11. has just written a message to Alveda King:
    so, Ms. King, I’ve heard that you speak out against Equal Rights for the LGBT-Community…
    And you’ve dared to say that your views come from the Lord himself…
    May I simply propose a question?
    You are praying to and worshiping your God, an entity that you think of as being almighty and who’s mind is universal – big enough so that his mere thought or just a word of Him will create everything that is around us…
    At the same time you think that with a small human brain you might be able to distinct what this almighty God had in His mind and might be capable of understanding what was on his plan and what wasn’t…
    I think this complete lack of humbleness is nothing less than blasphemy…
    you may ask yourself: why are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender children born from heterosexual parents generation after generation? what makes you sure of knowing “the truth”? homosexual behaviour has by now being witnessed and documented in more than 1.500 species. homophobia, on the other hand has just been found in one: humans…

    Regarding to the things you’ve said about Ms Coratta Scott King, the Wife and Life-Partner of your Uncle, the great Dr. Martin Luther King, who’s work has always impressed me since I first learned about him in school, let me tell you: you have disgraced yourself with your coments.
    A mans – or womans – good reputation is not defined by the name he – or she – is bearing, but by the excellence of the things he – or she – says and does, by the virtue and valour he – or she – displays, and by the compassion that is shown…

    You have proofed haveing non of this…
    I feel sorry for you and hope that you might have a touch of enlightenment one day that will broaden your horizont and open up your heart…

    Posted on Friday, May 25, 2012 at 1:36pm
  12. Bitches be trippin.

    Posted on Friday, May 25, 2012 at 1:43pm
  13. Bitch thinks God is talking ing her. News flash! It isn’t God. It’s all those crazy ass voices hate mongers have crawling around in their brain cells.

    Posted on Friday, May 25, 2012 at 1:56pm
  14. I fucking love it! Tell her dumb ass gf

    Posted on Friday, May 25, 2012 at 1:59pm
  15. Amen!

    Posted on Friday, May 25, 2012 at 2:38pm
  16. Thank you and I hope she learned from that

    Posted on Friday, May 25, 2012 at 3:02pm
  17. “Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.” Its no wonder, unfortunately this old goodie from Exodus has found an almost cult following this week.

    Posted on Friday, May 25, 2012 at 3:17pm
  18. call her out!!

    Posted on Friday, May 25, 2012 at 3:46pm
  19. It is not uncommon for the child to want to distance themselves from the relative, especially a successfulrelative… To want to stand ont heir own, in their own name. But I never thought Alveda would step so far away from her Uncles message of equality and civil rights as to join the voice of such “prestigious ” groups as the ku klux klan. The klan want to suppress a group of people they feel are inferior to everyone else, and so does alveda. She wants to suppress the rights of homosexuals because she feels we are second class of people. Wow, alveda, your Uncle would be embarrassed and humiliated by your preaching.

    Posted on Friday, May 25, 2012 at 5:23pm