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 Minneapolis Police.
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.
Naturally, the 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 upset."
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.'"
Before conservatives 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 similarities, though.
"I 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 see.
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 justice.
"We 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 father's dream."
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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