Dr. King’s Daughter, Bernice King, Responds to Ted Cruz Tweet About Her Father

Dr. Bernice King the youngest daughter of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, recently had to check Texas Senator Ted Cruz after the right wing Republican commented on how her father would have felt about the NAACP’s recently issued travel advisory for the state of Florida. 

The audacious and often misguided Cruz who has participated in voter suppression efforts and sated that having a Black woman on the Supreme Court is “an insult to Black woman.” In his tweet that Dr. Bernice King too exception to, called that the NAACP’s travel advisory for Black people and other minority groups in Florida is “bizarre” and that if Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were alive he would be “ashamed of how profoundly [the NAACP] lost their way.”

King’s quick and definitive response may have helped inform the wayward Cruz on Dr. King’s philosophy. “What my father would be deeply concerned about is the harmful, discriminatory legislation in Florida.” She continued by sharing a speech from her father with the caption, “Many are getting #MLK wrong. He was a dreamer, but his dream was global, inclusive, and deeply rooted in love and commitment to eradicating what he called the “Triple Evils,” war, poverty, and racism.

The NAACP issued this Florida travel warning on May 20, 2023, in response to DeSantis’ signing of a bill to defund diversity programs in Florida colleges and universities, which also impacts teaching about diversity in classrooms. The NAACP’s statement emphasizes the growing concern for the safety of minorities in Florida:

“Florida is openly hostile toward African Americans, people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals. Before traveling to Florida, please understand that the state of Florida devalues and marginalizes the contributions of, and the challenges faced by African Americans and other communities of color.”



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