Leave a comment

Why, oh why, do politicians have to misuse and abuse Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s incredible legacy?

Cultural misappropriation is too real: MLK’s memory just got jacked again. This time, Georgia Governor candidate Stacey Evans released a tone-deaf ad that fails at trying to align her with King. The video shows Evans visiting King’s church, Ebenzer Baptist Church in Atlanta, hugging and interacting with Black churchgoers. At the end, she is seen standing in a pew while doing slow-motion clapping before her face fades into a picture of MLK.

Oh boy! The confusion and problems in this ad are just too much. Watch it below:

Clearly, this is an ad for fundraising and an attempt to garner support as well as endorsements for Evans. But winning support should never be done at the expense of misappropriation. Evans didn’t have to run this ad that uses King for political gain, and several folks agree with that.

“GA Gubernatorial Candidate Stacey Evans gets the for trying to defend her tone deaf and offensive commercial! And no, the @staceyabrams campaign didn’t ask me to say this.,” Tishaura O. Jones tweeted.

“You have no diversity on your team & apparently don’t understand its value,” CNN commentator and former South Carolina state legislator Bakari Sellers tweeted along with a link to the “tone deaf” ad.

Another comment also spoke truth to power.

“Superimposing Dr. King’s face over your candidate’s does not move you closer to uniting us all,” activist Anoa Changa wrote in response to the ad. “Our legacy and struggle are not to be used as props to push people across the finish line.”

Evans could have asked one simple”WWKT” question before shooting this ad: What would King think?


HUD Staffer Who Cyberbullied April Ryan Follows Trump’s Lead Of Blaspheming Black Women

One Step Forward, 10 Steps Back: San Francisco’s First Black Woman Mayor Unseated By Rich White Man

No, No, No! Georgia Governor Candidate’s MLK Ad Is Straight Misappropriation was originally published on newsone.com

comments – add yours