Fox is continuing its long tradition of perverting Martin Luther King Day in order to race bait African Americans.
Raw Story caught three examples of Fox & Friends exploiting MLK Day to advance an anti-black narrative.
First, cohost Steve Doocy all but prodded King’s niece, Alveda King, to start attacking African Americans in the name of her uncle. Alveda King, you may recall, is a conservative Fox News contributor who complained on the air that President Obama’s Selma speech didn’t recognize the 55 million “people” who can’t vote because they were aborted.”
DOOCY: You look at Black Lives Matter, you look at the war on police and even the political tone in the nation. What would your uncle think about what’s going on in his America today?
King did not quite take the bait. “My uncle was a man of peace and reason… coming to the table with steps of non-violent conflict resolution,” she said. “Rather than stirring up that fear and that anger, we need to learn how to come to that table in the beloved community and put some solutions on the table, teaching people to use their words rather than bombs or guns or fists and use their words to heal rather than destroy.”
Apparently, she either did not notice or else did not care how Fox was using her to divide, not heal. She seemed to "forget" that MLK's iconic “I Have A Dream” speech specifically included police brutality as a civil rights issue:
There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?” We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality.
Later, Doocy and cohost Anna Kooiman again exploited Martin Luther King, this time to suggest that Black Lives Matter, today’s civil rights activists, were the ones perverting MLK Day.
After a Fox News Alert, swooshed across the screen, Doocy said, “A day of violence against police officers. Three separate attacks this morning.”
“All this as we are supposed to be remembering the peaceful message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” Kooiman scolded, deliberately suggesting – without any evidence – that the police were the victims of a civil rights movement gone wild.
Another segment proved Kooiman's attempt to baselessly race bait the shootings was no accident. As “WAR ON COPS” displayed on the lower third, Fox reporter Lea Gabrielle said there has been “a rash of officer-involved shootings overnight and early this morning on the eve of celebrating one of the greatest American civil rights activists.”
Lost in the shuffle, of course, was the fact that after venting their disgust with Trump, the Brits voted not to ban him.