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Emit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-08-10 11:45 AM
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MLK's Niece Speaks At NOM's Hate Tour
From the NOM Tour Tracker:

In Atlanta, a two-faced NOM: songs of unity while trashing same-sex families

by Arisha Michelle Hatch

We arrived here in Atlanta curious about what direction NOM would go today. Our arrival came on the heels of NOM refusing to allow us or openly affectionate same-sex couples into their rally in St. Louis, MO- having the police act as bouncers forced to make value judgments about the right kind of people to be allowed in.

~snip~

Dr. King made a few short remarks.

I dont know about you but Im not ready to be extinct, King said to the crowd after pointing out that it is statistically proven that marriage between one man and one woman is the foundation of society.

~snip~

UPDATE BY ARISHA (1:59 PST): My streak of remaining disengaged as an interviewer was broken today in front of the Capitol building in Atlanta. Ive interviewed Larry Adams, a NOM rally attendee, that suggested that the solution to homosexuality was lynching; Ive interviewed a Pentecostal minister, speaking in tongues in Providence; Ive endured Brian Browns spin without flinching.

But today was different.

Five minutes into my interview with Dr. Alveda King (video coming), I began to cry. I was talking about the privileges that I, as a 28 year old African American woman, have received the privilege of going to integrated schools, never feeling as if my race or my gender were barriers to my success when I felt my voice begin to break, my body quiver, and my eyes well up with tears.

I dont know why. I cant explain it.

She reached her hand out to me, offering something cliche like you are beautiful.

Hold it together, Arisha, I thought to myself.

Perhaps I was too excited about this interview. Maybe, just maybe, the anticipation of it all got the best of me. Or perhaps, I was sad to see this woman and the King name being used as a prop for NOM. Perhaps I expected Dr. Alveda King to actually answer my questions.

Maybe I expected too much from her.

Nonetheless, standing in front of the Capitol steps interviewing the niece of a hero and all I could do was cry.

UPDATE BY ADAM (2:38 PST): Heres the video. Its incredible.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wf-L2He4xww&feature=play...

~snip~


http://prop8trialtracker.com/2010/08/07/in-atlanta-a-tw... /


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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-08-10 11:55 AM
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1. Is this the same niece promoting the myth that MLK was a republican?
She's an idiot. Dr King's kids have all but called her a liar.
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CurtEastPoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-08-10 12:06 PM
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2. Yep, a smear on the King name. I posted pics yesterday.
See: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

She's a Doctor, of course. Doctor of WHAT?

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Rob H. Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-08-10 05:00 PM
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5. According to wikipedia, it's an honorary doctorate in law
from St. Anselm College.
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ellenfl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-08-10 01:59 PM
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3. trading on the king name . . . sad. she said a whole lot
about nothing. i'm happy to hear she does not speak for the king legacy. i don't blame the interviewer for becoming emotional.

ellen fl
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txlibdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-08-10 04:30 PM
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4. Trying to capitalize on the name
Shameful but widespread.
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