Martin Luther King Jr.'s Daughter Shares Advice for Resisting President Trump

Bernice King advises people to use the president's name as little as possible

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Bernice King’s No. 1 rule when it comes to the new president? Use his name as little as possible.

The daughter of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. took to her Facebook on Wednesday to share a list of tips for those seeking to push back against President Trump and his administration — or as her post calls it, his “regime.”

“Some Wise Advice Circulating,” the post began.

The first of 10 tips reads: “Use his name sparingly so as not to detract from the issues. I believe that everyone, regardless of their beliefs, deserves the dignity of being called by their name. However, this is a strategic tactic. While we are so focused on him we are prone to neglect the questionable policies that threaten freedom, justice and fairness advanced by the administration.”

Among the other advice are suggestions to “Remember this is a regime and he’s not acting alone,” “Focus on his policies, not his appearance and mental state,” and finally: “Resist!”

“When you post or talk about him, don’t assign his actions to him, assign them to ‘The Republican Administration,’ or ‘The Republicans,’ ” the post continued. “This will have several effects: the Republican legislators will either have to take responsibility for their association with him or stand up for what some of them don’t like; he will not get the focus of attention he craves; Republican representatives will become very concerned about their re-elections.”

It is unclear where the tips originated but it appears they were authored by someone other than King, as similar Facebook posts showed earlier time stamps.

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King also spoke out this week about Senate Republicans’ vote to silence Sen. Elizabeth Warren from reading a letter her mother, Coretta Scott King, wrote in opposition to a 1986 federal judgeship position for Sen. Jeff Sessions, Trump’s pick for attorney general.

“The profound voice and leadership of Coretta Scott King, my mother, a global peace advocate and a human rights activist, still resonates today,” King said, according to the Associated Press. “Her letter regarding Senator Jeff Sessions, written 30 years ago, yet still prolific, should propel us all toward a commitment to eradicating all systemic injustices. Further, the letter should remind us that she was much more than the widow of a world leader who was a drum major for justice. She was, in her own right, before she married my father, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and after his death, a powerful force for good and a purveyor of engaging peaceful means for creating a more just and humane world.”

“Coretta Scott King was also a women’s rights activist who opposed physical, psychological, and all other forms of violence against women,” the statement continued. “She advocated for the inclusion of women in every critical arena of society, including government. I firmly believe that my mother would consider it an affront to women and humanity that Senator Elizabeth Warren was silenced and prevented from reading her letter, while male members of the Senate were permitted to read that same letter. These actions on our Senate floor reflect the continual blight of a patriarchal order in our nation and world.”

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