The niece of civil-rights legend Dr. Martin Luther King is calling for calm in the wake of violence following the George Zimmerman verdict.
“We have to appeal to these young people not to be violent, but to be nonviolent and so that's the message for young people today,” Dr. Alveda King told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.
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“We do deeply grieve what happened to Trayvon [Martin] but . . . we're one human race and we need to get along.”
King, pastoral associate and director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries, made the comments amid reports of attacks on individuals by gangs who invoked the slain teenager’s name.
Tensions have risen across the nation since Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Florida, was acquitted of murder and manslaughter in the shooting death of Martin, an unarmed African-American teen.
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King, a Newsmax columnist, also urged the media not to fan the flames by sensationalizing aspects of the Zimmerman case as it reports on its aftermath.
“I say to the media, stop it. Stop instigating. Please … I’m talking to you and you’re asking with sincerity and integrity,” she said.
“I don’t want to put everybody in the same category, but if you’re in the media and you’re inspiring people to violence, ask yourself why you’re doing that.”
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, she said she sympathizes with the "unfathomable loss" that Martin's death represents. "I’m so sorry that your son will not be able to realize his dreams on this Earth," she wrote. "But I hope that everyone on both sides of this painful issue will choose a peaceful way to honor Trayvon’s memory."
She told host Steve Malzberg that she hopes this will be a "tranformational moment in history that we can look back and tell our children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren, I was part of a movement that asked America to . . . act nonviolently," she asserted. "This is a transformational moment. Let’s take that moment and act together.”
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