After Heated Floor Debate, MLK’s Niece Says Maxine Waters Is ‘Playing the Race Card Again’

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece, Dr. Alveda King, said Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) was “playing the race card” during a heated floor debate with Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) over perceived racism with lending in the auto industry. 

King told host Neil Cavuto during an interview on Fox Business’ “Cavuto: Coast-to-Coast” that Waters is on “the wrong frequency” and agreed with Kelly. 

She said Kelly was correct in arguing that the whole nation “needs help” and is “in trouble,” and she added that Waters is “playing the race card again.” 

King quoted her uncle, who said, “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools,” and explained the only way to do that is to get past the “skin color argument.” 

“Our blood is red,” she told Cavuto. “We are made of one blood. Of one blood God made all people to live together on the face of the earth.” 

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She contended that “skin color does not the person make” and reiterated that instead of calling for unity, Waters is playing the race card. 

While in Washington, D.C., King told Cavuto that she’s had people of varying skin hues compliment President Donald Trump’s administration for the job it’s doing.

“I can get a mortgage now, my mother can move in with me,” she shared people have told her. “More people are really working across the board regardless of skin color.”

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During the floor debate about perceived racism in the auto industry in regard to lending, Kelly told Waters to “stop talking about discrimination” and start focusing on the nation as a whole. 

“Don’t you dare talk to me like that,” she said, and Fox Business reported she added that she was “offended as an African-American woman” by his comments. 

King didn’t dispell the possibility that racism still exists in lending but encouraged people to educate one another and ensure measures are enforced to prevent minorities from being given higher rates just because of their skin color. 

“It’s the hostility, it’s the ugliness, it’s the vitriol that I don’t agree with,” she explained. “Stop dividing the country with the race card, that’s my problem.” 

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