Human rights activist Martin Luther King III said the protesters were finally heard after he recently wrote on Twitter, “As my father explained during his lifetime, a riot is the language of fools.”
The King said the protests following the death of George Floyd would not immediately change racial inequalities in America, but could have short-term consequences.
“I think the whole nation, and really the world, is focusing on this issue; the question is, what are these changes?” And it is clear that our nation is ready for change – and responsible change. Obviously, you cannot change institutional racism overnight. It’s a process, “he told CNN’s Jim Sciutto.
King said there should be a dialogue between political rights leaders and the White House, noting that his father, Martin Luther King Jr., met with Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson.
After delays throughout Georgia During his New Year’s Eve, he led voters to spend hours in the queue, King added that “there is no doubt” that there is a repression of voters and that it disproportionately affects black Americans.
“If we do not deal with voter repression, it will be interesting to see what happens in the November elections … We need to make it easier for citizens to vote and we are not a nation,” he said.