- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece expressed her dissatisfaction on Monday with the NAACP, saying it’s “race baiting” by calling for a federal civil rights investigation into George Zimmerman.

“It is not helpful to race-bait,” Dr. Alveda King said on “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.

“[The] NAACP and all of the organizations … We need to wonder why they’re doing that, what kind of checks and money they’re getting behind the scenes to stir us up into racial anarchy.

“We should be speaking nonviolence, justice, peace and love as Trayvon’s parents are doing, by the way. So we need to ask why they’re race baiting, because they are.”

Zimmerman was found not guilty late Saturday night in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The acquittal gained worldwide attention and sparked nationwide protests for those who support the slain teen. The NAACP argues that Zimmerman violated Martin’s civil rights, by targeting him because he was black.

“There’s no black race, white race, yellow race and red race,” Ms. King continued. “The other thing is, Mr. Zimmerman is not a Caucasian. He’s a Hispanic. The media is somehow forgetting that, so [there are] all of these nuances, all of the race-baiting, all of the pain.”

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“Stop thinking that this is a race thing between separate races,” she added. “This is all human beings here. If we’re still feeling that one part of our community is better than the other because of skin color, that’s got to change right now.”

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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