Freshman Rep. Burgess Owens (R-UT) took issue with President Joe Biden’s contrary attempts to channel the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Noting King was a leader who commanded respect and preached unity, he criticized the Administration for using demeaning implications in its quest to pass voting legislation. He also lamented the tactics used by Black Lives Matter activists across the country.
According to Fox News:
“Black Americans, just like Italian Americans or Polish Americans, all we want is fairness,” Owens told Fox News Digital. “We want to know that our vote counts. To say that we’re the only race of the whole country… that if we have to get an ID that we cannot pull it off – I cannot articulate how demeaning that thought process is.”
“Sadly we have too many Black people that go along with it,” Owens continued. “They’d rather have power for themselves than to empower our race.”
Owens said he marched in protest of segregation when he was just 12 years old in Florida. He marvels at how the King-inspired protesters of that era dressed nicely, were disciplined in their message and were uplifting.
Today’s Black Lives Matter activists are far different, he said. “They’re angry. They don’t build, they destroy. They don’t unify, they divide. It’s a totally different strategy. And it’s unfortunate,” Owens said.
King “was articulate. He was brave. He was bold. He was respectful. He could persuade people to listen to him. That was the Black community and that was our dreams and hopes at that time,” Owens said.
“That is not the dreams and hopes of the Biden Administration. Look at everything they do and the policy they put together. It’s demeaning. It’s divisive.
“At the end of the day, you have more Black people hating people today than they did when Martin Luther King was around,” Owens said. “They are being trained to hate other people based on their race. Martin Luther King was saying, let’s come together regardless of race.”
Rep. Owens hopes people will feel inspired to move away from the politics of division as they honor King today.