Civil Rights Icon Refuses to Stay Quiet About Riots

Tennessee lawmaker whose family was steeped in the civil rights movement said he’s “appalled” by comparisons between the peaceful protests that Martin Luther King Jr. led and the destructive demonstrations that have broken out across the nation today.

“I’m appalled when folks want to call this stuff that’s happening now and compare it to the civil rights movement when there is absolutely no comparison,” state Rep. John J. DeBerry, Jr., a longtime Memphis Democrat who is Black, told Fox News.

DeBerry noted King’s Christian faith that rooted his convictions and the decorum of the marchers of the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

“They put on their shirts and their ties and their Sunday dresses, as they called them, they looked the part,” said DeBerry, who is running for reelection as an independent after his party dropped him. “I’m not saying there was a dress code. I’m saying that they were going to dispel any stereotype that might be thrown at them. They were going to be men and women of class and of character.”

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