Human rights activist Martin Luther King III said protesters were finally heard, after he recently tweeted, “As my father explained during his lifetime, riots are the language of the unheard of.”
King said protests after the death of George Floyd would not immediately change racial inequality in America, but they could be strong in the short term.
“I believe the whole nation, and indeed the world is focused on this issue … the question is actually: what will these changes be? And it is clear that our nation is ready for change – and responsible change. Obviously, you can’t change institutional racism overnight. It’s a process, ”he told CNN’s Jim Sciutto.
King said a dialogue should be established between civil rights leaders and the White House, citing when his father, Martin Luther King Jr. held meetings with Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson.
After delays throughout Georgia during his first day yesterday which led voters to spend hours in line, King added that “there is no doubt” that voter suppression exists and that it disproportionately affects black Americans.
“If we don’t deal with voter repression, it will be interesting to see what happens in the November election … We should make it much easier for people to vote, and we’re not as a nation,” he said.