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Kamala Harris accused of ‘lifting’ anecdote from MLK in childhood ‘fweedom’ story

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris told Elle Magazine a story about attending a civil rights march as a child that smacks of a tale told by the great civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr.

Published a month before th 2020 presidential election, the article reappeared on the magazine’s year-in-review list.

In the profile talks about how she accompanied here parents as a toddler to a civil rights march in Oakland, California.
Apparently little Kamala got upset and she tells Elle: “My mother tells the story about how I’m fussing,” Harris said. “And she’s like, ‘Baby, what do you want? What do you need?’ And I just looked at her and I said, ‘Fweedom.’”

On Monday, Twitter users @EngelsFreddie and Andray Domise, a contributing editor at Canadian news magazine Maclean’s, pointed to a similar story recalled by King during an interview with Alex Haley for Playboy magazine in 1965. King had won the Nobel Peace Prize one year earlier.

“I never will forget a moment in Birmingham when a white policeman accosted a little Negro girl, seven or eight years old, who was walking in a demonstration with her mother,” King said. “’What do you want?’ the policeman asked her gruffly, and the little girl looked him straight in the eye and answered, ‘Fee-dom.’ She couldn’t even pronounce it, but she knew. It was beautiful! Many times when I have been in sorely trying situations, the memory of that little one has come into my mind, and has buoyed me.”

Domise charged that Harris “lifted” her account from King, except she changed “fee-dome” to “fweedom.”