The most recent cover of the New Yorker magazine shows Martin Luther King Jr. linking arms with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Seattle Seahawk Michael Bennett while also kneeling, reports CNS News.

This has caused some controversy among those involved in King’s philosophy and especially those related to the King family. Alveda King, the daughter of the uncle of Dr. King said that when he father and uncles “took the knee” it was always in prayer, she told CNS News.

The New Yorker’s January 15, 2018 cover story, “Mark Ulriksen’s ‘In Creative Battle,'” features the drawing and quotes “San Francisco-based artist Mark Ulriksen” giving his rationale for his depiction of Dr. King:

“I asked myself, What would King be doing if he were around today?”…

“I’m sure that if King were around today, he’d be disappointed at the slow pace of progress: two steps forward, twenty steps back. Or ten yards back, as the metaphor may be.”

In a response provided to, Alveda King said that her uncle and her father were both “men of God” who took the knee in prayer and “prayer is stronger even than protest”:

“My Uncle MLK and father AD King were men of God who often “took the knee” in prayer to God for repentance and Reconcilliation during their Christian ministry. Prayer is stronger even than protest.”

Suggesting the Dr. King may not have supported this form of protest, especially with all of the connections to the U.S. military and disrespecting those who served. It’s not clear what the civil rights activist would have thought of the gesture, but I would think people, especially a major magazine like the New Yorker, shouldn’t insinuate that they would have known either.

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  • Wayne Wilson

    i guess we have another loser

  • Sue

    MLK is turning over in his grave. Krapernick is a multimillionaire. How exactly was/is he oppressed. Hey Krap, donate your copious free time to help “your people” to their feet instead of taking a knee.

  • mbnick

    Today is a Day when Democrats gather to celebrate ignoring and mocking the teaching of Republican MLK.

  • regulus30

    If blacks had followed MLK instead of “jeethie jackthon” ,their situation today would be much better .But the reason MLK was murdered was because the blacks like violence and pillage, it is in their DNA.

    • kinijane

      Situation would have been better if they had not voted for Obama in lock step….he set race relations back 75 yrs.

      • regulus30

        I am not so sure about that; I think he emboldened them to show how they really feel. I live in a [75%] “urban town” and have a pretty objective view of these people, they are not good citizens of America. They have been groomed in grade school and up to dislike their country even though they are treated better here than any place in the world; but a “supposed victim” sees how to use the lies to their personal advantage; racism is their way of life.

  • donl

    MLK would Never let himself stoop to this level. This is real Fake News!!

  • unshocked

    According to the left, MLK would have knelt, They believe all black people think alike. Is this not a racist idea?

  • jhforsythe

    What a disgusting insult to Dr. King!

  • Spunky

    The people kneeling are such a stupid waste, just like the folks wearing black to the award shows – it serves no purpose. If these folks were serious about their cause they would do some real action – like trying to stop black crime. But no – just blame it on someone else for their bad deeds – total losers – and people who do make a difference are looking at you thinking on what an idiot these people are.

  • Brian P Fussmucker

    Truth of the matter was king is dead and fists were raised in the air after he was killed. Had he lived ole Kaep wouldn’t have to kneel because the content of his character would have kept him out of the nfl in the 1st place.

  • dan690

    Only in their wildest dreams.

  • MSG Leo

    MLK didn’t want to be treated any differently because of the color of his skin. Peckerneck thinks he should be treated differently because of the color of his skin.

  • reagangs

    Well, let’s see, … NY/NYC, Seattle and San Francisco, at the top of the liberal progressive pyramid. Myself, I would NOT try to second guess MLK.

  • antilib

    What a contrast. You have MLK who believed in content of character appearing with the two who’s LACK of character is why the NFL has lost millions of fans. As long as racist thugs like Michael Bennett and Marshawn Lynch are in the NFL, said NFL is dead to me. And the NFL has proven they don’t care. So be it.

  • LJJ1937

    This cover is a slap in the face to Dr. King and his family has voiced the same thing. He would always respect the flag…….Kneeling is for praying!!!!!!

  • Patriotic American

    Just another reason not to read this RAG. RACISM gone berserk.

  • TAM44

    There’s no way MLK would even be caught with this disrespectful thugs. Wishful thinking on your part , kneeling at a football game instead of taking your sorry crying butt to the ones you’re protesting against, that’s right you’re a snot nosed overpaid oppressed idiot.

  • Thomas L. Stafford

    MLK’s words and actions indicate that he would not have supported this crap.