Before he had to be schooled by social media, Instagram comedian Desi Banks shared a post condemning the protests and the current uprising. He erroneously compared the marches led by Dr. King to today’s. He called King’s marches “a protest” and the current riots, “a crime.”
Clearly, the meme was shared without proper context or education. Dr. King spoke on the validity of riots as a way for people to make their voices heard. Furthermore, Banks’ meme fed heavy into respectability politics. Regardless of what you wear or how you protest, history has shown that Black people haven’t been respected regardless. And he needed to know that.
Banks apologized afterward in a video that has since been deleted. Before that he offered this tweet.