At the Congressional Black Caucus Town Hall on Thursday, Civil Rights, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) said the election of President Donald Trump emboldened racists to “to put on those hoods, put on those sheets.”
Lewis lamented over the struggle of the African-American’s plight to break free from segregation, portraying Obama as their savior, yet somehow blamed President Trump for the current racial tension.
Lewis said, “When we had this most recent election, it helped create the climate and environment to bring out something that had been a little asleep, and people feel like now they can just get away with doing everything.”
“When we attempted to march from Selma to Montgomery just for the right to vote, to protest in a peaceful, orderly, non-violent fashion, we were beaten by the state police and left bloody and some unconscious, and some of our people died,” Lewis added. “After the march on Washington in 1963, there was so much hope and optimism, but 18 days later, a church was bombed in Birmingham, where four little girls were killed on a Sunday morning. What we see happening now, it’s not new.”
He added, “The man that some people voted for (starts at 35:50) just made it very comfortable for people to put on those hoods, put on those sheets, and I tell you, if we’re not mindful or watchful, we are going to go back. We’ve come too far, made too much progress to go back. I don’t want to go back. I want to go forward, and we must go forward.”
The racial tension we are seeing now with Black Lives Matter and Antifa thugs rioting, destroying property, blocking traffic and targeting Conservatives and Trump supporters, is not the presidents fault – it is black community leaders like Maxine Waters and Al Sharpton who are at fault for refusing to accept that Hillary Clinton lost and Donald Trump is President.
Rather than encouraging people to protest and take to the streets they should be calling for peace and condemning their violent actions.
The racial tension servers their purpose to keep the American people divided rather than unit and support a president who is trying to make America great again.