My intent was to discuss the lack of economic mobility for African Americans because of failed policies.— Rep Robert Pittenger (@reppittenger) September 22, 2016
"But that was in another country."
In this country, we have racists to deal with, who seem to think if they speak to foreign journalists, they can't be heard in America:
“The grievance in their mind, the animus, the anger — they hate white people because white people are successful and they’re not,” Pittenger, in a shocking display of racism, said on BBC Newsnight.
Pittenger, who once said firing gay people is a “freedom we enjoy” in America, followed up his Charlotte comment by talking about Americans’ dependence on government.
“It is a welfare state,” said Pittenger, who has represented parts of Charlotte since 2013. “We have spent trillions of dollars on welfare, but we’ve put people in bondage, so that they can’t be all that they’re capable of being. America is a country of opportunity and freedom and liberty. It didn’t become that way because of a great government who provided everything for everyone. No, the destiny of America, the freedom to come to this country ― where they’re still coming to our shores ― is because they can take their work ethic, their hard effort, and put up their capital and their risk, and build out their lives.”
Pittenger was talking to the BBC. The former Trump chair in Ohio made her racist remarks to the Guardian. Do these people not understand the concept of "global media"?
As for Pittenger's remarks, it's okay, he apologized:
"What is taking place in my hometown right now breaks my heart. My anguish led me to respond to a reporter's question in a way that I regret," he said in his apology statement.
He didn't apologize for being a racist. He said it was the protestor's fault. No, seriously:
My answer to BBC doesn't reflect who I am. I was quoting statements made by angry protesters last night on national TV. Not my intent— Rep Robert Pittenger (@reppittenger) September 22, 2016
So he doesn't regret what he said; no, he regrets that his words could be heard in America, not just in Britain. Provincial is as provincial does, I guess.
Honestly, are we know supposed to think that disgustingly racist statements are okay once the person who makes them gets some kind of pushback?
“Black people beating whites when a thug got shot holding a gun by a black officer haha shit cracks me up! Keep kneeling for the Anthem!” Clevenger tweeted from his account, @Clev_45.
In another tweeted, he said, “BLM is pathetic once again! Obama you are pathetic once again! Everyone involved should be locked behind bars like animals!”
And of course the problem is not what is said, but how people react to it:
“I am sickened by the idea that anyone would think of me in racist terms. My tweets were reactionary to the events I saw on the news and were worded beyond poorly at best and I can see how and why someone could read into my tweets far more deeply than how I actually feel,” he said. “I once again apologize to anyone who was offended today and I just ask you not judge me off of a social media posting."
I dunno, but "black people beating whites" and "thug" and "locked behind bars like animals" is pretty much racist language where I come from. And aside from the fact Obama is black, what does he have to do with what's happening in Charlotte?
These people are the mole people.