Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence doesn’t seem to mind that running mate Donald Trump is possibly the most divisive candidate ever. But suddenly, Pence wants us all to hold hands and sing a white man’s Kumbaya about the police killings of African-Americans.
“‘Police officers are human beings,’ Pence said at a pastors’ roundtable at Radiant Church [in Colorado Springs, Colorado]. ‘And in difficult and life-threatening situations, mistakes are made and people have to be held to strict account, but we both believe that it’s important that we have a president who, as the chief law enforcement officer of the United States, stands behind the men and women who serve in law enforcement.’
‘We ought to set aside this talk, this talk about institutional racism and institutional bias,’ he said, calling such assertions ‘rhetoric of division.'”
What he really means is that Blacks should stop acting so uppity about their concerns about being shot and killed.
In fact, Pence’s own statement is divisive. He thinks it’s important that a president, “stands behind” law enforcers. I thought a president was supposed to stand behind all Americans.
That includes the good chunk of Americans who not only feel Blacks are the target of institutional racism and institutional bias, but they are sick and tired of it, and don’t want to take it any more.
Pence’s comments are just the latest in a long string of insults the Trump campaign has hurled at the Black community. In August, Trump said:
“You’re living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 percent of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?”
On Wednesday night, Trump surrogate Newt Gingrich said about a Charlotte protester:
“She has a life that has no future.”
I haven’t heard a peep of complaint from Pence about that kind of divisive rhetoric, have you?
This week, Trump suggested a nationwide stop-and-frisk policy as a solution to Black crime. How unified does Pence think that’s going to make the stopped-and-frisked people feel?
Telling people to just shut up about racism will neither unite the country nor make the problem go away.
So maybe Pence should work on the divisive rhetoric spewing from the mouth of the guy he’s working to elect.
Watch Trump insult African American voters below, via Associated Press: