A video featuring Joe Evans, the former vice-chairman and executive director of the Jefferson County Republican Party in Texas, calling on President Barack Obama to denounce the Black Lives Matter movement has gone viral.
TheBlaze reports that Evans, who is running for county commissioner, posted the clip on Facebook on Saturday, after learning of the cold-blooded murder of Deputy Darren Goforth in nearby Harris County (Houston metro area) the previous night.
As he began his approximately minute-long video, Evans notes that many people will blame the deputy’s murder “on us not taking a serious approach to mental health, or we need stricter gun laws.” He demises that in this instance, stating: “I think we should start by denouncing the black lives movement.”
“I challenge every leader, starting with the president down to myself, to denounce the black lives matter movement,” he continues. “It’s a racist movement — racist to the core — and it will only cause more division and more hate among Americans.”
In his posting of the video on Facebook, Evans gave an even more pointed call to President Obama to take this step:
The President needs to come out and denounce the #Blacklives matter movement. The movement is racist to the core and in my opinion it has simultaneously led to a violent war between blacks and whites, and police and blacks.
The President is a former community organizer, and he knows that through organization many social outcomes can be manipulated, but this is wrong and has led to a nuclear uprising here in America. In fact all black leaders need to denounce that movement, and any other movement that separates people. My life is worth no more or less than anyone else’s life and I know that! On this day I denounce the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
Harris Country Sheriff Ron Hickman shared a similar sentiment to Evans at a press conference on Saturday following the murder of Deputy Goforth.
“When the rhetoric ramps up to the point where calculated, cold-blooded assassination of police officers happen, this rhetoric has gotten out of control,” Hickman said. “We’ve heard ‘Black Lives Matter,’ ‘All lives matter.’ Well, cops’ lives matter too. So why don’t we just drop the qualifier, and just say ‘Lives Matter,’ and take that to the bank.”
His sheriff’s department later posted that thought on its Twitter page on Saturday.
— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) August 29, 2015
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