Randy Evans, a Republican National Committee member and Gov. Nathan Deal’s attorney, blames President Obama for the racial tensions and unrest that erupted over unarmed black teen Michael Brown being shot by a white cop, Darren Wilson, in Ferguson, Mo.
During an interview on Australian TV program “Contrarians,” Randy Evans said America’s first black president squandered his chance to help improve the lot of black Americans, choosing instead to use them as “nothing more than a political tool.”
Evans said, “Well that enormous opportunity kind of got squandered because literally what happened once President Obama took office, African-Americans became nothing more than a political tool – a way to drive up votes among African-American communities.” “And I would say that over the course of his six years we probably have taken more steps backward than we have forward,” Evans added.
He also contends that the Democrats view the black community as a “convenient mechanism where every election rolls around, you hit the hot-button issues rather than actually ever resolving the core issues” such as education and unemployment.
Evans said, “What you have instead is, a kind of self-imposed unit here that is an available unit that every time an election rolls around, we push the button, we make sure… we know 92 percent of African-Americans are going to vote with the president.”
You know, he may have a point, but I don’t see where the Republican Party has stepped up and showed the black community it is a viable alternative. Instead, we have Congressional Republicans cutting programs that benefit the black community. Where’s their solution to the high unemployment rate in the black community? How many Republicans have called for increased oversight of our police departments, particularly in the area of police brutality and civil rights violations? It’s nice to preach to the choir, but the facts speak for themselves. I have yet to see Gov. Nathan Deal embrace Georgia’s black community. In fact, a recent poll shows that his Democratic rival, Jason Carter, is shellacking him with black voters.
Here’s a partial transcript of Randy Evans’ interview (entire clip):
Ross Cameron: … I want to talk about Mike Brown, a young African-American who has been shot dead by police in Ferguson, Missouri. Tell us, give us your take. Is this just a random tragedy or are we touching a wider nerve in relation to the U.S.’s macro political settings?
Evans: Well, unfortunately I think that we’re at a scenario where we had a president who had, as the first African-American president, an opportunity to really advance race relations in the United States. You know, we’ve had a tortured history in that regard.
And as a result, to have an African-American president, you would have the opportunity for every young African-American to think to themselves, “One day I too can grow up to be President.” Well, that enormous opportunity kind of got squandered, because literally what happened once President Obama took office, African-Americans became nothing more than a political tool – a way to drive up votes among African-American communities and I would say that over the course of his six years we probably have taken more steps backward than we have forward.
So, obviously, Mike Brown is the second. We had Trayvon Martin, which is a similar story — its similar unrest—and I think for the most part you’d have to say that what’s happened is the net effect, is the actual, open discussion of race has gone underground and it means that when these eruptions occur, they are far more violent, they’re far more intense and they end up getting nationalized in a way that we’ve never seen before. So you end up with…
Female participant: That’s not entirely fair. I mean, American history is littered with examples of race relations and riots and uprisings that have been quite nationalized.
Evans: Well, can you give me one during the Bush Administration? Where President Bush…
Female participant: Well, you said that we hadn’t seen before.
Evans: No, no, no. What I was saying is that in modern history you would have thought that having the first African-American president would have been a great moment of healing where every child – remember the focal point in America is everybody have the American dream and the American dream is…
Second female participant: Pull yourself up by your bootstraps. Bill Clinton, poor, white child from the South. Single mother. Grows up to become president.
Evans: Grow up to be whatever you want to be.
First female participant: Isn’t this an example of where there is advancement at some levels but in the community, for example, in Ferguson you’ve got 67% black population and 95 percent white policemen. Is that not sort of – do you think that there are grassroots problems that haven’t been solved? That can’t be the fault of the president, surely.
Evans: No, I think it is because they’ve become a political voting bloc which is a convenient mechanism where every election rolls around, you hit the hot-button issues rather than actually ever resolving the core issues.
Second female participant: But how is that taking them backwards? How is that taking the relationship backwards?
Evans: Well because the net effect is rather than solve the core problems that result in a higher incidence of African-American youth being unemployed, being imprisoned, otherwise having not the opportunities – which is that they don’t have the education, they don’t have the support structures, they don’t have the family structures.
Rather than address any of those core issues, which in fact lead to the problem. What you have instead is, a kind of self-imposed unit here that is an available unit that every time an election rolls around, we push the button, we make sure… we know 92 percent of African-Americans are going to vote with the president. [H/T Political Insider]