A Black Lives Matter organizer whose remarks this week prompted pushback from President Donald Trump said hes open to meeting with the Republican commander-in-chief.
“Ill talk to anyone as long as they have an open mind about ending systemic racism,” Hawk Newsome, chairperson of Black Lives Matter Greater New York, told The Epoch Times.
The White House didnt respond to a request for comment. Trump recently met with family members of minorities who have been killed in recent years, primarily by police officers, before signing an executive order on police reform.
Newsome declined to cite specific studies for the claim of systemic racism, saying theres “volumes of studies” about inequality between black and white Americans, studies showing mass incarceration was wrong and racist, and that wealth disparities among blacks and whites are race-based.
Newsome said during a cable news appearance late Wednesday, “If this country doesnt give us what we want, then we will burn down this system and replace it.”
He also said he didnt condone or condemn the rioting thats consumed cities across the country in the wake of the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, in police custody in Minneapolis on Memorial Day.
Newsome told The Epoch Times that he feels Trump “is trying to get reelected and hell say and do anything.”
“Hes extremely upset because he understands that he pushed this country and the people in it to a boiling point and now that its there he wants to blame someone,” Newsome alleged, adding, “He shouldnt blame anyone but himself.”
The push against alleged police brutality and racial injustice has no leader, Newsome said.
“Its not that theres anyone controlling the people, this is a leaderless movement. the bottom line is, some of us know what the temperature is in the streets, and amongst the people,” he said.
Asked about people who say violence doesnt bring about change, he pointed to the American Revolution and what he described as peaceful attempts in recent years to enact change.
“Weve been marching for five years and nothing happened, and then when people took to the streets in anger and frustration, people who dont usually march take to the streets in anger and frustration, look at what happened,” he said, citing the firing of police officers, the charging of an officer in New York City with strangulation, and laws being enacted in various locales that include restrictions on police officers.
Newsome said he couldnt say yes or no when presented with the possibility that Black LivRead More From Source