"A North Carolina congressman has apologized for saying the protesters in Charlotte: Hate white people because white people are successful and they`re not.
Rep. Robert Pittenger, a Republican, made the remarks in an interview with the BBC broadcast in the United Kingdom late Thursday.
Around two hours after giving the interview, Pittenger tweeted: My anguish led me to respond to a reporter`s question in a way that I regret."
Pittenger`s comment is wrong on so many levels:
His statement implies that the protesters were predominantly black, the footage of the protests that I saw on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News depicted a rainbow of people of all races demonstrating against racial injustice.
The chants and slogans that I heard weren`t expressing hatred towards white people, but a deep abiding hatred of intolerance, prejudice and police brutality.
Pittenger`s pitiful comment suggests that all blacks live in poverty, while it`s true that millions of blacks live in the inner city, there are many African Americans who have overcome institutionalized racism, and have achieved middle class success.
Pittenger said that his anguish led him to make the unfortunate statement. It wasn`t his anguish, but his racism that led him to utter his deplorable remarks.
The good people of North Carolina should throw this bum out of office.