Jeb Bush has made his opinion on Black crime fairly clear. In an interview with the Des Moines Register editorial board this past Tuesday, Bush was asked about the role of the federal government in mitigating relations between police and minorities, with respect to civil rights issues.
In navigating the confusing waters of his answer, it seems he began by advocating for the rights of disabled people. Bush claimed they are “as valuable in our society as anybody else.” But he pretty much goes on to undo any brownie points he scored with that statement, by saying that most crime in Black communities is “Black on Black.”
“The police shootings of unarmed black males, which is what the conversation is about, as I understand it, is very small.”
He goes on to state that in his opinion, it’s not really a civil rights issue:
“So, I’m not sure that that’s necessarily a civil rights issue, but if it is, yeah, of course the federal government has a, the Justice Department has the right and a responsibility to enforce the law. But I think it’s gone beyond that, that’s my point.”
I don’t even think Jeb Bush knows what Jeb Bush is saying. He’s like a stoned version of George W. Bush.
But the fact of the matter is, he still continues to perpetuate the long-standing racist rhetoric we’ve come to expect from the Republican party. His attempt at explaining his stance on Black crime is a cop out, and a way to normalize and sustain police brutality against African-Americans.
Bush shows no emotion, or really anything beyond a surface level understanding of police violence against African-Americans. During a time when we’re facing a dangerous epidemic, it is critically important to take a stand against race-based violence. We need a President who takes these issues seriously and is ready to attack them head on.
But with Jeb Bush as President, we’re sure to undo all of the hard earned progress made by President Obama in a heartbeat.
You can watch Bush’s full interview with the Des Moines Register editorial board here.
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