Black Lives Matter activist Hawk Newsome called for police funding in the United States, suggesting a different approach to fighting crime, and expressing desperation about the state of American policy as it relates to the community Afro-American.
Newsome told Fox News Sunday that the two sides have failed black people in the United States by taking more care of business than people’s problems and by failing to take the appropriate stance on reducing crime.
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“Black people don’t trust politicians,” said Newsome. “They don’t trust the Democrats. They don’t trust the Republicans. ”
Newsome said blacks also have a problem with “government overshooting,” saying police are one example. He said the current view that crime requires additional police is incorrect and that the country should view crime as a public health crisis while examining why people commit crimes.
“They are desperate, they are poor, they are undereducated and they are left to dry by this American system of government,” he said.
Newsome said that rather than increasing the police, governments should fund the police and provide resources that give people greater opportunities.
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“You have to invest in people, you have to give people jobs, you have to make people employable,” he said as a way to reduce crime.
Newsome told Fox News’s Martha MacCallum on Wednesday that “if this country doesn’t give us what we want, we will burn this system and replace it.” President Trump has called this “betrayal.”
Asked about it on Sunday, Newsome insisted that he was not promoting violence.
“I do not encourage people to go out and hurt other people,” he said. He said that “people go wild” with “inevitability” when they feel they have no other option.
Host Chris Wallace made reference to different approaches to striving for progress, citing Malcolm X’s “by whatever means necessary” philosophy compared to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s strategy of working within the system. Newsome said King was “a brilliant strategist” and “media savvy,” and accused current “elders” of the civil rights movement of being “bought out by the Democratic establishment.”
Newsome has accused the Obama and Trump administrations of failing blacks by bailouting companies and financial institutions like Wells Fargo that have discriminated in the past.
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Newsome also noted how many whites are demonstrating alongside the black community. Rather than defaming them and viewing them as radicals, he said that people should ask why they are joining the fight.
“They are fighting because the government has failed us,” he said.