Rev. William Barber II: Racism is a destruction of democracy
Reverend William J. Barber II, co-chair of the poor people's campaign, spoke at the St. Joseph AME Church in Durham on Sunday and encouraged Black men to vote. "Systemic racism is targeted at Black people, but it hurts all people," Barber says in an interview with WRAL.
person. Let me say that way. Livestream today the hundreds of thousands of people calling on people to vote, um, calling on them to exercise their right to vote because we have, uh, in the White House and in the Senate. And McConnell and Trump, two persons that in policy and oftentimes inward, have dunmore to fan a racial injustice. The tension is between justice and injustice. It's not so much racial, it's about racism. Uh, black and white and brown People are standing up against racism, whether it's the racism caused by unnecessary horrible police brutality or the racism called by denying people healthcare a disproportionate hurts poor people, white people, brown people, black people or denying living wages, whether it's seeing persons who engage in myrtle on camera with a knee on the neck of a black man or off camera, by shooting ah black daughter in her chest, not even get tried in court, let alone being found guilty, not even get a trial. What we have here, however, is a president and the Senate leader remind you the Senate leader we have has refused to restore the Voting Rights Act for over 2600 days, he's deliberately allowing racist voter suppression to go on unchecked and eso what way? Have a party, and that's with the president's party that have decided to go along with him to stoke in policy and in position, racial lives, things that hurt us all. And I want you to hear this. Systemic racism is targeted at black people, but it hurts all people. When police kill innocent people, it threatens the entire stability of the system. When racist voter suppression is implemented, it allows people to get elected and once they get elected, then they passed policies that take living wages and block healthcare for all people. So racism is targeted at black people. But ultimately it's the destruction of the democracy. And the tension is between those who want justice for all people, regardless of the race, creed and color, and those who are bent on engaging in continuing systemic racism we saw in Kentucky. Even a black man could be on the side of systemic racism. The attorney general happens to be black, but his decision is clearly a misrepresentation of the law and allowing a black woman's life to literally be written off. That's a form of racism. So what? My response is that as people are protesting, people are also organizing and registering to vote. We cannot stay here as a country. We have to face these things and we have to move forward. And we just live streamed the hundreds of 1000 people around the country saying It's time for us to mobile, especially through this morning, speaking especially to black men and and vicariously toe all men of conscience, all men of justice, all men who love truth.