Amid the tumult caused by radical activists exploiting the murder of George Floyd to justify a socialist revolution, an Arizona lawmaker, and veteran, Rep. Walt Blackman, has issued a warning to those who are promoting a civil war. “War is hell.”
Rep. Blackman (R) does not think George Floyd is a hero or that the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement actually cares about black Americans.
“So called black leaders and the liberal left are hoisting this guy up to be a mentor to the black youth and the guy was a criminal. He shouldn’t have died the way he did, that’s a no brainer, but I do not look at him as a hero,” he said.
Instead of doing something positive, BLM opposes the law and calls it oppression while ignoring the issues in black communities which Rep. Blackman considers to be a high number of abortions, a graduation rate of 50 percent, fatherless homes, welfare and black-on-black crimes.
BLM’s anarchist method of tearing down statues and destroying local business doesn’t do anything to help the black neighborhoods and there’s no data supporting their claims except that there are black Americans dying everyday because of black on black crimes and abortions. When the federal police go in and try to uphold the law, BLM calls it oppression. He believes that the welfare system was designed to replace fathers with the federal government.
“We have people who would rather receive welfare, food stamps than actually get out there and try to get a job, that’s a problem. Some people fall on hard times and the program was designed to help those people but it wasn’t designed to be a generational crutch for the black community and that is what it has turned into,” he said.
Rep. Blackman has been attacked from members of his own community, Black Lives Matter, the ACLU and others because he is outspoken about his views. “All communities have issues, however me being a black American, of course I’m going to look at how the black community can function. When I find ways to fix some of these issues, instead of joining with me, I get attacked because I’m pointing out the very problems that need to be fixed,” said Rep. Blackman.
Many pro-life lawmakers believe abortion is illegal in Arizona and Rep. Blackman wants to craft a bill that is directed to existing statute which, he argues is already supposed to have abolished it. He’s willing to fight it all the way to the Supreme Court because he believes that the ruling in Rowe v. Wade was just an opinion. He thinks that apart from instances of rape, incest, or where the mother’s life is in danger, the in vitro termination of life should be called an “emergency procedure” instead of an abortion and unless the procedure is done to save the life of a mother, it is murder.
Rep. Blackman said that no one is causing the problem besides the “so called race peddling black leaders” who say that they want change in their community. It’s obvious to him that they don’t want positive change because when it looks like they’re going to solve an issue, they speak on TV, make some money and then disappear with no solution.
While he sees too many members of the black community place blame on the system, he believes they need to assess their own choices; fatherless households, failing students, basic parenting functions such as knowing where their kids are at night. Blackman notes that while BLM claims we live in a systemically racist country, we’ve had a black president who came from a broken home, four-star generals, secretary of state, and a broad spectrum of successful black Americans, like Ben Carson, who have come from broken homes.
“Why should we get a special pass? Are black people being held back today? No. People don’t like when I come out and say that.”
“The system will only hurt us if we allow it to hurt us and we don’t take personal responsibility in our own homes and in our communities and it starts in our homes and that requires parents to be actively engaged in what their children are doing and in their future and how badly you want your kids to succeed or how badly do you want to succeed. If we’re busy playing the victim, we’re done.
I will continue to be an advocate for all communities, but I am mostly an advocate for those black babies who are dying every single day in the womb and just because I don’t come at it from the position of a victim does not mean that I care less about the black community. I am just realistic about the problem and instead of burning down a building, I have actual solutions, but in order for that to work, we have to accept the responsibility that we have placed on ourselves over 200 years after slavery. What’s the excuse?” Blackman asked.