In his bid to lose the support of the South before he ever had it, presidential candidate Martin O’Malley linked anti-gun control sentiment to ‘white racism’ and mocked South Carolina’s continued use of the Confederate flag at the U.S. Conference of Mayors on Sunday.
“One of the sad triumphs of white racism is the degree to which it has succeeded in subconsciously convincing so many of us, black and white, that somehow black lives don’t matter,” he said. “If the thousands of young men killed by gun violence every year across America were young, poor and white — rather than young, poor and black — it is hard to imagine that our Congress would continue to block common-sense measures to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.”
O’Malley’s comments were a propos of the fatal shooting of nine people at Charleston, South Carolina’s historically black Emmanuel A.M.E. Church on Wednesday.
O’Malley called the Confederate flag which flies next to Charleston’s Capitol building (and which he incorrectly placed “above” the building) “a terribly jarring and callous sign” in light of the massacre.
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