In a recent fundraising email by his re-election campaign, Rep. Jamaal Bowman claimed bizarrely that a black Memphis man who was fatally beaten by black police officers was “killed by white supremacy” and “America.”
“Tyre Nichols should be alive today. Instead, like so many others he was killed by police. Killed by white supremacy. Killed by America,” read the campaign email sent Monday on Bowman’s behalf.
“This is Black terror,” the email added. “We feel it everyday. We feel it more today. Too many victims to name. Too much hurt to explain. Too many tears, too normalized, too numb. From 1619 to the present day we live in a constant state of terror.”
Demetrius Haley, Tadarrius Bean, Desmond Mills Jr., Emmitt Martin III and Justin Smith are charged with second-degree murder in the beating. All except Bean have infractions in their work records ranging from using physical force during an arrest to failing to report a domestic violence incident. All five were also named in a lawsuit and accused of beating a black Army veteran days before their encounter with Nichols.
“Police brutality happens in New York, in Memphis, in Los Angeles, in cities across the country, small towns across the country, and throughout American history,” Bowman’s email continued to rant. “At the root of it is the dehumanization of Black people, people of color, and particularly Black men. This kind of white supremacy is not just about skin color, however: it’s about ideology. It’s the operating system on which too much of our society is based.”
Once again: Nichols, who was black, died after being brutally beaten during a Jan. 7 traffic stop by five now-former Memphis Police officers — who are also black. But Bowman and his fellow leftists want to exploit this to stoke outrage among their constituents about America and the chimera of white supremacy.