A speaker at a Republican National Committee luncheon commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington said issues concerning the gays and immigrants take priority over black people.
Bob Woodson, the head of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprises, blamed black leaders for ignoring the real problems facing blacks in America.
“Everybody has come in front of them on the bus — gays, immigrants, women, environmentalists,” said Woodson. “You never hear any talk about the conditions confronting poor blacks and poor people in general.”
Woodson criticized black leaders for mourning Trayvon Martin but not Chris Lane, the Australian man who was killed in Oklahoma by 3 teenagers, 2 of whom were black.
“If Dr. King were alive today, he would not be just talking about justice for Trayvon Martin,” said Woodson, who is black. ”He would also give a prayer for this 18-year-old man, this little baby, who was shot in the face by two black kids.
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“We should pray for the families of these people just as we do the family of Trayvon Martin. We should not wait for a white face before we get outraged. Evil is evil, whether it wears a white face or not.”
Recognizing that strong reaction to his words, Woodson didn’t back down.
“I’m sorry to be the skunk at the garden party, but I think if Dr. King were alive today, he would step on some of these sacred issues,” Woodson said.
At the end of his remarks, Woodson was greeted with a standing ovation.
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