Posted: 12:18 pm Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

A Georgia GOP heavyweight puts the onus on Obama for turmoil in Ferguson 

By Greg Bluestein

A Republican National Committee member from Georgia blamed the turmoil over an unarmed black man’s shooting death in Ferguson on the Obama administration, saying the nation’s first black president has squandered his chance to improve the lot of African-Americans and instead has used minorities as “nothing more than a political tool.”

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Georgia attorney Randy Evans. AJC file

“The net effect is the actual, open discussion of race has gone underground. And it means that when these eruptions occur, they are far more violent, they’re far more intense and they end up getting nationalized in a way that we’ve never seen before,” said Randy Evans, who is also Gov. Nathan Deal’s attorney.

Evans made his remarks on the Australian TV program “Contrarians” last week, when he was asked whether the unrest in Ferguson was touching a wider nerve in the United States. He responded by saying many young blacks looked to Obama thinking they, too, could grow up to be president.

“Well that enormous opportunity kind of got squandered because literally what happened once President Obama took office, African-Americans became nothing more than a political tool – a way to drive up votes among African-American communities,” said Evans. “And I would say that over the course of his six years we probably have taken more steps backward than we have forward.”

Evans contended that Democrats have turned blacks into a “convenient mechanism where every election rolls around, you hit the hot-button issues rather than actually ever resolving the core issues” like unemployment and education.

“What you have instead is, a kind of self-imposed unit here that is an available unit that every time an election rolls around, we push the button, we make sure… we know 92 percent of African-Americans are going to vote with the president,” he said.

You can find the entire clip here and the transcript of the conversation below.

Senate Minority Whip Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta, one of the state Legislature’s leading black members, said Evans’ comments, which he called “unconscionable,” reflect on the governor.

“This is the governor’s lawyer. So they are very, very close. It’s very disappointing. I’d like to know whether the governor agrees with Randy Evans or not,” said Fort. “What Randy Evans is feeling is backwards at the very least. It’s reminiscent of the good ol’ boy culture that Governor Deal has cultivated.”

Evans said in an email Wednesday that those who were listening closely to what he said might have misheard. He said he wasn’t blaming Obama for the “the lack of advancement on bringing people together rather than dividing them apart.”

“Unfortunately, it is a necessary consequence of leveraging any one group for political purposes as opposed to remaining focused on the good of the whole,” he said. “Ferguson is way too complicated to describe the way you have or to ‘cast blame’ on any one person or group.”

Here’s partial transcript. The panel includes male host Ross Cameron and two women whose identities aren’t clear:

Ross Cameron: … I want to talk about Mike Brown, a young African-American who has been shot dead by police in Ferguson, Missouri. Tell us, give us your take. Is this just a random tragedy or are we touching a wider nerve in relation to the U.S.’s macro political settings?

Evans: Well, unfortunately I think that we’re at a scenario where we had a president who had, as the first African-American president, an opportunity to really advance race relations in the United States. You know, we’ve had a tortured history in that regard.

And as a result, to have an African-American president, you would have the opportunity for every young African-American to think to themselves, “One day I too can grow up to be President.” Well, that enormous opportunity kind of got squandered, because literally what happened once President Obama took office, African-Americans became nothing more than a political tool – a way to drive up votes among African-American communities and I would say that over the course of his six years we probably have taken more steps backward than we have forward.

So, obviously, Mike Brown is the second. We had Trayvon Martin, which is a similar story — its similar unrest—and I think for the most part you’d have to say that what’s happened is the net effect, is the actual, open discussion of race has gone underground and it means that when these eruptions occur, they are far more violent, they’re far more intense and they end up getting nationalized in a way that we’ve never seen before. So you end up with…

Female participant: That’s not entirely fair. I mean, American history is littered with examples of race relations and riots and uprisings that have been quite nationalized.

Evans: Well, can you give me one during the Bush Administration? Where President Bush…

Female participant: Well, you said that we hadn’t seen before.

Evans: No, no, no. What I was saying is that in modern history you would have thought that having the first African-American president would have been a great moment of healing where every child – remember the focal point in America is everybody have the American dream and the American dream is…

Second female participant: Pull yourself up by your bootstraps. Bill Clinton, poor, white child from the South. Single mother. Grows up to become president.

Evans: Grow up to be whatever you want to be.

First female participant: Isn’t this an example of where there is advancement at some levels but in the community, for example, in Ferguson you’ve got 67% black population and 95 percent white policemen. Is that not sort of – do you think that there are grassroots problems that haven’t been solved? That can’t be the fault of the president, surely.

Evans: No, I think it is because they’ve become a political voting bloc which is a convenient mechanism where every election rolls around, you hit the hot-button issues rather than actually ever resolving the core issues.

Second female participant: But how is that taking them backwards? How is that taking the relationship backwards?

Evans: Well because the net effect is rather than solve the core problems that result in a higher incidence of African-American youth being unemployed, being imprisoned, otherwise having not the opportunities – which is that they don’t have the education, they don’t have the support structures, they don’t have the family structures.

Rather than address any of those core issues, which in fact lead to the problem. What you have instead is, a kind of self-imposed unit here that is an available unit that every time an election rolls around, we push the button, we make sure… we know 92 percent of African-Americans are going to vote with the president.

268 comments
SueEllenEwing
SueEllenEwing

Really, Randy?  Aha,ha,ha,ha,ha.  Aha,ha,ha,ha.  That was funny.

Bernie31
Bernie31

Wonder what ole Randy gots ta say now bout dat DOJ investigation of the Ferguson PO-Lice Department and all of the Arrest and Harassment of Black folks of that FINE CITY. 

Yeh Sum... De records goin back a few years should explain sumpin bout these Terrorist in Blue. I kin tell yer now! 

What dey goin uncover it ain't goin Purdy, an it ain't goin be Just.

Just US, is all yer gonna find.  Beat up, rail roaded, jailed, an ABUSED!

We is ALL Americans NOW!

uh..huh.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

I have never been impressed with Randy Evans, although he wields much power in Republican ranks in Georgia.  He is, also, the attorney for Governor Nathan Deal. Evans, imo, is a hardline conservative in Georgia who lacks an understanding the evolution of ideas and of the people whose ideas naturally will evolve over time. Evans is stuck in a 1950s Georgia, imo. 


Read what I just posted on another thread on this blog, and maybe you will understand why I am encouraging the women of Georgia not to vote for any Republican in this state in November.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++


"Thank you for publishing the video of "The Ed (Schultz) Show" on MSNBC on Wednesday of Schultz's interview with citizen-journalist Nydia Tisdale, who was treated, imo, with male chauvinism by a policeman and other male authority figures at Burt's Farm in the Dawsonville, Georgia area last week.  


Women of Georgia, please do not vote for Republicans in November.  It seems that too many Republican males in Georgia have not been enlightened."

Bernie31
Bernie31

In Georgia Yer can thank ole Attorney Randy Evans fer Makin yer Less Safe from dem who would do yer Harm! cause we are goin ta say....Yah SUm ....dat Randy Boy show is SMART!


I guess Randy sees dem Bad Guys over dere too! doing sumpin, dey ain't suppose to be doing! 


No need fer ME to Tell nobody  or Call no one! Cause ole Randy is so Smart! He knows all BOUT US and what we is Thankin and doing. 

Surely ole Randy know bout dem Bad Guys who is going to come. cause dey ain't go come to your community, yer neighborhood, yer area,  cause dey know yer lookin fer em.

Dey goin is goin come to ours lookin fer sympathy! lookin fer Silence! Lookin fer People who do not care what dey is doing!  Saying, Dey HATE YEW TOO!


Dey is goin come to OUR Rat Traps, Ghettos and undesrable places yer Hate, an don't wanna see or know about or Help with!

The Bad Guys are gonna Come where You do not go! That will be the Best Hiding places fer em!

dat is where dey gonna want to Hide dey DIRT!


Yer gonna NEED Us ta Tell yer when dey DO! yer gonna need US! to Tell you where dey Hiding!


But all of sudden..we gonna gits Amnesia!


What yer gonna do then?  it will be way to Late!

Bernie31
Bernie31

During a time in the World when everything is on Fire and Your National Security is at STAKE! Why on Earth would a People turn on their own Citizens, Neighbors, Co-workers, People who are all around them and in their Lives Everywhere in this Nation with such Vile Hatred?

Why would a People and Political Party Say such Mean and Hateful things about other Americans and then expect those same People to LOOK OUT for Yer and Protect Your Behinds from those who would rather see yer DEAD?

Take a look at what Your spending BILLIONS upon Billions on Security around yer to keep yer Safe!

When most likely a curious SET of EYES will be Your first clue something is UP or not Right.

Now just think if we ALL of a sudden WE don't not see Sumpin yer need to know..or Sumpin someone with EVIL and dastardly intentions and we Become Quiet and not share with you?

Where are you going to be then?  How Secure will you Be on that DAY? You first response will be ...why did you NOT SAY Something or Tell anyone?

Do you NOT think fer a minute those same PEOPLE will NOT remember your Hatred and Vile Comments? Your Hate filled  intentioned Polices and Laws? Yer Terrorist Policemen with their Cussin and Harassment and killin of unarmed Citizens?

Are you looking at the NEWS...are you aware of the Danger of threats that Face ALL of US...Mainly YOU and your People?

Why Should WE Care at ALL...About Your Security? to share or say anything to you about what is happening around you and we SEE and think something is not quite Right here or Suspicious?

Yer got some Balls....some Real Big ones..to be so smugly and SURE we are going to Tell YOU!

Really!  Your jest became less Secure of yer surroundings with fewer people showing concern about YOUR SAFETY and Security!  An effective Security that was FREE!  A security that will be most likely your First Alarm something is Wrong.

Because we Felt a Part of something GOOD and Honorable....But everyday you Reject US with Your Vileness....and one Day the one you HATE will most likely be the One, Yer need to Say Something and to SPEAK UP and say...LOOK!! over there or Here!

Or Not to make that 911 call with the cell Phone in hand about...whatever they May See or KNOW or suspect!

But You will NOW NO Longer have that extra Security of knowing that Extra Pair of EYES and Ears got yer Back! Looking out fer You yer Kids or yer Family, yer friends Yer other countrymen! cause yer can't be everywhere an see everything!

Naw--suh...I ain't seen Nuthin!  with a Big ole TOOTHY GRIN!

Not a Thing...

Did a Light Bulb jest come on fer ya?  It Should!

Bernie31
Bernie31

Do You Remember the Day of 911?  There was NO HATE Speech on that DAY! there was nothing but FEAR and filling of yer SHORTS!  We is ALL Americans NOW!  yer claimed!

All knew you were LYING!  through your Yella Hate filled Teeth! 

Next Time...there will be NO TEARS from those whom you Hate...Only Silence and Smiles!

Fer we will go about our Business knowing and thinking that is YOUR PROBLEM and NOT OURS!

Bernie31
Bernie31

REPUBLICANS! Wrong on and About everything! But Damn PROUD of Themselves...Anyway!

uh...huh

bulleston
bulleston

Yeah....because Randy Evans is so qualified to speak about the welfare of black people in this country

majiirob
majiirob

I'm black, and I think the protests/riots Ferguson had more to do with its residents having questions about why a young man is dead than it has to do with economics.  People in Ferguson were living peacefully before Michael Brown died, even though some of them might have been living in poverty.  This is a fact that Randy Evans seems to have deliberately overlooked in his plunge into the abyss of ignorance.  He also doesn't seem to understand that neither black persons, but others living in poverty, are waiting on the government to "give" anything to them but for politicians like him to pave the way for them, via legislation, to have access to the same opportunities that he and others enjoy and take for granted.

Old_Man
Old_Man

I am trying to follow what this guy is saying.

It just makes my head hurt.  It's complete nonsense.

I think he is saying that he is disappointed that Obama has missed a chance to convince black people to just accept racism.  So, if Obama had done that, there would be no protests in Ferguson.

Unf---ingbelievable.  Just completely unf---ingbelievable.

LCJ32
LCJ32

I honestly believe that since we have an African-American President that is the reason these killings are coming to light. These killings have went on for centuries (e.g., KKK) as well as the direct disrespect that Blacks experience (people have receive treason for less than the crap than what Our President encounter everyday). Black people deal with this discrimination and mistreatment on a daily basis (e.g., in "Corporate" America, education, etc.) The inequality was established long before any of us were born. Therefore, it is going to take more than one person to fix it. The first step to a resolution is acknowledging there is a problem. So, when America as a whole recognize racism for what it is then we can eliminate it.

HarryCrews
HarryCrews

Does this gentleman really believe what he is saying? Why does he choose to be a "Contrarian" on the other side of the planet.


If we're building a straw man argument, George H.W. Bush was President during the 1992 LA riots. We were in our 11th year of GOP control of the executive branch of the government. Were the 53 deaths that occurred solely the responsibility of Reagan and Bush and a Republican led government?


Does anyone else find these theses absurd?

LDH2O
LDH2O

"when these eruptions occur, they are far more violent, they’re far more intense" Let's see, this is the FIRST one in Obama's time in office but you know they are all far more violent... He can have his own opinion but he cannot make up facts.

Broxton
Broxton

Mr. Evans went overseas on TV and humiliated himself, our country, and our President. He is Deal's attorney for Pete's sake. These kind of actions hurt us all and our country. Besides they are not an accurate assessment. When are we going to stop even giving people like this space in the media?

Kanyon
Kanyon

And yet you have Tyler Perry donating to this very upstanding generous governor that has been standing up for African Americans' rights and helping all these African Americans in the communities????  YEAH RIGHT!  STOP IT, PLEASE!!!  Are people this ignorant or blinded by whatever people tell them???  Nobody can deny the evidence or let's say at least all the smoke that surrounds this governor and today another smoke cloud with ethics and fines!!!

TomGaff
TomGaff

You liberals have completely lost your way in the eyes of the taxpaying American citizens! You want to be supported from cradle to grave, admit it? As a former Viet Vet, conservative guy, I strongly believed in POTUS J Kennedy(who paid the ultimate price) when he said"Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country"! He was a Democrat admired by almost every one! Now a large segment of society EXPECT the country(taxpayers) to take care of them. What happened to working for what you wish to obtain in life?

LiberalsAreIdiots
LiberalsAreIdiots

and he is right...not only is Obama the WORST president we have ever had...he is also the most RACIST!!!   Just as RACIST as all the ignorant protesters are,  

susanpegsmen
susanpegsmen

Truer words have never been spoken. Randy Evans is a brilliant man and articulated the Obama failure perfectly. Lots of comments, Truth hurts so much.

UncleLeo
UncleLeo

"..........he will be stress free and will not have to do nothing for the rest his life,  This is one white male, advanced college educated"

Oh, really?

DirtyDawg
DirtyDawg

Racist whites continue to hammer their prejudices because they're afraid that when they become the 'minority' the new 'majority' will treat them the same way they've treated minorities for the past couple hundred years...and if they keep it up they may be right...then we'll all suffer from the history of their mindless hatred. Hey guys, greed and prejudice is no way to run a Party or a Country. All it does is breed contempt and the quest for revenge.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@bulleston - Like this old Soon to be Taking a DIRT Nap looking old geezer cares or knows anything About Black People of America!

We are ALL going to Sing and Dance on the day of yer Funeral!

Bernie31
Bernie31

@LCJ32 - This Crowd is Not interested in Fixing Anything and Do not Care...Black America this is their MESSAGE To YOU and Your Community! 

Go Screw Yourselves and DIE!

But before you do it...Please help Us to keep an EYE OUT and let Us know when Yer see the Bad Guys a coming....Cause WE is So SKERRED of them and NOT YOU!

HarryCrews
HarryCrews

@Kanyon Do you think Tyler Perry's donations to this governor have anything to do with the tax breaks he received while building the largest movie studios outside of California in a couple former Delta terminals? Such breaks allowed Perry in 2011 to be named by Forbes as the highest paid man in entertainment after earning $130 million between May 2010 and 2011.


Is it possible that could be the reason for the Tyler's donations to the "upstanding, generous governor" who stands up for ... nah, never mind.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Kanyon - dat was de  work of de Governor's SON Kasim Reed...de Son by de UDDER MUTTER as Nathan as always say!

Nathan's Son Kasim told Tyler, "Yer gotta give muh DEDDY his CUT!" Wit out it yer ain't gonna git Fort Mac! an yer can't rent either!

Kasim sed All muh Deddy Nathan want is $12,000... A Campaign Contribution if yer will. He told me to pass dat along ta yer! Dat is what is needed ta grease de Rails....  WINK! WINK!

A Dis fer Dat kinda DEAL!   

Did yer git it..... DEAL?  LOL

LDH2O
LDH2O

@TomGaff  You can have your own opinion but not your own facts. Admit it,  you conservatives make it all up when you complain about the Gov giving it away. In FACT Red states take far more welfare than Blue states do, those are the FACTS!!!

emtheaded
emtheaded

@TomGaff What in God's name does this have to do with the topic of the article?

LiberalsAreIdiots
LiberalsAreIdiots

@TomGaff


i agree with you 100%  its always what can you do for me....you make too much money i need some of it so i don't have to work..support me  support me...free free!!!  ..they are just a lazy bunch of slackers and losers....

Bernie31
Bernie31

@TomGaff  Keep on Hatin....Yep jest keep it UP! :) If I was ta see one of dem Bad Boys leavin sumpin layin around fer yer....I ain't gonna Say Nuthin! Nope! 

Jest gonna thank bout all yer sweet and lovin comments here. an say never Mind!

it ain't muh Bizness to SNITCH!

Dem Bad Boys know yer Hate Us too! 

dat is why dem younguns are signing Up wit em! 


Dey is  goin come back to dey community and yer ain't gonna know....yer gonna  need us ta tell yer sumpin ain't ritte wit dat one over dere. 

But we is gonna thank bout all yer hate and Keep movin...like we ain't seent nuthin.


Jest like you was mean and nasty...we goin return de favor wit SILENCE!


it done already started in Minnesota....de rest of em round de country eventually goin git de same idea...and leave yer exposed.


So Sad cause we coulda had a good thang goin...Heping each udder out!


But now we is goin Pause wit de HEP! We have No choice...why should we look out fer de Devil? 

When de udder Devil comes we goin let de both of yer go at it...by yer selves.


Our name is goin be WEST!  cause we ain't in dat mess!

uh..huh.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@TomGaff 

... the taxpaying American citizens!

Not this crap again.

All consumers pay taxes, sport.

Geez....

Bernie31
Bernie31

@LiberalsAreIdiots - in Case yer did not know!

rac·ism noun \ˈrā-ˌsi-zəm also -ˌshi-\

: poor treatment of or violence against people because of their race

: the belief that some races of people are better than others

1 :  a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race 2 :  racial prejudice or discrimination

Sounds Like White America to Me...and their History!

Broxton
Broxton

Mr. Evans went on TV overseas and humiliated his country, our President and himself. He is Deał's attorney for Pete's sake. Why is he brilliant? These type maneuvers hurt our country whether you like president or not.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@susanpegsmen - Keep on Hatin....Yep jest keep it UP! :) If I was ta see one of dem Bad Boys leavin sumpin layin around fer yer....I ain't gonna Say Nuthin! Nope! 

Jest gonna thank bout all yer sweet and lovin comments here. an say never Mind!

 it ain't muh Bizness to SNITCH!

Bernie31
Bernie31

@DirtyDawg  Dat is de smartest thang you ever said! Cause dem Hispanics cannot Wait!

dey is havin Babies like crazy an fo long its jest goin be a numbers game. black folks jest goin look on an Laff....


Oh how dey goin laff at yer Miisery! Yer great Grand chilren is goin pay a heavy price fer yer Ignorance...Yes dey is!

TomGaff
TomGaff

@LDH2O @TomGaff It doesn't matter if it is red or blue state to me. Most average citizens like me are good people who believe in voluntarily giving people a helping hand when they are down but strongly are against establishing a lifetime  of dependency by us taxpayers(the gov). Once again the govt does not have it's own money, it is money taken from taxpaying citizens!!

TomGaff
TomGaff

@emtheaded @TomGaff Just venting about differences between liberals and conservatives. I just can't understand why people do not believe in working for what they want in life, instead of it being given to them at taxpayers expense?

TomGaff
TomGaff

@LiberalsAreIdiots This site is like Bookman's political blog, mostly libs. I understand the AJC is slanted heavily to the liberal viewpoint?

susanpegsmen
susanpegsmen

@Bernie31 @susanpegsmen Bernie, it is always so difficult  read your oddly written posts. Is that some affectation?  More people would read them if they were written normally. I have to skip them because they are too much work to try to comprehend.

Burt54
Burt54

@TomGaff @emtheaded 

Nobody has a great time in Georgia living on this state's stingy benefits. The only people who qualify to get them are elderly, disabled, or too screwed up to make a normal go at life. They get just enough to survive. You do not prosper on that little income. You should be grateful that your body and mind are good enough to LET you be able to work and better yourself. The people you should resent are the ones who make way too much money when their work is no harder than yours. Don't waste energy punching at the people below you, punch up at the people who have screwed up the economy.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@susanpegsmen @Bernie31 @TomGaff - Don't worry bout it! 

Don't yer worry yer heart at ALL...cause we goin be de Blind MICE!

We ain't sent Nuthin out de way...an if we do ain't No body talkin!

Shhhhhhh! is de Word. See Sumpin, say Nuthin!

Bernie31
Bernie31

@susanpegsmen @Bernie31 - It don't matter know way! 

Naw suh.... it don't matter at ALL! 

Cause if we see dem Head CHOPPERS a comin....we ain't say'n Nuthin!

we jest goin turn our heads an look de UDDER WAY!

birdrow
birdrow

@Bernie31 Hey Nutty! Glad to see you're more Cuckoo than ever!  Putting any curses on anyone lately?  I see you've taken to talking/typing like a pirate/slave recently.  What is so funny is that you don't even know how to properly speak/type the old period Mark Twain era Negro Dialect, but instead have come up with this hybrid pirate style idiocy.  You are a nut and always will be.  Who cares what YER report or don't Matey!  Cuckoo, Cuckoo, Nut Job.

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@birdrow @Bernie31  Bernie's posts sound very much like a phonetic version of the Black English I hear all around me here in Georgia today...and I presume that's the point. He's talking to you in his language, not yours, to remind you of another presence that isn't white.  The literary term for this is "persona."

Bernie31
Bernie31

@birdrow @Bernie31 - uh...huh!  Dem ISIS Boys lookin fer yer TOO!

lol!...rofl....lol.. dey is HEAD over hills fer yer!

uh..huh

Bernie31
Bernie31

@OriginalProf @birdrow @Bernie31 - My Dear you are starting to Learn aren't you? Those who have ears will Hear!

those who do not will fall into their own Trap of their own making.

Burt54
Burt54

@OriginalProf @birdrow @Bernie31 

He sounds like a white guy doing a very bad job of writing phonetic Ebonics-- kind of a racist, black-face, minstrel show act. Nothing literary about it. Just ignorant and immature.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Burt54 @OriginalProf @birdrow @Bernie31 - When Dem ISIS BOYS sneak UP on All of yer! 

Yer gonna wish yer had not been so Mean an Hateful!

cause we ain't tellin yer now...if we sees them! Anywhere!

Good luck an I hope you sees them furst!