Let me preface this by saying that as black people, we always know there is going to be at least one. You know the type. They do the most to set themselves apart from the rest of us black folks because they want to be viewed as “different” and “special.” Even if it means selling other black people up the river, they will stand out in their “other” blackness by any means necessary.
Such is the case of 52-year-old Jerome Almon, a black man who wrote a racially charged email denouncing Black Lives Matter and advocating for the protection of some Confederate monuments. He told the Washington Post that he sent the email to help Donald Trump defend his response to the Charlottesville white supremacy riot and give him ammunition to condemn groups on the left, including Black Lives Matter.
“I wanted to help him. This whole political bread and circuses needs to stop,” Jerome Almon told the Post. “Black Lives Matter is just as racist as the Nazis or the KKK or anyone else.
“We’re going to end up in a violent civil war,” Almon added, saying that the president “is our last chance or the violence you saw in Charlottesville is going to get worse.”
Almon sent his email to Trump attorney John Dowd, who received it Tuesday night and shared it with government officials, conservative journalists and other administration allies Wednesday.
In the email, Almon claimed that Black Lives Matter has been infiltrated by terrorists. He also appeared to echo the president’s claims defending the central goal of the Charlottesville protest, which was led by a group that claims it rallied to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
At a Tuesday news conference, Trump claimed that the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacists were not completely to blame for the violent turn of events at the protest and said that there was blame on “both sides.” Those comments have created some serious political backlash for the president, who not only has not backed down on them but also doubled down on them in further statements.
Almon told the Post in a phone interview that he has previously met Trump, and as a onetime Obama supporter, he has come to support the current president because “he’s far more right than he is wrong, and he’s done far more on average than his opponents.”
Almon said that he wanted to provide the president with facts with which to reinforce his argument about Charlottesville, and in the email he even compared George Washington to Lee.
“Both owned slaves,” Almon wrote. “Both rebelled against the ruling government. Both men’s battle tactics are still taught at West Point. Both saved America.”
I’m going to sum up my feelings about
Clayton Bigsby Jerome Almon with two words:
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