Samuel Bahuma and Claude Bongambe have a lot in widespread.
Each are Congolese natives and refugees, that means conflict and dying had been as soon as a daily a part of their lives. They’re each working for the New Hampshire Home subsequent month.
And each lean exhausting proper, believing that the Black Lives Matter motion ignores an enormous swath of American society. Actually, these two Black males say, BLM is a baseless entity. It’s pretend information.
“All lives matter,” Bongambe advised me by cellphone Friday. “Everybody has unhealthy sides and good sides.”
“Why simply Black individuals?” Bahuma requested. “Why not all individuals?”
As a result of, BLM supporters say, Black individuals are victims of a racist society. And that features a nationwide police neighborhood that, all too usually, has been seen – caught, actually – on video killing or injuring unarmed Black individuals.
Bahuma and Bongambe are distinctive people, a part of a counter-movement to the prevailing narrative that’s sweeping the nation. The one that claims racism is actual and has been allowed to penetrate the nation’s soul.
They’re native representatives of a rising undercurrent, represented by former NFL star Herschel Walker, who’s Black, on the GOP Conference final summer time, when Walker portrayed Trump as a person of dignity, devoid of racism.
They subscribe to an previous Rush Limbaugh doctrine, about rugged individualism, pulling themselves up by their bootstraps.
Like Walker, Bahuma and Bongambe are large followers and supporters of Trump. They’re not involved with being politically appropriate. They had been essential of former Democratic presidential heavyweights Invoice Clinton and Barack Obama, each typically thought of to be champions of the Black trigger.
They see immigrants and asylum seekers and remind me that there are guidelines to comply with to return right here. They assume meals stamps and backed housing allow the poor.
“From the Congo, we discover Democrats give meals stamps and all the things to the individuals, however it’s essential work,” stated Bongambe, who’s working for the Merrimack 18 (Ward 9) State Rep seat in opposition to Democrat Kris Schultz. “I must work. If I keep residence, no work, and the federal government does all the things for me. What’s going to that educate my grandkids?”
They’ll study that their grandfather, an worker on the New Hampshire State Hospital, grew up with genocide and civil conflict and rape throughout him. He turned passionate and loud when requested to recollect, telling me, “They’re killing individuals and no peace and 300 girls are raped a day by troopers. Not nation. It broke down, no meals, no water, no electrical energy, no nothing, and individuals are struggling.”
He got here right here, to Harmony, 9 years in the past by a refugee program, arriving in a metropolis recognized to be inclusive. He introduced his spouse and three kids, and has since had one other baby right here.
He trusts Trump’s overseas coverage instincts, robust and decisive, hopeful the president can carry peace to Bongambe’s homeland. He stated “No” to the each day expenses that Trump was racist. “I like the best way he speaks and tells the individuals the reality,” Bongambe stated.
Bongambe and the president agree that systemic racism just isn’t a part of the nation’s cloth. Proof just like the video of George Floyd – proven struggling for his life whereas a cop’s knee pushed exhausting on the again of his neck – is subjective. He did, nevertheless, concede that enhancements are wanted.
“Some police want some coaching as a result of they’re scared after they see Black males,” Bongambe advised me. “However within the Congo, we now have Black police there who rape and Black individuals are killing Black individuals and also you by no means examine that.”
In the meantime, Bahuma’s previous mirrors Bongambe’s in some ways. He noticed brutal ethnic conflicts as nicely in Congo, throughout the Nineties, earlier than he and his household fled to Uganda, to a refugee camp, for 3 years.
Bahuma settled right here 15 years in the past. He was a Democrat, an Obama supporter. Then Obama modified his thoughts, shifting from a proponent of civil unions to a supporter of homosexual marriage.
Bahuma, who’s working in Merrimack 13 (Ward 3) in opposition to Democrat Beth Richards, solutions to an excellent greater authority than Trump, utilizing the Bible as his playbook to information his politics. That’s why he believes Obama betrayed him.
Bahuma ran. To the opposite facet.
“I made a decision to work for Trump, not as a result of I supported him, however as a result of I needed to take a look at what was on the opposite facet and see how he connects with individuals,” Bahuma advised me.
He preferred the GOP. A lot so, actually, that he helped create the New American Republican Nationwide Affiliation, which has 1,500 Fb followers and states, “Sharing the m(a)jor ideology of the American Revolution and stand with republican social gathering.”
His perception that sexual orientation is a alternative may make a piece of the political spectrum run for canopy. But, he boldly proclaimed his hope that, maybe, his affect will help straighten out homosexual individuals.
“They’ve their alternative,” Bahuma advised me. “My purpose is to evangelise the phrase of God and the morals for the individuals, how God desires us to be. I’d not stand on TV and assault the gays. I’d be their good friend, and perhaps my conduct can change them.”
It’s a tough proper stance, like questioning the worthiness and want for Black Lives Matter. Individuals on the left insist BLM is a peaceable motion.
They admit some members flip violent, however they lay blame on the ft of regulation enforcement and a army presence that the left says created pressure, verbal sparring and battle. Regulation and order, critics say, was not a precedence. Sending a message was.
The president disagrees. He thinks protesters and rioters are one and the identical. He’s by no means subscribed to the idea that racism is a most cancers within the police ranks.
He’s bought two votes right here, from a pair of Black candidates for the Home who say racial strife on this nation has been blown manner out of proportion.
All lives matter, they cause.
“We can’t choose 1,000 and generalize that each one cops are unhealthy,” Bahuma stated. “I’ve been in New Hampshire, and I’ve seen how exhausting police work. We’ve misplaced 10 cops in Manchester.
“Why isn’t anybody speaking about that.”