Republican Rep. Dave Brat of Virginia said on Sept. 22 that the source of institutional racism is the lack of religion and Bibles in public schools (video below).
Brat made his observations in an interview with Virginia talk radio host John Fredericks, during which he said he didn't know why Black Lives Matter was "rioting" in Charlotte, notes Right Wing Watch.
National news coverage shows African-Americans have been protesting in Charlotte because a police officer shot and killed Keith Lamont Scott, a black man whose family said he was not armed with a gun, but rather a book, when he died on Sept. 20. The Charlotte police have refused to release officer body camera footage of the incident.
Brat did not mention those facts, but did tell Fredericks: "That's just sub-groups, some of these radical groups that are funded out of George Soros’ pot of money and just some confused people."
Brat provided no evidence of his assertion, but quickly changed the subject to his visit to a prison with "40 heroin addicts who have been convicted of serious crimes" who told him how they wanted to "get the Bible back in the classroom and religion back in the classroom" so their children did not end up in prison like their parents.
Brat said the prisoners told him that school counselors focused too much on education and not on their vision for life or what business their students wanted to go into.
Brat went on to complain about Democrats funding education, and the lack of personal ethics taught to children by the government-run schools:
The Democrat policy in education is holding back an entire generation from being successful, and then you end up with this racial tension when your school system, which is funded, we fully fund these schools $12,000 per person per year for 13 years. And we're teaching them about isosceles triangles, but we’re not giving them any hope.
And some of the guys said, "I never got ethics. i was never taught what was good versus bad in life in the public school system." And so, it's just an indictment, it's like from the mouths of babes. These guys have just been decimated. Their lives are just crushed and they only know to speak the truth now. They're having a spiritual awakening because they're looking for some hope. And so there's some good news out there to contrast this racial tension, but we gotta get some policies in this country that make sense for everybody.
Fredericks then said the Charlotte riots were related to the police shooting of Scott, who may or may not have had a book. This revelation came only moments after Fredericks said he didn't understand what was causing outrage in Charlotte. Fredericks asserted that President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton were blaming the riots on institutional racism:
There is institutional racism, and if Obama and Hillary want to talk about institutionalized racism, I just mentioned the source of it. It’s their own policies. That’s where the institutional racism is, right?
When you don’t tell people what is ethically good and bad ... if you cannot even define what a morally good life is anymore and you block the Bible and you block the Judeo-Christian tradition and you block the Baptist church, which is fundamental in the African-American community, from being the voice of power and the only hope you give is a broken federal system of government
After complaining that government-run public schools are not teaching ethics and religion to children, Brat said he hopes people agree with him that "the federal government is not the educator of your child on these moral issues."
In January, Brat attacked Obama for making references to helping orphans and widows, from the Bible, to make a case for allowing Syrian refugees to come to the U.S., notes Right Wing Watch.
Brat stated: "He's is using the Christian tradition and trying to bring about compassion by bonking Republicans over the head with the Bible. It’s almost a comedy routine on what compassion and love is. He’s mocking his enemies in order to compel a larger federal state using the tradition of love.”