Samuel Bahuma and Claude Bongambe have a lot in widespread.
Each are Congolese natives and refugees, which means struggle and loss of life have been as soon as a daily a part of their lives. They’re each operating 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. In truth, these two Black males say, BLM is a baseless entity. It’s faux information.
“All lives matter,” Bongambe informed me by cellphone Friday. “Everybody has unhealthy sides and good sides.”
“Why simply Black folks?” Bahuma requested. “Why not all folks?”
As a result of, BLM supporters say, Black persons are victims of a racist society. And that features a nationwide police neighborhood that, all too typically, has been seen – caught, actually – on video killing or injuring unarmed Black folks.
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 season, when Walker portrayed Trump as a person of dignity, devoid of racism.
They subscribe to an outdated Rush Limbaugh doctrine, about rugged individualism, pulling themselves up by their bootstraps.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 right. They have been important of former Democratic presidential heavyweights Invoice Clinton and Barack Obama, each typically thought-about to be champions of the Black trigger.
They see immigrants and asylum seekers and remind me that there are guidelines to observe to come back right here. They suppose meals stamps and backed housing allow the poor.
“From the Congo, we discover Democrats give meals stamps and all the things to the folks, however you want to work,” mentioned Bongambe, who’s operating for the Merrimack 18 (Ward 9) State Rep seat towards Democrat Kris Schultz. “I must work. If I keep dwelling, no work, and the federal government does all the things for me. What’s going to that train my grandkids?”
They’ll be taught that their grandfather, an worker on the New Hampshire State Hospital, grew up with genocide and civil struggle and rape throughout him. He turned passionate and loud when requested to recollect, telling me, “They’re killing folks and no peace and 300 ladies are raped a day by troopers. Not a superb nation. It broke down, no meals, no water, no electrical energy, no nothing, and persons are struggling.”
He got here right here, to Harmony, 9 years in the past by a refugee program, arriving in a metropolis identified to be inclusive. He introduced his spouse and three youngsters, and has since had one other little one right here.
He trusts Trump’s overseas coverage instincts, robust and decisive, hopeful the president can carry peace to Bongambe’s homeland. He mentioned “No” to the each day fees that Trump was racist. “I like the way in which he speaks and tells the folks the reality,” Bongambe mentioned.
Bongambe and the president agree that systemic racism will not be a part of the nation’s material. 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, nonetheless, concede that enhancements are wanted.
“Some police want some coaching as a result of they’re scared once they see Black males,” Bongambe informed me. “However within the Congo, we’ve got Black police there who rape and Black persons are killing Black folks 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, in the course of 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 operating in Merrimack 13 (Ward 3) towards Democrat Beth Richards, solutions to a fair increased 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 aspect.
“I made a decision to work for Trump, not as a result of I supported him, however as a result of I wished to take a look at what was on the opposite aspect and see how he connects with folks,” Bahuma informed me.
He appreciated the GOP. A lot so, in actual fact, 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 celebration.”
His perception that sexual orientation is a selection 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 folks.
“They’ve their selection,” Bahuma informed me. “My objective is to evangelise the phrase of God and the morals for the folks, how God desires us to be. I might not stand on TV and assault the gays. I’d be their pal, and possibly my conduct can change them.”
It’s a tough proper stance, like questioning the worthiness and wish for Black Lives Matter. Folks 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 navy presence that the left says created rigidity, verbal sparring and battle. Legislation 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 speculation that racism is a most cancers within the police ranks.
He’s obtained two votes right here, from a pair of Black candidates for the Home who say racial strife on this nation has been blown approach out of proportion.
All lives matter, they cause.
“We can not decide 1,000 and generalize that each one cops are unhealthy,” Bahuma mentioned. “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.”