South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) said that the unrest across the country after the deaths of unarmed black men by police officers was hurting, not helping African Americans.
“Black lives do matter and they have been disgracefully jeopardized by the movement that has laid waste to Ferguson and Baltimore,” Haley said, speaking at the National Press Club in Washington Wednesday.
In her remarks, Haley — a daughter of Indian immigrants — contrasted the way her state handled two national headline-making, racially charged events with the protests prompted by the deaths of unarmed black men by police hands in New York, Baltimore, and Ferguson, Missouri.
“In all three of those cases, there was civil unrest at truly awful levels. The riots in Ferguson and Baltimore were senseless. You know what? Black lives do matter,” Haley said. “Most of the people killed or injured in the riots in Ferguson and Baltimore were black. Think about it. Most of the small business or social service institutions that were destroyed and looted in Ferguson and Baltimore were either black owned, or served heavily black populations. Most of the people who now live in terror because local police are too intimidated to do their jobs are black. Black lives do matter and they have been disgracefully jeopardized by the movement that has laid waste to Ferguson and Baltimore.”
She touted how South Carolina handled the shooting of Walter Scott, an unarmed black man, by a police officer, by passing a state wide body camera law as well as the state’s decision to remove the Confederate flag from its capitol grounds after the shooting of nine African-Americans at a Charleston, S.C. church.
“In South Carolina we did things differently,” Haley said.