A disturbing incident occurred on Friday, June 26, when a group of alleged Black Lives Matter activists barreled into a Washington D.C. Target store. The protesters, speaking from a script, and using a bullhorn, demanded Target desist in calling the police for any incident related to black people and threatened to shut them down if they refuse.
The activist announced to customers in the store, “All black people, living around this neighborhood, living around in this neighborhood, because you prioritize money over people, so until you stop calling the police, we continue to shut your business down.”
Their group leader then began to repeat his words in a chant.
The incident was captured on video by local journalist Drew Hernandez, who tweeted about the incident.
“Black Lives Matter literally threatened @Target today in DC,” Hernandez tweeted. “Apparently if that @Target in DC ever calls the cops on a black person ever again BLM will shut them down. Sounds a lot like what Hawk Newsome said on Fox the other night about ‘burning down the system.’ Radicals.”
Hernandez added, “I really would like to know why DC Police allowed BLM to trespass into a DC Target to make threats tonight with customers still inside.”
— Drew Hernandez (@livesmattershow) June 28, 2020
The remark from Hernandez was referring to comments by Hawk Newsome in an interview with Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum when host MacCallum commented to Newsome, the Greater New York head of BLM, that he appeared to condone violence to achieve their political goals. “Obviously people watch what you say in that video, that you now want to shove legislation down people’s throats now that you have everyone’s attention, and you also have said that violence is sometimes necessary in these situations,” said MacCallum. “What exactly is it that you hope to achieve through violence?”
“Wow, it’s interesting that you would pose that question like that because this country is built upon violence,” said Newsome. “What was the American Revolution? What’s our … diplomacy across the globe? We go in and blow up countries and we replaced their leaders with leaders who would like. So for any American to accuse us of being violent, it’s extremely hypocritical.”
MacCallum continued,“The only reason I posed that first question to you the way that I did it, I watched you talking on a bunch of different interviews today and you said, ‘Burn it down.’ You said it, ‘Burn it down, it’s time.’ So that makes me think that you want to ‘Burn it down.’”
Newsome replied, “If this country doesn’t give us what we want then we will burn down the system and replace it.” He continued, “All right. And I could be speaking figuratively, I could be speaking literally. It’s a matter of interpretation. Like, let’s be very real and observe the history of the 1960s. When black people were rioting we have their highest growth and wealth and property ownership.”