“They Said ‘Go Home, N****r'”: Black Lives Matter Protester Beat Up At Trump Rally In Alabama
During a rally on Saturday for presidential hopeful Donald Trump in Birmingham, Ala., a Black Lives Matter protester tried to make his voice heard. Before he knew it, Mercutio Southall Jr. was on the ground, fielding punches and kicks from Trump supporters.
Throughout the melee, Trump stood at the podium, irritated by Southall, saying, “Yeah, get him out, get out!” and instructing security to “Get him the hell outta here!” while supporters cheered. He made it clear that Black Lives Matter protesters wouldn’t strong-arm him into doing anything the way he felt they’d done Bernie Sanders.
“See, he was politically correct. Two young women came up to the podium. They took over his microphone. I promise you that’s not going to happen with me.”
According to the Huffington Post, Southall was tackled to the ground, but it’s unclear if he was tackled by security or other attendees. While down, he was punched and kicked by a few attendants and was treated so roughly that one onlooker could be heard shouting, “Don’t choke him! Don’t choke him!”
We’re talking about all this for one man in a Black Lives Matter T-shirt.
And despite admitting that he didn’t see the actual scuffle, Trump told Fox & Friends that “Maybe he should have been roughed up” when speaking of Southall. “It was absolutely disgusting what he was doing.”
What exactly was so disgusting about it?
“The man you say was, I don’t know, roughed up — he was obnoxious and so loud, he was screaming,” Trump said. “I had 10,000 people in the room yesterday and this guy started screaming by himself.”
In case you missed the memo, obnoxious and loud people like Trump only like allegedly “obnoxious and loud” individuals who think like them and support his viewpoints. This is clear as this isn’t the first time a protester at a Trump rally has been assaulted.
A student protester who showed up with a group of people at a Miami rally for Trump to protest his views on immigration was attacked. Ariel Rojas was dragged by his collar and assaulted by an attendee despite peacefully demonstrating with his hands in the air. Rojas also said the signs he and the other students were carrying that spelled out “Equality” were taken and ripped up by attendees before he was attacked.
As for Saturday’s attack, no arrests were made. But one Trump staffer agreed that Southall needed to be escorted out, even if it was done violently, for doing his whole “Black Lives Matter thing.”
“That guy was being disruptive,” the staffer told the Montgomery Advertiser according to EurWeb. “He was doing the Black Lives Matter thing and saying other phrases that were really firing up the crowd around him. He was throwing his hands around almost punching.”
But what’s really disgusting about all this is that Southall told AL.com that when he was attacked, he was called everything from the N-word to a monkey and was told that his life doesn’t matter. He stayed calm, because he was there to speak out against Trump’s disparaging remarks about people of color. But Southall said when someone punched him, you bet he punched back. The Birmingham resident and activist is not about the “turn-the-other-cheek” stuff.
“When I wake up in the morning, I pretty much expect trouble,” Southall told AL.com. “We’re not the Negros from the 60s. I believe in defending myself, defending my people and sticking up for my people. I’m not violent. I’m not out threatening to blow up people. Self-preservation is an instinct every creature has and we deserve respect.”