In the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday after white supremacist events and counterprotests, a North Carolina state senator compared the Black Lives Matter movement to the supremacists.
Republican Sen. Dan Bishop, who represents Senate District 39 in Mecklenburg County, said on Twitter Sunday that the “racist alt-right must be condemned” along with Antifa, an umbrella term for an activist anti-fascist movement, and Black Lives Matter, a group protesting police brutality and advocating for equality and black civil rights.
Bishop did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday.
Another Twitter user, Jeb Stuart, whose profile says he is from Charlotte, asked Bishop whether he was equating BLM with those who wave Nazi flags.
Bishop said yes, “both violent, racist movements.”
Stuart: “What is racist about acknowledging the humanity of black people?”
Bishop: “I had in mind their chant ‘pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon.’ But knew better than to expect reciprocal decency.”
Stuart: “Individuals vary, but are the fundamental purposes of those movements morally equivalent?”
Bishop: “Chants usually collective acts. And my condemnation of extremists is unreciprocated.”
Dozens of Twitter users had responded to Bishop’s tweet by Monday in opposition to his comments.
One of the responses came from Wake County Commissioner John Burns, who told Bishop to resign.