“They hate white people because white people are successful and they’re not.”
So said Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-N.C.) about the Charlotte protesters in an interview with “BBC Newsnight.”
Pittenger was shedding light on the recent string of protests in Charlotte, N.C., following the shooting deaths of black men in North Carolina and Tulsa, Okla., by way of a cop’s pistol.
“The grievance in their mind is — the animus, the anger — they hate white people because white people are successful and they’re not,” Pittenger said in the interview, which appeared online Thursday.
Hours after his comment, which could be described as racist, Rep. Pittenger took to Twitter to try and talk back his statement.
“What is taking place in my hometown breaks my heart. Today, my anguish led me to respond to a reporter’s question in a way that I regret,” Pittenger posted.
“My intent was to discuss the lack of economic mobility for African Americans because of failed policies.”
“I apologize to those I offended and hope we can bring peace and calm to Charlotte.”
Soon after his comments, Rep. Pittenger began receiving a hail of criticism from across the world.
Television director Michael Schur tweeted at Rep. Pittenger during his apology and summarized a lot of the anger directed at the congressman.
“Apology not accepted, you racist goof,” Schur tweeted. “Resign, please.”