A pastor from North Carolina, who has thrown his support behind Donald Trump, says that African-Americans should “return” to Africa to build infrastructure since they can’t find jobs here.
During an appearance on CNN, Apostle Thomas Rodgers, Sr. of Antioch Road to Glory International Ministries, told host Carol Costello that black Americans should apply for “dual citizenship” and go to Africa where they can find jobs building roads and bridges. This simple step, said Rodgers, would have the added bonus of ridding America of gang violence.
“African-Americans are the only people in the world who do not seek dual citizenship,” Rodgers said. “That’s why Chicago gangs, California gangs, the Crips and the Bloods and Detroit in Michigan — we have gangs in the streets because blacks have no vision, they have no leadership.”
Costello asked the pastor to explain comments he had made “about building a road back to Africa.”
Matter of fact, where our ancestors came from, from the Indian Ocean all the way across the Atlantic Ocean, that’s 4,000 miles and we want to go back and help with the highways all the way across, to create jobs, train rails, pipelines, oil, petroleum. They create jobs for young people that can’t find jobs here, that the Democrats have not did.”
“I think it would give young people in prison [jobs] just like Great Britain did,” he opined.
“So you are suggesting young people in trouble should go back to Africa, perhaps to find jobs?” Costello asked.
“Not to go back, but I say to return,” Rodgers insisted. “It’s a clause in the United Nations charter, our right to return, to help build infrastructure. Everybody don’t want to stay here. We are skilled people.”
Democratic strategist Angela Rye, who was visibly struggling not to burst out laughing while the pastor was talking, noted that if he is speaking about building a “literal” bridge back to Africa, his plan was “probably impossible.” After all, there are oceans and stuff between America and Africa, so maybe, just maybe, a bridge isn’t all that plausible.
“I apologize for laughing,” Rye added as she couldn’t hold back her amusement any longer and let a few giggles slip.
Watch the segment here:
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