Mercutio Southall (c. 1985- ), a Black Lives Matter protester, was beat up at a Donald Trump rally in Birmingham, Alabama on November 21st 2015.
Afterwards, Trump, who is running for US president, said:
“Maybe he should have been roughed up because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing.”
The disgusting thing he was doing was shouting “Black Lives Matter!” at a Trump rally of several thousand people (nearly all White, in a city that is 73% Black).
When Southall began shouting, Trump said:
“Get him the hell out of here! Throw him out.”
The crowd cheered. Six or so White men began beating him up.
“I got punched in the face, I got punched in the neck. I got kicked in the chest. Kicked in the stomach. Somebody stepped on my hand.”
They told him, “Go home, nigger.” They called him and fellow protesters “monkeys”. They said, “All lives matter!”
Security took him away, but no one else.
CNN caught some of it on video before security forced them back into their “media pen”.
Trump then said of Bernie Sanders (whose rally in Seattle in August was interrupted by Black Lives Matter protesters Marissa Johnson and Mara Willaford):
“You 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.”
This was hardly the first time Trump supporters have been violent. In August two of them beat up a homeless Latino man with a metal pipe and reportedly urinated on him. When Trump heard about it, he said:
“I will say that people who are following me are very passionate. They love this country and they want this country to be great again.”
He got heat for that and later said he “would never condone violence” and that “we must treat each other with respect.”
Southall’s family comes from Selma, where some of them marched with Martin Luther King, Jr in 1965. His mother named him for the character in Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet”. He used to play semi-pro football with the Birmingham Diamondbacks.
When he was at police academy, he hurt his knee and failed the running test by 15 seconds. So he started his own security company, MercSouth Security.
Since 2013, he has been roughed up, tased and arrested many times for his protesting.
Some say he is just being a troublemaker. Southall says:
“If I was doing something for myself, I would have stopped when they took my business, I would have stopped when they took my weapons, I would have stopped when they took my motorcycle, I would have stopped when they tased me, I would have stopped when they were pointing guns at my face, I would have stopped when I didn’t have a place to sleep at night.”
Of Black Lives Matter:
“If we weren’t making a difference, if we weren’t raising the awareness, if we weren’t making people uncomfortable, then why have we been persecuted?”
– Abagond, 2015.
Upate (December 16th): Yet another racist incident at a Trump rally, two days ago in Las Vegas.
While a Black Lives Matter protester was being manhandled by security, Trump supporters were shouting stuff like:
“Kick his ass!”
“Light the motherfucker on fire!”
As another protester was removed, someone shouted:
It gets worse, as BuzzFeed reports:
“Trump, meanwhile, gleefully narrated the madness from his podium like a tabloid talk show host presiding over an on-camera brawl between guests — egging on the confrontation, whipping the audience into a frenzy, and basking in his fans’ celebratory chants.
“Trump! Trump! Trump! Trump!”
“This is what we should have been doing to the other side for the last seven years!” Trump exclaimed during one of the scuffles with protesters.”