Buffalo city councilman Rasheed N.C. Wyatt recorded a livestream where he urged black rioters to do their looting outside of their own communities in order to avoid dissuading investors from developing black neighborhoods.
In an alarming post to his personal Facebook page, Rasheed N.C. Wyatt, a member of Buffalo’s city council, complained about the propensity for black rioters to loot and destroy their own neighborhoods. Exasperated with this dilemma, he came up with an idea: they could go do their looting in other communities.
Wyatt, representing the University District, is one of nine members serving on the Buffalo’s Common Council, which acts as the city government’s legislative branch.
“Don’t go that way, the police are over there,” Wyatt directs the rioters at the start of the video.
“We trying to do so much in our community, and I’m telling you, we can do better. We gotta find out how to do this. But not in a way that tears up our neighborhood. Why would we tear up our neighborhood? I see all the protests going on all throughout the country and we tearing up our neighborhood. Go somewhere else and loot, loot somewhere else. Don’t loot in our neighborhood.”
The obvious implication of his rant is that the individuals ought to be looting in predominantly white neighborhoods. During the 16 minute video, Wyatt helps direct rioters away from the police and towards safer places to cause mayhem, comments on how he believes Dr. Martin Luther King was only nonviolent because black people didn’t own enough guns to win, and stated that he believes looters should leave their own communities and wreak havoc in others.
“Do you know why Dr. King talked about non-violence? Because we don’t have enough guns.”
Wyatt had another alarming take on the civil rights movement during his broadcast. According to the Buffalo politician, Martin Luther King Jr. only advocated non-violence because black people didn’t have enough guns to win. To win what? A race war? Wyatt isn’t clear. The statement comes at about 11 minutes and 15 seconds into his stream.