Aaron Freeman, in the middle of saying "All Lives Matter"
Indiana governor Mike Pence wasn’t the only Hoosier getting national press during the Republican National Convention.
Indianapolis city-county councilman Aaron Freeman is running for State Senate in District 32 and attended the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, OH.
As an attendee of the convention with a huge pin in the shape of the state of Indiana pinned to his suit coat, Freeman caught the attention of the “SamSquad” on scene from the TBS show Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, a comedy-commentary show in the same genre as the Daily Show.
The focus of the segment for Full Frontal was to try and get RNC attendees to actually say “Black Lives Matter” and to gauge their understanding of the #BLM movement. Freeman was one of several persons interviewed for the segment.
“This Black Lives Matter movement, I just don’t think that it is helpful for the country,” said Freeman. “I don’t know what their purpose is.”
Freeman went on to say in the report that all anyone needs to do to avoid getting shot by police is to comply.
“Your chances of getting shot by police are non-existent if you respect authority, if you don’t pull a gun on them, if you don’t run away from them,” said Freeman. “If you cooperate with the law enforcement, put your hands on the steering wheel, play along with what they ask you to do.”
...The show quickly points out the shooting of a Black behavioral health aide in North Miami, Florida who was shot while laying down with his hands in the air and telling police he was trying to help his autistic patient.
Freeman’s last words on the show illustrated his unwillingness to consider the point of the #BLM movement or learn more about them.
In all fairness, Freeman’s city-county council district covers the majority of Franklin Township in Indianapolis, excluding the northwest corner of the township. There aren’t a lot of Black people for Freeman to represent. According to statisticalatlas.com, only 4 percent of Franklin Township is Black or African-American compared to 26.5 percent for all of Marion County. State Senate District 32, which includes all of Franklin Township along with portions of Perry, Center and Warren Townships, has a Black population of 8.7 percent.
So, in a nutshell, there aren’t a lot of Blacks or African-Americans to represent, which on the surface may seem like a good thing since Freeman’s interest in understanding issues facing African-Americans appears minimal at best.
Amber Stearns was born, raised, and educated right here in Indianapolis. She holds a B.S. in Communications from the University of Indianapolis (1995). Following a 20-year career in radio news in Indiana, Amber joined NUVO as News Editor in 2014.