Democrat and racial justice advocate Gary Chambers Jr. is running to become Louisiana’s first black senator by burning a Confederate flag, smoking pot, raging against ginned up racial disparity, and claiming the South will rise again, on his terms.
He claims to be fed up with his state ranking poorly in health, education, infrastructure, and the economy. Chambers is using provocative language and radical imagery in his latest viral video called “Scars and Bars” to rile up his supporters and make a move for the Senate seat.
“Our system isn’t broken,” he says while setting the flag aflame. “It’s designed to do exactly what it’s doing, which is producing measurable inequity.”
“Here in Louisiana, and all over the South, Jim Crow never really left, and the remnants of the Confederacy remain,” Chambers charged in the video. “… The attacks on black people, our right to vote, and participate in this democracy are methodical.”
(Video: Gary Chambers/YouTube)
“It’s time to burn what remains of the Confederacy down,” he says. “I do believe the South will rise again, but this time it’ll be on our terms.”
“When I look at this state and its people, we are so much greater than our state’s ranking,” Chambers proclaimed. “And it’s in part because of the leaders that we’ve had who make decisions that are against the people of this state.”
People say, “America isn’t racist” well why doesn’t it elect more Black leaders?
There have been 11 Black U.S. Senators.
There have been 4 Black governors.
There are 46 million Black people in America. pic.twitter.com/ivs35FEgGB
— Gary Chambers (@GaryChambersJr) April 10, 2022
Chambers, 36, blamed non-existent Jim Crow laws and asserted that the Confederacy is alive and well in his state, making everything about race. His ads have gone viral and the media is in love with his revolutionary persona.
“We need to burn the remnants of the Confederacy from every piece of legislation that exists in this country in order for this country to be whole again,” Chambers told NBC News in a March interview. “And we need to build that conversation by talking about the racial inequities that exist.”
Chambers’ touted policies follow the progressive line. He stands for “Medicare for All,” raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour, and he’s pushing the radical Green New Deal, which would reportedly bankrupt the nation if enacted.
He has managed to raise $1.2 million for his campaign coffers. That’s roughly $724,000 more than the closest Democrat in the race but it pales in comparison to what Republicans have raised. Sen. John Kennedy has raised over $23 million for his campaign, according to the Federal Election Commission.
Y’all Door knocking in April? Absolutely! I’m not hiding, we are raising money all over the country so we can put in this work in Louisiana. A U.S. Senator from Louisiana impacts the entire nation. Chip in today to support this grassroots movement for change. Link in my bio. pic.twitter.com/MOp53DMDco
— Gary Chambers (@GaryChambersJr) April 14, 2022
“This is a very winnable race,” Chambers said despite the odds against him. “If the DNC and … state party take this race seriously … we can raise the resources and build the infrastructure to win this election.”
Silas Lee, who is a pollster and sociologist at the Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, claims Chambers is a candidate for the people.
“He’s not afraid to be a countercultural candidate,” Lee remarked to NBC News. “People can relate to what he’s saying.”
“The challenge for Gary Chambers is to see whether or not he can build motivation among voters and gain their trust,” he noted.
Chambers’ first ad was only 37 seconds long and dropped in January. In it, he smokes a blunt in an open field and pushes the legalization of pot in the state of Louisiana. The leftist claims that black Americans are four times more likely to be arrested for smoking pot, once again making it about race, not drugs. He also wants the records for possession of pot expunged for those convicted and is calling for investment in black cannabis growers.
(Video Credit: Gary Chambers Jr.)
“It’s unjust, and we can do something about it,” Chambers declared, referring to the case of Kevin Allen, a black man in Louisiana, who has reportedly been serving a life sentence for selling $20 of marijuana to a childhood friend. “We have tools and mechanisms at our disposal to free this man and any other person who’s been incarcerated that way.”
“We should not be OK going on about our day … while people are having a luxury in one part of the country, while other folks are having a penalty for that same luxury,” Chambers asserted.
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