The debate over the role of race in the death of Michael Brown is taking a new twist as Republican presidential candidates are taking on the issue with a fresh approach.
As a presidential candidate, Jeb Bush, who is also a former Florida governor, told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that he thinks “there is a Ferguson effect” in America, referring to the riots that broke out following the fatal police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.
“I think there is a real Ferguson effect,” Bush said.
“It’s very clear that this is not the way things were supposed to be.”
He added that while the media has focused on the “big issues,” such as policing, race is also part of the equation.
Bush, who said that he would be willing to work with anyone to improve racial relations, is one of several candidates who have been criticized for their race-related comments during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who also ran for president, was the first GOP presidential contender to issue a formal apology for a tweet in January that referred to African Americans as “n*****s” and said they are not Americans.
During the debate Tuesday, Bush, the son of Cuban immigrants, said he has “always had the respect and admiration of the Cuban people,” but he has come under fire for comments he made in 2015 about how he views people of African descent.
“You’ve got people in this country who are very proud of their heritage and their ancestry,” Bush told Hannity.
“They’re proud of our country, but they don’t like to talk about it.
They don’t want to talk to you about it.”
Bush also made the comments during a campaign appearance on MSNBC.
In response, Bush told Fox that he is not going to be afraid to say anything and that his remarks are “in no way a reflection on what I’ve actually done or the views of my family.”
“I know what I stand for,” Bush continued.
“I don’t have a problem saying anything that I think is correct, even if it is a little uncomfortable.
I’m not going back on anything.”
Bush told Hannity that while he doesn’t like the term “n****r,” he doesn of course mean “n—–.”
“It’s a really big word.
I mean, the word is a big word, and I’m sure that the people who use it are really proud of that word,” he said.
But the controversy over Bush’s comments and his race is drawing renewed attention to the race and race relations in America.
Former President Barack Obama, who won re-election in November, has been a strong critic of the way race has been discussed during the presidential race.
In a video address at a rally in October, Obama said he’s not going anywhere.
“For a black man, who has been shot and killed by a police officer, or has been stopped by a policeman, or killed by police officers, that’s unacceptable,” Obama said.
Obama, who was speaking from a teleprompter at the time, also said he does not support the death penalty, calling it “not a punishment that we should take lightly.”
Jeb Bush (R) has said he is “not going to apologize” for comments about race during an October rally.
(Andrew Harnik/AP)In recent months, many of the GOP presidential candidates have come under criticism for their remarks about race and police.
Former Florida Gov.
Scott Walker (R), who was the Republican presidential nominee in 2012, said in a recent CNN interview that he believes race “does not exist in this great country.”
Former Florida Sen. Marco Gutierrez (D) also said that while race is a “big deal,” it does not define a person.
“It is an individual thing.
It is a social thing.
But that doesn’t define who you are,” Gutierrez said.”
This is a country of many different races and religions.
And some people look at the fact that a black person was killed by white police officers and they think, ‘I wish I was a white person,’ and I wish I could be a white officer,” Gutierrez added.
Former New Jersey Gov.
Chris Christie (R, N.J.) made headlines last year when he compared the shooting death of an unarmed African-American man in Louisiana to the killing of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old boy who was shot and wounded by a neighborhood watch volunteer.
Christie said Martin’s death was like Trayvon’s death, because the man was unarmed.
“That is a tragedy that should not happen,” Christie said.
Christies campaign manager, Matt McGrath, responded to the criticism of the former governor on Twitter.
“He has apologized for calling African-Americans ‘n*****’ and has no intention of apologizing for his racist rhetoric,” McGrath wrote.
“He continues to claim that he does nothing to help racial equality.
But when his campaign is