Samuel Bahuma and Claude Bongambe have much in common.
Both are Congolese natives and refugees, meaning war and death were once a regular part of their lives. They’re both running for the New Hampshire House next month.
And both lean hard right, believing that the Black Lives Matter movement ignores a huge swath of American society. In fact, these two Black men say, BLM is a baseless entity. It’s fake news.
“All lives matter,” Bongambe told me by phone Friday. “Everyone has bad sides and good sides.”
“Why just Black people?” Bahuma asked. “Why not all people?”
Because, BLM supporters say, Black people are victims of a racist society. And that includes a nationwide police community that, all too often, has been seen – caught, really – on video killing or injuring unarmed Black people.
Bahuma and Bongambe are unique individuals, part of a counter-movement to the prevailing narrative that’s sweeping the country. The one that says racism is real and has been…