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SANTA FE – A Rio Rancho clergyman and civil rights leader faults Gov. Susana Martinez for not speaking out after the recent murders in a South Carolina church, a criticism her spokesman labeled “ridiculous.”
The Rev. Charles Becknell, president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of New Mexico, says the governor’s lack of public comment underscores what he views as the Republican governor’s frayed relationship with the state’s African-American community.
The nine South Carolina victims – including the pastor, who was also a state senator – were gunned down in Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston last month, allegedly by a 21-year-old white man who had joined them at a Bible study class.