Last June, CNN’s Jim Acosta got into a heated discussion with White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller over Trump’s support of an immigration policy which rewarded those who spoke English. Acosta remarked:
“It sounds like you’re trying to engineer the racial and ethnic flow of people into this country.”
Although the White House denied it at the time, Acosta nailed it.
Last Friday, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick remained seated as the national anthem played prior to a game, in protest of the bias against minorities within our criminal justice system.
While conservative pundits and even the GOP presidential candidate suggested Kaepernick should find a new country to call home, the twenty-eight year old’s decision is actually the most American one could make.
On June 17, 21 year-old Dylann Storm Roof entered the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, and committed the most violent racially motivated attack in the U.S. since the Civil Rights Movement. Using a .45 caliber handgun, the caucasian Roof killed nine and wounded a tenth. All of the victims were black.
“I believe this is a hate crime,” Police Chief Greg Mullen told reporters at a press conference the night of the shooting.
Fox News chose to report the massacre the following morning from a different perspective.
On Wednesday, a New York Grand Jury made the decision to not indict white police officer Daniel Pantaleo for the death of Eric Garner. Pantaleo’s use of an NYPD prohibited choke-hold resulted in the death of the unarmed African-American Garner in July.
On the same day, NYPD Police Chief Joanne Jaffe tweeted #Wehearyou, a new hashtag aimed at strengthening community and police relations.
They are clearly having difficulty with hearing the words “I can’t breathe.”