Yesterday, Sunday, December 7, on Sunday morning news show, FACE THE NATION, CNN Host/Contributor SOLEDAD O'BRIEN tried to explain to CBS Host BOB SCHIEFFER that the PROTESTS Over LAW ENFORCEMENT CRIMINALIZING BLACK COMMUNITIES Are About MUCH MORE Than The RECENT FERGUSON, MO, and NEW YORK DEATHS Of MICHAEL BROWN Jr. and ERIC GARNER.
RAW STORY reports SOLEDAD O'BRIEN said;
“Anybody who thinks that what is happening right now [with the protests across the country] is only about Eric Garner, is only about Michael Brown is really missing what is happening in black America. African-Americans feel that they are treated differently in the criminal justice system, they are treated differently under the law. There is this aggressive targeting of black people.. That doesn’t happen in white communities, and it’s that that is really percolating up now.”BOB SCHIEFFER then asked;
“Do anger over so many years you think that’s a valid feeling, that they are being treated differently?”
O’Brien encouraged the CBS host to “look at the statistics.”
SOLEDAD O'BRIEN is the executive producer of the CNN series, BLACK IN AMERICA, and in her newest installment, SOLEDAD OBRIEN: BLACK IN AMERICA - BLACK & BLUE, she found that 90 percent of the 5 million stop-and-frisk stops in NEW YORK CITY never resulted in arrests.
“Those people had done nothing. So 90 percent of the blacks and Latinos that were stopped in stop-and-frisks in New York City didn’t do anything. Imagine what that does psychically to a culture if you ‘fit the description,’ which means you’re black, male, 19 to 25.”
BOB SHIEFFER, however, wondered if the stop-and-frisks were justified because blacks lived in “high-crime areas.”
“I think the challenge is that it’s not being applied proportionally. For example, if you are arresting and stopping people where many of them haven’t done anything, you create a culture in that community — even a high-crime community — where people feel like they are being criminalized, even those — as we saw in our documentary — who haven’t done anything.”
She recalled that one man said that he had been stopped more than 100 times.
SOLEDAD concluded with examples from her research of disparities between WHITE and BLACK FAMILIES;
“At some point, I think it becomes very damaging to these individuals, but also to a community that understands this is unfair.. White people would say to me, ‘Well, I tell my children they should be respectful of police.’ And black people would say, ‘I teach my son how to survive an interaction with the police,’ regardless of socio-economic status. That is problematic, and that, I think, is at the core of all these marches and anger that we’ve seen.”