In the wake of protests after decisions by two grand juries not to indict police officers in the deaths of two black men, Yahoo News Global Anchor Katie Couric leads a conversation about the relationship between law enforcement and the African American community. Couric acknowledges that African American feels unfairly harassed and targeted by white officers. To the contrary, white officers feel disrespected, threatened by, authority challenged by, and arrest resisted by black men.
Couric asked, “How can we diffuse these 2 factors that are coming together and creating these explosive and sometimes deadly situations?” The question was geared more to the black guests who felt as if “pressure” was being put on black people to come up with changes to prevent themselves from “deadly” or “violent” encounters with police officers. Furthermore, former New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly–who was a participant in the discussion–made the suggestion that black people are giving up trust in and acquiring a relationship with white officers. Of course his suggestion wasn’t appreciated.
Guest Franchesca Ramsey–actress, comedian, and blogger–vehemently expressed her frustration, asking Kelly “what are we [black people] supposed to do so that we can act like good negroes and not get killed?”
Watch the entire scene unfold at 45:25.
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