In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Ferguson activist DeRay McKesson clashed with the CNN host over condemning Baltimore protesters of the violence that struck out on Monday.
McKesson, who is well-known for his heroic efforts during the Ferguson protest, demanded Blitzer to acknowledge the violence from authorities that triggered the riot- even after the CNN host mentioned at least 15 injured police officers, over 200 arrests, and a list of damages incurred over the past 24 hours. Blitzer asks McKesson,”There’s no excuse for that kind of violence right?” The Ferguson activists immediately countered with:
Yeah, and there’s no excuse for the seven people the Baltimore City Police Department has killed in the past year either, right?
“We are not making comparisons, obviously,” Blitzer rebutted; he quickly changes to subject to mention the peaceful ways Martin Luther King Jr. conducted a protest despite being arrested multiple times by law enforcement.
McKesson then backtracks-telling Blitzer that he is indeed making a comparison.
You are suggesting this idea that broken windows are worse than broken spines, right?…Freddie Gray will never be back. Those windows will.
Ignoring his response, Blitzer continues to convince McKesson of condemning the violent protesters. McKesson strongly stands by his beliefs, and refuses to give Blitzer the response he is looking for. McKesson continued:
The violence that the police have been inflicting on communities of color has been sustained and deep … I think that the unrest, the uprising, whatever you call it is, again, a cry for justice here and a cry for justice across the country because the police continue to terrorize people — and the terrorizing is actually deadly,
Watch the two battle it out via YouTube, below:[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyYdKD0af78&w=560&h=315]
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