A weekend would not be complete without MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry advancing divisive views on race, and Saturday was no exception when a panel celebrated Missouri protesters’ efforts to disrupt “white people” in their “safe havens.”
“I love that this is an enduring movement, that it’s actually turning into something,” Harris-Perry said of the ongoing protests in Ferguson. “On the other hand, it is 60 days. No indictment, no arrest. Is justice delayed fundamentally justice denied?”
It’s hard to miss that her view of justice in the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown seems to involve one option: an indictment and arrest of the white police officer who shot Brown.
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Panelist Mychal Denzel Smith, a writer for “The Nation,” responded by saying justice would have to include “other demands,” such as “how we shift police culture” and “how the interaction between young black people and police go forward.”
“For me, the images of the baseball game and the [unintelligible], I think those are the things that are really for me the biggest images, because now we’re taking this and making people uncomfortable,” Smith said. “It’s meeting them where they are in their safe havens, particularly white people, and saying to them, ‘racism affects my life every day, now it’s going to affect yours.'”
Protesters clashed with fans Monday outside Busch Stadium before a National League playoff game featuring the hometown St. Louis Cardinals.
“And it’s going to disrupt your everyday, and we are going to make sure that you are so uncomfortable that you are forced to do something about it,” Smith added.
Smith knows a thing or two about interaction between young black people and police. According to Newsbusters, a Twitter account with his name posted a tweet Thursday that said, “F–. The. Police.”
Harris-Perry agreed that “forcing that conversation” was necessary, as did panelist Cora Daniels, who said conversations about race typically take place between people with the same mindset.
“We have to move beyond that moment and force people to engage in that conversation,” she said.
Odd how those who adamantly oppose force use the term so freely.
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