On PowerTalk with Lorraine Jacques-White we had two dynamic individuals Former Mayor Bill Campbell and Dr. R.L. White stop by the studio to join the controversial conversation on Blacks in American their opinions views and perspective on how blacks are viewed in today’s society. Will America’s Fear of Blacks Men Ever Go Away; and Why Black Men Don’t Trust The Police.
Powerful topic that got our audience and guest undivided attention was the devastating act of Ferrell, a 24-year-old former Florida A&M football player, who crashed his car early Saturday morning. After climbing out, he ran to a nearby home for help. The resident, a woman waiting for her husband, opened the door and—realizing it wasn’t him—closed it. She then called 911 to report a man trying to break into her home. Three officers arrived and found Ferrell about a block from the house. During the encounter, according to the police report, Ferrell ran toward them and at least one opened fire, killing him.
This devastating act from the police was unnecessary and injustice. Charlotte, North Carolina, Jonathan Ferrell was shot to death by law enforcement while looking for help after a car accident. Another month, another unarmed African American man killed by police, we can’t pretend that race had nothing to do with it, stated Jamelle Bouie. Now, it’s tempting to say race has nothing to do with this—that it was a tragic accident, borne of fear and misunderstanding. After all, there’s no evidence of intentional bias; just a young man in the wrong place, at the wrong time.
For Americans, race has a strong pull on our sense of fear and our perceptions of aggression, a fact that has more to do with the legacy of slavery and our long history of racial demonization than it does any particular set of crime statistics. And in particular, according to a range of surveys and implicit association tests—which measure unconscious bias by flashing faces and soliciting responses—white Americans are more afraid of black men than any other group in the country.
Our PowerTalk audience and guest had their share of opinions.
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