NewsOne Now Black And Blue America: The Race Crisis Audio Podcast
In the wake of the Alton Sterling, Philando Castile police shootings and the deadly sniper attack that killed five Dallas police officers, the nation has been experiencing a great level of angst, outrage and sorrow.
In a special two-hour edition of TV One’s NewsOne Now, Roland Martin and a select panel of guests discussed the dichotomy of race, how to improve community police relationships, America’s awakening to ongoing nightmare of racism and police brutality and what we as a nation can do to bridge the gap between opposing sides of America.
In recent days we have seen protests against the killings of Sterling and Castile erupt across America renewing the demand for police accountability and for an end to the what some call the “state sanctioned” murder of African Americans.
Days after a sniper attack claimed the lives of five officers many right winged conservative voices are blaming the Black Lives Matter movement for playing a role in the radicalizations of Miach Johnson. All while there is a section of America that is waking up to the reality of race in America as a result of Black bodies piling up in our streets and their murders being broadcast all over our televisions as well as smartphones.
Watch portions of the NewsOne Now Special: Black and Blue America: The Racial Crisis in the video clips above and below. If you missed today’s show, watch a rebroadcast of the two-hour special at midnight, 12AM ET on TV One.
Conservative Voices Blame BLM For Dallas Sniper Attack
In the wake of the Dallas Police Shooting some conservatives are blaming Black Lives Matter for violence against police, but they’ve got it all wrong. The parents of Micah Johnson speak out about the actions of their son and say military life changed him.
Black Dallas ER Doctor Shares His Pain & Fear Of Law Enforcement
Dr. Brian Williams, an emergency room surgeon who attended to many of the police officers critically and fatally wounded by Micah Johnson during a protest in Dallas last week, recently spoke out during a press conference about his experiences on that fateful night.
Surprisingly, Dr. Williams expressed a sentiment that many Americans did not expect to hear coming from an African-American physician.
Williams told reporters, “I stand with the Dallas Police Department, I stand with law enforcement all over this country…I understand the anger and the frustration and distrust of law enforcement, but they are not the problem. The problem is the lack of open discussions about the impact of race relations in this country.”
Dr. Williams also addressed his reality of being a Black man in America and said, “I want the Dallas police officers to see me, a Black man, and understand that I support you, I will defend you, and I will care for you. That doesn’t mean that I do not fear you.”
Officer Tommy Norman Exemplifies The True Meaning Of Community Policing
The African-American community and local police have historically had a tenuous relationship, rife with animosity. In recent years, the nation has begun to see the inherent distrust spill over onto our streets in the form of police violence and protests against officers’ use of excessive force.
When talking about community policing, the question arises: how do we bridge the gap between law enforcement and communities of color in an attempt to build a better working relationship between citizens and those sworn to protect them?
During Tuesday’s special edition of NewsOne Now, Roland Martin spoke with North Little Rock, Alabama, police officer Tommy Norman about his unique approach to community policing and what officers around the nation should do to ultimately ease tensions between cops and African-Americans.
Is White America Ready To Acknowledge The Impact Of Racism & Police Brutality?
Over the past week, the nation witnessed first-hand what many African-Americans have already experienced as a result of systemic racism and police brutality.
Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were killed by law enforcement officers while in the midst of what most Americans would consider routine non-threatening activities.
Castile was shot multiple times during a traffic stop while reaching for his wallet, and Sterling was shot while selling CDs near a convenience store. Though we have not heard official testimony from the officers involved in these shootings and they have yet to be tried in a court of law for their actions, more White Americans seem to be waking up to the fact that African-Americans are more susceptible to being gunned down by cops.
On Tuesday’s special edition of NewsOne Now, titled Black and Blue America: The Race Crisis, Roland Martin spoke with Tim Wise, an anti-racism activist and writer, about America finally realizing the Black experience in America is marred by prejudicial judgment on many levels, especially when law enforcement is involved.
Should President Barack Obama Travel To Baton Rouge And Minnesota?
As the nation grapples with the senseless police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, should the nation’s first Black president travel to Baton Rouge and Minnesota to address the murders as he has traveled to other parts of the country to console the brokenhearted?
Black Forgiveness: Can We Forgive The Dallas Sniper Just As We Forgave The Charleston Shooter?
Is there a double standard when it comes to forgiveness? Why aren’t we seeing the same conversation about forgiveness in the wake of the Dallas Police Shooting as we did after the Charleston Shooting? Activist/Journalist Shaun King joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to discuss the the “peculiar demand” for African Americans to rush through their grief.
Roland Martin: We Require Folks To Fully Respect African Americans As 100 Percent Fully Free
During Tuesday’s two-hour special edition of NewsOne Now, Roland Martin told viewers and the nation, “we require folks to fully respect African Americans as 100 percent fully free.”
The host of NewsOne Now also made mention of how uncomfortable a discussion dealing with race can be for many Americans and said, “We will not stop speaking, we will not stop putting the pressure on and if you are afraid of accountability — well then tough luck.”
We understand that Black lives do matter and we don’t have to ad “too” on the end of it to make you feel more comfortable.
All that and more in this special edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast