CNN’s Wolf Blitzer got schooled by community organizer DeRay McKesson on Tuesday, after Blitzer brought McKesson on the show to try and get him to admit the Baltimore riots were “wrong” and unprecedented.
As John Stewart said, these are hardly unprecedented. We were just covering riots like this not even a half-year ago.
McKesson wouldn’t cooperate with Blitzer, though; even after Blitzer cited the “15 injured police officers, 200 arrests and 44 vehicles set on fire,” before referencing Martin Luther King Jr. He asked Blitzer to consider that, “Freddy Grey will never be back and those windows will be.”
Blitzer continued to press the issue, asking, “There’s no excuse for that kind of violence, right?”
“Yeah, and there’s no excuse for the seven people the Baltimore City Police Department has killed in the past year either, right?” McKesson fired back.
“We’re not making comparisons,” Blitzer said. “Obviously we don’t want anyone hurt. I just want to hear to hear you say there should be peaceful protests, not violent protests.”
McKesson pointed out that Blitzer was making a comparison, deny it as he might:
“I don’t have to condone it to understand it, right? The pain that people feel is real. And you are making a comparison. You are suggesting this idea that broken windows are worse than broken spines, right? And what we know to be true is that the police are killing people everywhere. They’re killing people here.”
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[h/t and photo credit Salon]