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Angela Rye: We Can't Allow Police To Shoot And Kill Because They Have An Irrational Fear Of A Black Person

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Sunday on ABC's "This Week" roundtable, CNN and NPR commentator Angela Rye discussed how "systemic racism" means the policing system needs to be addressed at its core.

"It is not fair for us to allow for a police officer to shoot and kill because they have an irrational fear of a black person or a person of color," she said. "That's something that has to be addressed at the systemic level."


ANGELA RYE: Well, we're talking about, for example, with the Columbus Police Department, 30 black people killed in the last five years. Systemic racism isn't something that you get to cherry pick and decide when you want to apply it. It means the system at its core is rotten. It means that it has to be re-imagined and revisited as Karen Bass talked about earlier in the show who also is a champion and a hero on this issue of having the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act passed the House twice.

What is incumbent upon, I think especially people who are perpetuators of said system is to understand that it's not just my experience. It's not just me being emotional. There is literally trauma that I carry in my body.

I encourage you all to read a book called "My Grandmother's Hands" by Resmaa Menakem who talks about how we carry trauma in our bodies. White body supremacy, black body trauma, and police body trauma.

It is not fair for us to allow for a police officer to shoot and kill because they have an irrational fear of a black person or a person of color. That's something that has to be addressed at the systemic level.
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