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Taking It To The Streets



When the government fails you, and the courts fail you and Republicans mock you, what else is left?

You take it to the streets.

African-Americans are three times more likely to be shot by a cop than whites. That’s the genesis of Black Lives Matters. But Republicans, bathing in their whiteness still speak of the movement as if their agenda is one of terror.

So let’s try on some facts.

Despite Trump’s racist narrative, nearly all Black Lives Matter protests are peaceful. According to a new report on political violence in the US, the vast majority of the thousands of Black Lives Matter protests this year have been peaceful, with more than 93% involving no serious harm to people or damage to property.

Yet cops keep gassing, intimidating and shooting unarmed protesters who are protesting getting gassed, intimated and shot.

Trump called Colin Kaepernick a son-of-a-bitch, all for taking a knee in protest of the deaths of young black men by police officers. He’s been called the Rosa Parks of the new civil rights movement. But unlike those times, racism and hate are openly supported by the Republican party and Trump in particular.

So maybe now, more than ever, we all belong in the streets.

Franklin is a 25 year veteran of talk radio, beginning his career in Washington DC during Clinton’s first term. He currently hosts the afternoon show at KGO radio, San Francisco. Chip is also an award-winning filmmaker, comedian, and scribe, garnering seven Edward R Murrow awards, including the National Murrow award for writing. He’s also won The New York Festival honors for his unconventional coverage of The Democratic and Republican conventions, as well as more than 30 AP awards for broadcasting. Chip has made numerous appearances on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and CNN.

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