Taking It To The Streets

October 19th, 2020

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.

Chip Franklin

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. … read more
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