059 HOT TOPIC: “Eric Garner, the Police and #CrimingWhileWhite”

Shock. Sadness. Rage. Today on BOLD, we tackle the country’s hottest topic: the death of Eric Garner, a black Staten Islander in the choke hold of Daniel Pantaleo, a white NYC police officer. It was the video that shocked the world–and now a grand jury has decided not to indict the officer.

“I’m in a daze,” says Greg Simms Jr, a leading pop-culture blogger. “We’re fresh off of Ferguson. Now this. Eric Garner was murdered.” Simma Lieberman, one of America’s top diversity consultants, adds: “It’s open season on unarmed black men. The level of fear and hysteria has reached new heights.” In this raw and topical conversation, the roundtable discusses:

• #CrimingWhileWhite, the social media phenomenon that serves as a confessional booth for whites who’ve eluded arrest

• President Obama’s proposal to equip police officers with body cameras

• Police training and the growing demonization of black males

“We’re not cop bashing,” LeGrande says, “but what is it going to take for change?” Simm’s website is www.simmalieberman.com. Greg’s blogs can be found at www.goodmenproject.com. Join the conversation at www.getboldtoday.com.

Check out this episode!

Posted on December 4, 2014 in Episodes

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  2. Dio Thomas
    December 18, 2014 at 11:27 am ·

    “Blowing up consciousness?” Well, maybe a wake up call. Does no one remember Emmett Till? The characterization of an “open season” is just odd. It has ever been thus. Many are outraged by the #questionablekilling of Martin, Rice, Brown, Gardner and untold numbers more. But it was saddening to listen to this entire show and hear all the outrage but nothing at all offered in the way of solutions beyond protest. The empathetic diversity consultant who was in the business for 30 years or something like that said nothing from the diversity world that would even hint at a remedy. “The level of fear and demonization and hysteria has reached such new heights that it’s time that we need to do some work to start bringing it down…just condemning people for racism who are ignorant, we’re not going to make any changes…” In your upcoming discussions on this, it would be beneficial to start with the assumption that what’s been done (or not done) over the past 30 years — including the diversity programs everywhere — has failed to end the Emmett Till syndrome, perpetuated desensitization, and both facilitates and empowers #questionablekilling by police. You all need to look for something different…because what’s been done certainly hasn’t worked, and all your guests have admitted as much.

  3. Russell)
    December 5, 2014 at 12:51 am ·

    Wonderful. Thanks.

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