Saturday, December 06, 2014

NY City Mayor de Blasio says US in profound crisis from centuries of racism, he's had to train his biracial son to expect abuse by police

12/4/14, "New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio's Personal Reaction to Eric Garner Case," ABC News, Dan Good via Good Morning America

"The death of Eric Garner left a personal impression on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. De Blasio, speaking at a news conference Wednesday after a grand jury’s decision not to indict officers in the July choke hold death of Garner, said the case made him think about his 17-year-old son, Dante, who is biracial

“A good young man, a law-abiding young man, who would never think to do anything wrong, and yet, because of a history that still hangs over us, the dangers he may face – we’ve had to literally train him, as families have all over this city for decades, in how to take special care in any encounter he has with the police officers who are there to protect him.”

De Blasio called the case a “national moment of grief, a national moment of pain.” 

“We’re not just dealing with a problem in 2014, we’re not dealing with years of racism leading up to it, or decades of racism – we are dealing with centuries of racism that have brought us to this day,” he said. That is how profound the crisis is. And that is how fundamental the task at hand is, to turn from that history and to make a change that is profound and lasting.”"...

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