Given the racial tensions in Ferguson, MO following the kιlling of unarmed teen Michael Brown, one would think that news networks would reach out to African-Americans when discussing the topic. For most networks, this has been the case, but Fox News put together a segment on Ferguson that included no African-Americans and Rev. Jesse Jackson called out the network for the obvious exclusion, while appearing on Fox.
Meanwhile, Dr. Ben Carson, who was also a guest on the show, said anger issues were a bigger problem than racism.
During a Fox News Sunday segment on Brown’s deαth, Carson and Jackson debated what led to Brown’s deαth as well as the remedies for the protests in the city.
Fox News Host Chris Wallace asked Rev. Jackson why he called Brown’s deαth a “state execution.”
“I do know that he was shot unarmed, shot six times, and it’s a pattern,” Jackson explained. “Whether it was the kιlling of Trayvon Martin, the kιller walked away free. The killing of [Amadou Diallo] in New York, shοt 41 times, I believe, still walked away free. The Oscar Grant case in Oakland, the case of Rodney King in L.A.”
“At some point we need to have a sense of justice,” Jackson added. “All we do know about Mike Brown, he was shοt unarmed six times… Police act as judge, jury and executioner.”
Jackson also pointed out that there was a previous Fox panel which included no African-American points of view.
“I wish Dr. Carson and I were part of the white panel you just had,” Jackson shot back. “Carson and I, we come out of a body of experience different from your previous guests. Number two, it seems to be that when blacks kιll whites, which is rare, it’s swift justice. When whites kιll blacks, it’s rebellion. When it’s black on black, there’s a shrug of the shoulders.”
Dr. Ben Carson said many young men have no respect for authority, which leads to these sorts of incidents.
“You know, anger issues get in the way,” Carson argued. “And if you take race out of the issue altogether, and you take a group of young men, and you raise them with no respect for authority, not learning to take on personal responsibility, having easy access to drugs and alcohol, they’re very likely to end up as victim’s of viοlence and incarceration. It has nothing to do with race.”