CNN Anchor Cries On Air, Whines About Her White "Privilege"
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CNN host Brooke Baldwin appeared to have a breakdown on Thursday as she started crying about the death of George Floyd while relating the situation to her "privilege" as a "white woman." Baldwin was joined by Minneapolis City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins.
“There are so many emotions,” Baldwin started.
“As I’m sitting here listening to you, I’m having my own — I’m surprised at my own emotions on TV with you,” she added. “But I just, as a white woman, aware of my own privilege in this country, I am so angry, and I can’t even begin…”
“Forgive me,” Baldwin said as she started crying.
“It’s a human emotion, Brooke,” Jenkins replied, “and I think what is so — what sparked so much outrage is there seemed to be no regard for humanity or human life in the video we all witnessed.”
The CNN host continued by talking about her "white privilege" as she asked Jenkins what white people should do.
“I’m getting a lot of incoming messages from white viewers who are enraged, who don’t know what to do with their emotion,” said Baldwin. “You call racism a ‘disease’, what do you want to tell white America, not just to listen, but to act?”
“I wish I had all the smart answers to provide to white people,” said Jenkins, “A, stop killing us, B, give black people opportunities to live full healthy lives.”
Jenkins continued by calling on “white America” “to stop perpetuating the system of racism."
Jenkins later added that the only way to stop the rioting in Minneapolis would be to arrest the officer responsible for Floyd's death.
“Today is a sad day for Minneapolis, it’s a sad day for America, it’s a sad day for the world,” Jenkins said on Thursday afternoon.
“I want to remind all the people that are in the streets that are protesting: you have every absolute right to be angry, to be upset, to be mad, to express your anger,” she added. “However, you have no right to perpetrate violence and harm on the very communities that you say that you are standing up for.”
“We need peace and calm in our streets, and I am begging you for that calm,” Jenkins continued.
President Donald Trump is also taking action. On Wednesday, he announced that he directed the FBI and Department of Justice to expedite their investigation into Floyd's death.
“At my request, the FBI and the Department of Justice are already well into an investigation as to the very sad and tragic death in Minnesota of George Floyd,” President Trump wrote on Twitter. “I have asked for this investigation to be expedited and greatly appreciate all of the work done by local law enforcement. My heart goes out to George’s family and friends. Justice will be served!”
Floyd, a 46-year old black man, was wrongfully killed after he was suffocated to death by a Minneapolis police officer.
Check out what the New York Times reported:
George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man, died on Monday after being handcuffed and pinned to the ground by a police officer’s knee, in an incident that was recorded on video and that incited large protests in Minneapolis.
The explosive footage, recorded by a bystander and shared widely on social media early Tuesday, led to community outrage, an F.B.I. civil rights investigation and the firing of the officer and three colleagues who were also at the scene.
On Wednesday, the Minneapolis Police Department identified the fired officers as Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng.
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