LZ Granderson: Black Lives Matter 'Got White People to Pay Attention'

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Transcript for LZ Granderson: Black Lives Matter 'Got White People to Pay Attention'
The powerhouse roundtable is back with me now. This has been the year of the activist or the year of the movement. Whether it's trump or Bernie sanders or the prom innocent group black lives matter. Lz, what is your sense on the impact that black lives matter has had and where are they going? I'm glad you went to the black person first, it's very important to do that. Here's the thing -- the important thing about black lives matter is it got white people to pay attention. What I mean by that is, you have all known that racism was still out there in theory. Now you have video to Se eit operating in practice. What I saw in Ferguson versus Staten island with Eric grand, and over the last few weeks in Chicago with laquan McDonald, when you have something on video it becomes more undeniable. And black lives matter has helped position through social media these images for wider America. This has been happening to us for decades and I'm glad to see in 2015, into 2016, more people having these conversation. And lz, really good point. There's been movements throughout American history. They pop up. But I think what's been added is a change in technology, allowing anybody to record anything at any time, and so no longer can police cover for each other or courts cover for each other. It's basically a confrontation now that a movement uses to express what they want changed. Bill? Look, I think if the message of black lives matter -- many more african-americans are killed by routine crime and unfortunately police -- tough policing has saved a lot of black lives over the last 20 years. Rudy Giuliani and Mike Bloomberg and Bratton and ray Kelly have dropped the murder rate in new York from 2,000 a year to 200 a year and many of those victims were black. The effect in the role world of black lives matters is lessen tough policing that will be bad for blacks. Race relations will continue to be a big issue in the election and the campaign. Part of the reason is not just the continued use of the technology. But consider Baltimore, I covered those riots in Baltimore, you have five more cases. They're spread out. The tension in that city hasn't been addressed. You can see that boil over once again. Very quick, last word. I have to say, always going back to black on black crime pretty much what you're saying, it's the fact of white people do when they want to face reality. The fact of the matter is, is that no one in the black community are saying police are the sole problem. Part of the problem that's beenic mothered. When we get back, I'll

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