Reflections on the 'Bloody Sunday' Anniversary

'This Week' roundtable remembers the seminal day in civil rights history.
2:16 | 03/08/15

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say an extraordinary week at the top of the program on the whole issue of race relations in the country. We saw that report on Ferguson. Donna Brazile, we saw the president's -- one of the most passionate speeches he's given in years yesterday in Selma. Yes, yes, George, I read that report. I read both reports. It was a snow day, so I had nothing else to do but to read. And let me tell you, the first report exonerating Darren Wilson, I mean, look, I understand that police officers, you know, are not held accountable in these circumstances, but when you read the -- Well, it's more than that donna. The report laid out in great detail what happened on the ground. George, it go, and I disagree with that report in large measures but I understand. I understood -- I read it and I respect the justice department decision, but when you read the 108-page report, especially the details where not just the e-mails, the e-mails that said just nasty, bitter racist things but the report that said that local officials were pressured to raise revenue. Police officers who are supposed to protect and uphold the law are being pressured to collect revenues from poor people criminalizing poverty. The report is awfully -- tells us we have a long way to go. That was so shocking, Nicolle Wallace, that when you read in the words of the report this is a collection agency from african-americans treating them more like customers who they needed money from rather than citizens. I was more shocked by Eric holder's own words when he questioned how such an alternative version of events to hands up, don't shoot could take hold and he warned us. He said we should take time trying to understand how that can happen and I reread your transcript of your remarkable interview with Darren Wilson yesterday and the fact that the justice department now stands behind the version he recounted only to you is -- justifies as much attention as what is inexcusable behavior from the police department. But I think Eric holder, the point of what he was saying there, part of the reason why an alternative narrative could take hold is because of the context in which this is a racist police department. That's the inescapable conclusion of what you read there and as bad as it is, it's not unique, not just in Ferguson. What we have learned in the last year, and if anybody didn't know this already, they were out to lunch, but there really are two systems of justice in America for black and white Americans and Ferguson may be the worst but it's true in New York City and it's true everywhere in the country. That's going to have to be the last word. Thank you very much. Great talk today.

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