Trump rally comes against backdrop of racial protests

"Movement for Black Lives" organizer Thenjiwe McHarris discusses Trump's rally amid nationwide protests and "Black Wall Street" author Hannibal Johnson gives insight on the 1921 Tulsa race massacre.
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President ripping there on his appearance at the graduation ceremonies at the military academy US military academy at West Point. Want to point out one thing the president has said it will make headlines when he was ripping about the corona virus pandemic in this country. Is a quote I said to my people slow the testing down. The president doesn't want testing because he raises the numbers in the country makes him look bad and he basically just said that that he instructed. The people managing the pandemic in the United States not to do as much testing if possible. The once again and 1 of the central story lines in this is is where the president is doing this in Tulsa Oklahoma. The day after June 18. This celebration of that. The final enslaved people who are learned about the emancipation proclamation that all slaves are free and that word to general order number three which was read to them in Galveston Texas. And it has been a special holiday in the black community now broader throughout the country. Present moving his. Rallied to tonight but still in Tulsa and I'd like to go to attend U in the terrorists who is. One of the founders of movement for black lives and one of the organizers of that organization. About this historical background. To the president's rally and to his campaign. I guess my question is. Do you think this moment that we are seeing in cities and towns Ross across the company's uprising. Changes the political dynamic that he is addressing right now that he's trying to address for the November elections. What will first thanks very thanks for having me. I I think it does. You know we are in a particular moment in history where we marked cute teen yesterday. Moment that in his street Wear out black people in this country we're not alerted at work three. Out based on emancipation proclamation went and alerted to years later and now we have the president thinks Tulsa Oklahoma. Little violent racial attacks are black people in our country. And living in a moment where black people are dying at an alarming numbers as a result of police violence and we have a precedent. President who's calling protesters. Who are fighting for justice who are fighting for freedom work I'd eat to protect lock eyes. Of their loved ones of their Stanley. Now we the president of the United States and his son and other and other officials IQ elected officials like him. Calling protesters knocked Colin protesters animals when we are. Across the country fighting for justice. I need for an end to the cleats and violence when he entered endless attack are black life. What we see happy across the country. It just black people across the country rising up what we see you won't write racial. Uprising what he sees people are all walks of I think every corner of the country also around the world staying stopped killing black people. Stop police but I. The hat a black. And are looking at Donald Trump. Anti Christ himself but he didn't response of the corona virus they see a man who is responsible for the more than a hundred hourly acts. Across the country because that is inaction. Because he did not her responsibility. This at this country and wipe out our. Thousands of deaths and you people across the country or any press is not to Y me. He is responsible for that so many hats but it's co worker who leads aren't so many attempts saying no more you Collins what are free brought what we want as. We will no longer. Are people. And we want an end to police violent and we also want to protect our our communities. And that is something that is being heard a loud and clear across the country that you edges want to ask you. Yeah that the president has come down strong both in terms of encouraging. Very strong law and order response to the protests and it is rhetoric and as well as his son Eric trump tonight called protesters animals that protestors for racial justice animals. Tonight. And I just want to ask you about what has struck me the polls. Show. Overwhelming. Majorities of Americans. Have chosen to support the protesters then that would include people probably disagree with many of their aims. 7075%. Polls show support. These protests and what do you do that come as a surprise to you. What does it mean for our country. It does it come out as a surprise. When it what it what it sense to me in so many of us. That people are understanding. And it waking up to just the amount. Suffering or black people have had under go in this country. They are breaking out in their opening their eyes to what we've been saying when it comes at least it's. And what we see happening across the country is people two and ask industry. And sold for everyone who she is speech right now. He's calling children he's calling Neil remembers he's calling your neighbors. He animals. Dunks he is and won't do me a police force across the country to shoot to attack. Harm. People that you know people you needing care about. He is pushing this country burger and earned them into sex. Islands. And we have seen now stand together across this country. And say not just in to police violence doesn't end the systemic racism when it into all that trunk across the country. A call for resignation of Donald Trump but also call that people might trop that hold elected offices across the country. Who could crop lives at risk should not. Be in positions of power they are threats art lies they are threats are only and are desperate to every single person living in this country. Can injury Mick Harris that is that. Political goal can be achieved certainly at the ballot box. But is beginning on the streets of our country. Thank you very much for your perspective and and your insight there appreciate that. Course president you can see is it is addressing thousands supporters who believe me the other way that that he is. There version of America the American they would like to see but. Once again Tulsa let's talk tell us we've we've talked about a little bit at 1921. Race massacre and I'd like to go to Hannibal Johnson who. Has studied this written about a book black Wall Street. And stand taken a look at race in Tulsa. The background to the president's. Address tonight. Animal Johnson how does it figure into Telesis history. Well good evening Terry. We in Tulsa are that the site. The worst. The so called race right to twentieth century. American history does sociologist. Historians often refer to their our twentieth century as the nadir of race relations in America a low point of race relations in America. And Tulsa really is emblematic of that period. We had a thriving black business community here entrepreneurs. Professionals. It's a proliferation all manner of small businesses. That was destroyed. In 1921. Y a TV white mob came literally across the Frisco tracks. Into the prosperous Greenwood district known as black Wall Street. Burning looting and shooting and destroying everything inside. So it's who's a remarkable. Tragedy but bell this community. In 1921. Supported in part by some of the leadership of the community at the top. And so. President trump then or are arriving and and vice president parents as well we heard from our markets more. That some of the black lives matter protesters in Greenwood in that historic site. Really didn't want vice president parents to come there was some talk that he might make an appearance there to recognize that history. And yet the protesters. Didn't want him there. Representing this president. It does that. What does that mean to you that the people in the streets today are still living that history to such an extent that they would oppose the vice president visiting. Concern is that Jay human this. Visit the seriousness of the visit whether there really is illegitimate desire to lower about the history. And worked for reconciliation. With spent a lot of time in this community over the last twenty odd years. Really trying to move the needle toward a reconciliation. That it involves acknowledgment. Back into the William we we understand that this is our history we have two. Put it in the curriculum. Apologies. We have we have police chiefs are former police chief chuck Jordan made a public apology several years gone half the police department. But the police are dereliction of duty it connects with the nineties when Oracle's race massacre and atonement what do we do to make commands. For this historical racial trauma. So. What do we have somebody in the leadership who comes. In our sort of disruptive way. And spouts rhetoric that that really is divisive. And antithetical to the notion of reconciliation. People are lit concerned about it and legitimately is. And and I think that is that is what a lot of people are feeling this is a moment when the countries taking a look at that history in our history. More broadly productively counter productively in a clash of ideas but seriously and and appreciate. Your input on that Hannibal Johnson author of the book black Wall Street on this history let's go back to present he's been ripping still on. Pond his appearance at West Point he had trouble walking down a ramp he's been off on that for awhile and people American by the way drinks water with one hand. Has defending himself from what he feels are caricatures.

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