MSNBC’s Zerlina Maxwell thinks that protesters became motivated to reopen the economy after discovering the virus hits minorities disproportionately.
Here’s the video:
Sharpton: “The impact on blacks disproportionately — the impact on the virus in terms of those that have been found positive — those that have died have been disproportionately on blacks and people of color — and you contrast that with what Errin is saying was going on in Georgia and other places with armed people marching on statehouses like in Lansing, Michigan. All white — I didn’t see any blacks. If there were, there were only one or two in the crowd. What are we looking at here, Zerlina? In the middle of a pandemic — in the middle of a national emergency, why all of this racial contrast?”
Maxwell: “One of the things I think is so, so interesting is that as soon as the news media hit upon what Erin was talking about — the disproportionate impact on black and brown communities — you saw some white Americans say, ‘Well, now it’s time to open the economy’ as if the deaths of black and brown people wasn’t enough to stay at home. It wasn’t enough of a reason for them to stay at home and keep everyone safe as if we’re not as valued, which is the core of the Black Lives Matter movement ultimately, right? It’s treating every single life as valuable and equally valuable. And I think it is so interesting for folks to go and protest to reopen the economy. If you lost your job — let’s be clear — you can go and get a job. There are jobs at grocery stores and jobs in these essential professions where people are going out and risking their lives to ensure that people can put food on the table, that people can go to the hospital and get all of their needs met. If you need a job, you can go get one. I think part of the problem is that those people want to reopen the economy without even giving one ounce of consideration to the workers which allow this economy to run, and that is a really big disconnect between what the protesters are talking about and what’s actually happening. When America gets COVID, black America is dying, Rev.”
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