CNN's Chris Cuomo launched into a long monolog on Saturday night, talking about the issue and police reform across the country. He felt that it would take "white kids" to "start getting killed" before any reform would happen.
Cuomo stated during the monolog, in part:
"How many more die of the pandemic, dying from police shootings? George Floyd, Daunte Wright, I wonder if you’ll remember their names, six months from today, because there’ll be replaced by so many others."
"You’re here, people. What are you going to do when you see these shootings? You know what you’re going to do. 'That George Floyd, did you hear about him? That Daunte Wright, did you hear about him? That 13-year-old Adam, you know he was a gangbanger.'"
Cuomo then went on into what he feels is the underlying causes of these problems, and why they have gone on for so long:
"Why do that? Because you want to make the problem 'Them,' takes the onus off the idea that you’re wrong about policing not needing to change. 'Forget that. Police are trained to deal with non-compliance, with force that is not lethal. Hey, comply or die, you know what I mean.'"
Cuomo doesn't go on to elaborate, unfortunately, on if police are trained to use non-lethal force, why they don't do it in all cases.
"And you know what the answer is. You really do. You don’t like it. I don’t like. It scares me. Shootings, gun laws, access to weapons? Oh, I know when they’ll change. Your kids start getting killed. White people’s kids, start getting killed. Smoking that doobie that’s actually legal, probably in your state now, but they don’t know what it was, and then the kid runs, and then 'Pop! Pop! Pop! Pop!' Cop was justified."
"See, now Black people start getting all guns, forming militias, protect themselves? 'Can’t trust Deep State!' Wooo-wooo! You’ll see a wave of change, in access and accountability. We saw it in the 60s. That’s when it changes, because that’s when it’s you."
We are not sure in the above paragraph if Cuomo is referring to racist white groups in the 60s like the KKK, or racist black groups like the Black Panthers.
And what do we do here? What do I do here? I get lost in the next, the next name, the next iteration. The “New,” in news, dominates, because you get bored. “I’ve heard enough. I’ve heard enough. I cared about George Floyd. It was wrong. But I’ve had it with the trial, it’s too long. Just let me know when they have a verdict.”
We pretend that we’re not just seeing the same lying, and lack of leading, and bleeding, and death, and pain, new names, new faces, new places. Same problems, you know it, I know it. I know that you know.