On Fox News Primetime Tuesday night, guest Kmele Foster talked with host Ben Domenech about the media's representing the Chauvin trial as one being solely about race and racism.
"In terms of the national response to this, the real quandary I have is for most Americans when they look at this case and when they think about the facts of this case, it isn't obvious to me which facts make it clear... that this is a case that was about race," states Foster.
Foster continues by pointing out the possibility of a bad police encounter by people of all races, and says that what we should be focusing on is preventing bad encounters.
"It is entirely possible for people of all races and backgrounds to have bad outcomes in interactions with law enforcement... most police interactions they go, they happen and you're safe and you get home okay. But when things do go bad that is important. The real question is what do we do to prevent that," Foster said.
Foster pointed out that people invested in this movement are more interested in punishment than having the serious conversations on reform that need to take place.
"At the moment people seem very interested in retribution. It isn't obvious to me that we're having serious conversations about reform, and most of the conversations about racism, quite frankly I think are people taking their eye off of the ball," he said.
Domenech noted that the media was deeply entrenched in the race lens, and that spread the "racial rage" seen across the United States in recent memory.
"This story has been reflected through our media environment entirely through the lens of race, where Derek Chauvin is essentially a stand in for every white American, George Floyd a stand in for every black American. To me thats something that is designed to foment racial rage, outrage, and to really spread the kind of toxic environment that we've seen in recent years," Domenech said.
"What can be done to push back against that type of narrative, given that the dominant force that the media has given this story through that lens?" asks Domenech.
"I think what needs to happen is people try and speak honestly about these cases, take these cases as individual events rather than linking them all together and insisting that George Floyd is Breonna Taylor is Jacob Blake is Daunte Wright is Adam Toledo," said Foster.
"These are all distinct circumstances with very unique case evidentiary elements and they need to be investigated and adjudicated on that basis not linked together and turned into this patchwork of racial justice, a very clear and self evident narrative of the state persecuting black people when in fact that's just not what's going on here."
Foster pointed to the recent case with Adam Toledo. Toledo was shot in Chicago after police responded to the area for reports of 8 gunshots fired. The officer responding shot Toledo after he reportedly drew a gun.
"I think with the Adam Toledo case, take the most recent example, you have a 13-year-old kid who is shot in an interaction with law enforcement. Under any circumstance this is important and worth taking into consideration," said Foster.
"The question is should we be focusing narrowly on the last minute of his life, when in fact a police officer makes a split second decision , and I mean split second, to fire their weapon. Or should we be talking about why a 13-year-old is on the street at two o'clock in the morning."
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