CNN's Don Lemon Highlights The Media's Bias When Reporting On Black Victims And Criminal Records
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From the July 7 edition of CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin:
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CHARLES COLEMAN JR.: I think it's important to remember because oftentimes what we have happen is we have human beings that are turned into hashtags overnight, and this really brought it home, as you said because what so many people don't realize is that these are fathers, these are brothers, these are sons. Alton Sterling was the father of five people. There was a baby in the car in Minnesota. Eric Garner was a father. We oftentimes don't realize the extent of broken lives that are affected by violence against innocent citizens because --I want to be clear about something -- people may say, well, there was weed in the car or Alton Sterling was on probation, and he shouldn't have had a gun. But at the time that these encounters happened with law enforcement, these are innocent people.
DON LEMON (HOST): There are no perfect victims. I'm not perfect, you're not perfect. No one in this room is perfect. Everyone has indiscretions, transgressions.
Everyone has things that they maybe are not so proud of. Most people have gotten into a car, maybe had a little bit too much to drink. And weed, come on, what is weed now? And then you end up talking about the victim's record, which is what I brought up last night in Baton Rouge, and I brought it up for a reason, because no one is perfect. Everyone has an issue. And all we have to look to is in New York City, recently -- I don't know if you saw this -- all of the kids who were arrested for the cocaine bust at the Duane Reade, all of them very wealthy white kids, or whatever, but they don't pull out their criminal records or talk about their histories. But we do in these cases. These are human beings.