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Chris is -- segment tonight our African Americans see the trade on Martin George Zimmerman situation in life in general.
-- -- in Los Angeles actor Lavar Burton are you following the trial closely mr.
I am following it not closely I don't I don't watch the trial daily.
I just get a daily update through my Twitter feed and and and other news sources any preconceived.
Opinions on it.
On the outcome of the trial on this situation -- -- we just heard the process he has heard one say that you know it disturbs him that the whole thing was in motion and an unarmed black man who.
To suffer soda and candy it's winds up dead.
I mean that -- those -- the kind of -- second cause you know angst if a verdict comes and that is an acquittal you know that.
That's part of the tragedy this case -- a young man unnecessarily lost his life no matter you know what the verdict says there's a young kid -- -- And did it really need to come to that it didn't.
They didn't need to come to it but now we have to see if the person.
Who shot -- -- -- in my system works is guilty of the if the system works but it's it's a more profound and -- to see that the system works it's more time and that is the man guilty of murder.
-- that's what he's charged well it now if he's acquitted.
View as an African American and intelligent guy.
If Zimmerman very comes -- not guilty by that your.
Do you know what your reaction is going to be.
I don't know.
I didn't know what -- reaction to the OJ verdict was going to be.
There about there have been many many what was your reaction innocent -- is acquitted.
I was really surprised I was I was I I did not see that coming did you think justice was done in the case.
Paved the path I have no idea of knowing OK so you -- you shouldn't Wear neutral on that and you we just surprised said he yet.
It was a very it was a very neat it was a very shocking moment I mean I think what will no matter what your expectations were.
The idea that bear that bit.
You've had seen the progression from the slow speed chase through all of the courtroom drama.
And and to have been up against those odds to say not guilty was a big super guy and the evidence was.
Overwhelming against Simpson and a civil trial pointed that out.
And so is it -- -- so.
You do right now don't know if Zimmerman is found not guilty and that doesn't mean he's innocent not guilty means that the state has not made its burden.
In proving that there was murder again.
This is the sophisticated thing than any real loss on a lot of people are -- You -- some provocative comments on on a news network about driving while being black driving home in plot.
And you said why is what I said provide well because I don't think white people understand.
I don't understand enemy when I'm -- -- I was pulled over by a black cop.
A few weeks ago.
And he obviously didn't like me -- gave me a nice big ticket.
Even though I had a pretty good excuse for what -- is doing but that was all right I was wrong I took the ticket.
But I I didn't feel -- that threat nor any way I picked up the vibe that he's not a big factor -- But I -- -- didn't feel what you on the other hand when you're pulled over.
Do you feel -- Between you -- -- bill is that -- I may well get to a very pleasant exchange with an officer.
Once he approaches the car the difference between when you get stopped and when I get stopped as I wanna make sure that that time between when the officer -- his car and -- mind.
That he is as relaxed as possible that the officers as relaxed as possible.
That the officer -- as relaxed as and why do you want to make sure he's relaxes that didn't even pop into my brain what popped into my brain was I'll explain why I did this and hill.
Understand it was and I want him to be relax but why do you want him to be relaxed.
Because I live in the country and in a culture where it can sometimes be dangerous to be a young black -- The statistics are overwhelming in terms of so many aspects of crime -- over representation and our our prison populations of young man.
Of color it's just it it is historically.
Dangerous to be a young black man and America.
That is -- -- would -- that I mean than it is for four you know or anyone did it doesn't -- about a race and I understand that.
There's a fact that reported crime not convicted -- Reported -- Still overwhelmingly tilts.
-- African American men.
Mitigate this that reported crime mostly by other African Americans -- -- overwhelmingly.
In the black young black man precincts does that mitigate anything.
I don't believe the government's I really don't you have to look at the culture in which.
-- it this bias is held.
And you have to look at the imagery of the culture and and and what the popular culture has turned out in terms of the representations.
Of of people of color but -- everything you have.
And the you know the United States of America is in the middle of a huge.
It's shift in terms of the makeup of its population racially.
And so whenever you have a majority population Brodeur is always going to set the rules and and it it -- and in our case.
Black people have traditionally habitually institutionally.
And -- -- -- I think it's a fact I want I -- than any other I have to run but I wanna talk about this again only to do a little research for me.
I think it's a fact that proportionally.
Young black men commit far more crimes than any other group in this country.
And I think that that's what he's driving all of this fear on both soft this right very good compensation.
We'll we'll pick it up talk again bill -- we will talk again but why does it.
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