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-- let's bring enough -- he's contributed to move green now on this Jim -- The attorney general has every right to suggest that -- those goals should be looked at.
-- talking to the NAACP.
Obviously something that's that that's an audience that would probably in the wake of the Trayvon Martin.
Shooting won't say he has something like that.
But do you think he seriously.
Thinks and wants to tackle those standard -- I think he does I think if you look at the options that.
He is considering right now.
-- where there are millions of people who signed petitions to have the Justice Department file federal charges against storms amendment.
Or focusing on you know really having a conversation about repealing -- stand your ground -- I think we're gonna see.
Attorney general really focus on the stand your ground as -- Johnson was saying -- -- what way does he go with that because really that is an issue for the states it is an issue for the states but clearly he has a platform in which -- -- Talk to constituencies.
-- the NAACP is not just a national organization -- -- very powerful you know in local areas.
And firstly I think have to look it.
How these laws got to where they are right first.
We we blame your folk.
Hug your previous folks because they -- -- like he's from the -- Lhasa where everything is comes from the castle doctrine you know a man's home is -- -- -- was brought over to the states you know from England.
But have been perverted by the National Rifle Association and Alec the American legislative exchange council.
And really getting getting them from.
-- a place of self defense being absolutely a valid.
Defense and statute that was in the books to pervert in them to their interests of got -- leading the NRA members who want to take -- -- it you know basically what could be a fist fight.
And then there's also the aspect of where there was feminist advocacy on this because you had.
Women who -- being abused by their husbands.
And when -- they fought back and killed their abusers than they were ending up in prison and so.
Yes that's that's it's not easy balancing it's it's not an easy balancing act but I think there's a way to adjust these laws were battered women are protected.
And to take out the perversion that the NRA has inserted and Alec has been very successful in moving through state legislator do you see.
Prospect that those states that have implemented these laws are going to even and to -- even a debate.
I think so I think public pressure is going to continue to be relentless.
And you know I am not knowing what this bipartisan commission looked at in Florida -- there is yes very specific statistic.
Evidence that shows in states that have stand your ground laws.
Who are killed by.
The white offenders.
Basically the increase in states that don't have standard down laws 250%.
Of the time.
Whites who kill African Americans go free when.
In states that have stand your ground -- 354%.
Of the time whites who kill African Americans go free.
There is something there that these states need to look at where is that racial bias that is inserted into the -- I believe it comes from.
The reality -- as human beings.
We have bias we receive millions of messages every minute.
And we only -- eleven of them consciously put our brains have to figure out a way to process all these images to process all this information.
And that's how bias occurs.
And because of our visual culture because of the media and the way this country represents certain constituencies.
We all have racial bias I say as a black woman I have racial bias suit against African Americans and so when you then couple that.
With a law -- stand your ground you're going to have more George Zimmerman whereas -- person who are to come in all come from.
How does not plan to -- you have those I have personal bias because I'm a human being in the same way in the same way that I have been that.
The rest of America has been socialized to.
-- black man -- and studies have been done when you take MRI is of people as they're showing images of different.
People whether it's a white woman or black woman -- white man in Europe and your brain reacts -- a specific -- -- an easy to react to that -- I'm telling you did.
Doctors scientists have studied the brains reactions to an image of a black man -- and we have to acknowledge that this is the world we live in.
So once you acknowledge and understand that you have that -- Then you can actually.
He had more control of how you act on bias I know my bias exists I know how -- that is the decisions I've made.
But when we disregard and and deny that this licenses.
Racial bias is not racism.
America has done such a good job of you know moving past racism in very significant ways.
And our hearts are in the right places.
But their brains tell us to do something different and make those acts to do something different and until we acknowledge that the success doing that because in the -- I can say that I mean that you did what Williams your fellow -- -- contribute wonderful guy.
Was essentially pushed out and then.
Mental image when he got on a plane any -- somebody in in Muslim -- he.
It's something clicked in his brain yum it's it's a brave thing to say and I -- I would say one particular.
I mean that's it's really I find that fascinating.
I think this problem is not just something -- you know in hearing what I'm saying people could.
-- leap to say we just think conservatives still this way and maybe folks on the left.
Some of our biggest problems actually come from folks on the left and and the more liberal types who you know probably make up -- Had that same reaction to any sort of acknowledgment of this is something that we can except if you don't acknowledge it.
Didn't that is how we have situations.
Like the shooting and death of -- on Martin who we have to come together on this I think the president's.
Could do a lot more.
To have this conversation he had a wonderful conversation during the 2008 campaign about race suit and has mostly for the most part.
An exit as it's time for him to step into this.
It's also tough for him because it it's not -- -- if you do damned if you don't isn't it he gets attacked from one side.
If he steps into this conversation as -- March 23 2012.
Just about a month -- -- the shooting which is that virtually six.
-- he stood at the White House was tossed to comment on it by we the media can't -- comment on it said if I had a son he would look like trademark.
-- he was pilloried at least from the right.
Forget for inserting himself into the national debate then.
And now you're saying it is -- so instead of -- more I mean like looking that's.
Leaders to I guess you residents the only way to -- -- you lead they're going to be people who disagree with you and people who attacked you but from the being a leader you you have to get past that.
And it can't just be in sound bites I I think that was a very compassionate statement he made but.
Look at what President Clinton did.
He -- he you know put together his White House initiative on race that was a long.
Term commitment to having a conversation about race looking at policies that affect.
And you know.
That racial bias affects certain communities in very specific ways and doing it.
Away from a trial away from some you know -- -- time when people -- they basically forced to choose sides.
That's not effective and so it's it's not about only commenting on the that you -- on Martin case in the heat of the case.
In the same.
We have an issue in this country.
We've come a long way on and we still have some work to do is -- let's talk about this you know a -- it is war based on common sense.
And more accepting.
Then when people are up in arms about a jury verdict to.
That's a fascinating discussion and you gonna be so but folksy stuff publicly my opinion today do this about the -- -- -- in the reaction and more so the opportunity Johnathan and this.
There are countless numbers of -- on -- -- their young boys who were being slaughtered on a daily basis.
And if America is finally paying attention and and finally saint.
We care about the loss of life for this one young black -- then let's organize and get them to focus on.
A murder epidemic -- -- or via communities what do we do about that says it really really concentrate on Martin's life.
Right it's a very very and pulled debate to happen.
I'm talking of that actually we just got -- bulletin coming across -- Chicago City Council has voted unanimously to toughen its existing ban on assault -- Chicago being one of those.
Cities where we are seeing a lot of a lot of young black.
And then that pain killing time at and that you know when it comes to tighten -- gun violence preventing them violence in -- -- Especially after mass shootings will we always jumped to the assault weapons.
Aspect of this.
But these boys are being murdered by handguns yet and that since I don't think I don't think.
Really -- all of the focus on assault weapons is is going to help curb the tide in the way that significantly needs to be all right to.
-- very difficult very emotional issues -- control.
I'm race debates we'll have -- again and again to agree great to see you thank you very much faster than talking to you.
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