Booker: People ‘More Outraged’ by Kaepernick Protests Than Police Shooting
Sen. Cory Booker said on Tuesday that more people are “outraged” by Colin Kaepernick’s decision to protest the national anthem than the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by Tulsa, Okla. police.
“Right now on the internet you have another unarmed African-American who was murdered this week — or killed this week,” Booker said during a discussion of Buzzfeed Brews, according to the publication.
“From the video that I saw, even with the way he was being referred to, I mean there is this dehumanization going on on the audio, and people seem to be more outraged by an NFL player taking a knee than the murder or killing of an unarmed black man.”
The Hill reports:
Terence Crutcher was fatally shot by a police officer in Tulsa on Sept. 16. A video of the incident shows him with his hands in the air before he was shot. He was unarmed.
Kaepernick, a San Francisco 49ers quarterback, has refused to stand during the national anthem in protest of police brutality against African-Americans.
Booker said he doesn’t agree with the way in which the player is protesting, but said he wants the conversations spurred by his protests to continue.
The New Jersey senator said there were “real issues” regarding police accountability.
It’s one of “the biggest cancers in the country right now that in the land of free that pledges allegiance — we pledge ourselves, we swear an oath to the ideals of liberty and justice for all — [that] should have a criminal justice system that’s so broken,” Booker said.
“To see so many young people taking to the streets,” Booker said, “to see so many activists much more conscious now — to see movements like Black Lives Matter — this is all stuff that’s encouraging to me. Because the truth of the matter is we didn’t get the civil rights movement because a bunch of senators sat around and said ‘Hey, this is a swell idea.’”
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