Reliable Sources tries to portray both sides of an issue by featuring a person representing the views of the black community with a delusional woman who has clearly sold out to the Right Wing. Crystal Wright, known on Twitter as @GOPBlackChick has the audacity and stupidity to compare the murder of an unarmed black man by a police officer (who is supposed to serve AND protect) to black on black violence. Channeling her inner Rudy Giuliani, Wright equates the killing of Michael Brown to the often overlooked problem of black on black crime. Elon James White, who hardly got in a word edgewise, patiently waited for Wright to finish her soliloquy on why white people are afraid to go there.
As a White Republican man trapped in a black woman's body, Crystal Wright takes the position of a marginalized white person, too afraid to talk about race. She makes it very clear that although she and Elon are both black, they cannot be lumped into one category. She mentions that although Mike Brown didn't deserve to die, his actions and behavior should be considered when discussing the events in Ferguson on that August day. She did say that Michael Brown “made very bad decisions" and his behavior was a very big factor in the unfortunate ordeal.
He robbed a convenience store and went on the street and tried to be confrontational with a police officer... I think the real epidemic is not police violence against black men, the real epidemic is young black men killing other young black men.”
Although Elon James White wasn't able to get equal time on the segment, he did put Crystal in check by steamrolling her ridiculous premise. While she was hogging the conversation for at least two minutes, White tried to get in a word by saying ma'am, Wright freaked out and said,
DON'T call me ma'am...(group talking).... let me finish. White police officers are not waking up every morning and saying that they want to go out and kill young black men.
Finally, host Brian Stelter politely asked Mr. White to reply. Regarding the "epidemic" of black on black crime,
This conversation's been happening in the black community for generations...in all honesty, that's really a way to deflect from the issue here. Let's be real real here. OK? The fact is when a cop kills a young black man unarmed, it's a bit different than violence happening within the neighborhood, and to pretend that it's anything else is disingenuous at best. When you talk about this, this black on black crime, black on black crime is in similar rates as white on white crime, this is a false narrative that people push in order to derail the conversation around our community still being gunned down by the police...A police officer who is supposed to protect the community kills an unarmed black man it is a different thing than gang violence, because this person was sworn in to specifically protect the community.
White understands that police in these circumstances will always walk and get away with murder. Next, Stelter brings up a meme pictured below. Why do these ugly memes exist? Stelter asked. White says social media, by its very nature is laden with misinformation. Emotions are high and you're going to see things like that. Social media has a way of fueling anger because people can hide behind a computer. Wright and White agree on that.
But Crystal has another right wing talking point to address: She has to take the side of the business owners whose businesses were destroyed, who can't provide jobs. Jobs, she believes, are far more important than the lives of unarmed black men. That's obvious by her rush to mention that issue before time mercifully ran out on the segment.