Charlotte Talks: 'It's Hard Being Black In This Country.' A Conversation With Bakari Sellers

Jun 3, 2020

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

CNN political analyst and former South Carolina lawmaker Bakari Sellers on the national unrest over the police killing of George Floyd, the steps he says the government – and the country – need to take in response, and how rural black America is vanishing.

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A “true child of the Civil Rights Movement,” Sellers says the cries of that era are echoing now as national unrest over the police killing of George Floyd enters a second week.

While Floyd’s death was the catalyst for the protests, Sellers says they also reflect “systemic injustice and systemic racism that’s plagued this country for 400 years.”

Sellers is looking at the state of America through the eyes of his father, who was shot in the late 1960s in the Orangeburg Massacre at South Carolina State University.

He also views the coronavirus pandemic’s disproportionate impact on people of color from the perspective of someone raised in a South Carolina community where now there is no hospital, polluted water and air, and scarce access to food.

“Until we start fundamentally giving black folk the benefit of their humanity, we will still have these systemic problems that are now boiled over into the streets,” Sellers says.

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Bakari Sellers, CNN political analyst, former South Carolina House member (2006-2014), author of "My Vanishing Country: A Memoir" (@Bakari_Sellers)