tv Cross Talk RT June 6, 2020 12:00am-12:30am EDT
hello and welcome to cross talk where all things are considered i'm peter lavelle this spiral downward depending on who you believe in the media the civil unrest in america is the result of systematic racism this explains protests and rioting but does it the commanding heights controlling the financial system the media and the business world are loath to admit it it's the economy stupid for them race always trumps class.
to discuss this and more i'm joined by my guest jason nichols in l. the cut city is a professor of african-american studies and in new york we crossed to margaret kimberly she is the editor and senior columnist at the black gender report as well as the author of the book prejudicial black america and the president's all right cross up rules in effect that means you can jump in anytime you want and i always appreciate it ok was 1st go to margaret here in my introduction i said that race always trumps class and if you look at mainstream media particularly the liberal media that is the message you get over and over and over again now we're remarkably we actually are still in the middle of the pandemic. hands of millions of people have lost their jobs we've seen acts of congress and the inaction of a president. the people that have the most money are protected and now we have this
horrific death of george lloyd which i think it was very i was very pleased that there was a universal virtually universal reaction to this this is this was an atrocity but that seems so long ago when we think of the problem of the riots and continued protests and the actions of the president here but the messages are always on race and i think that's misguided because at the end of the day this is a class issue it always is a class of go ahead well you know in the end you as a race determine what class one is in we can't say there's no clean dividing line in this country and floyd's death is something that happens every day to a black person by the way every day to 3 people in this country an average of 3 people killed by the police and racism is a big part of that so this story begins with racism and racism that's practiced all
the time mostly against black people but i think the reaction to it as you say they were both in was universal and i think the protests obviously were sparked by his killing but i think they are sustained and growing because of anger about many things in this country people are suffering people are struggling it is something that is almost for bill need to talk about it's not an issue in politics the corporate media doesn't say anything about it we already had an economy that was not doing as well as we were told when we speak of jobs growth it's low wage work it's getting work it's all it's not anything that it's not living wage were so people were already struggling and now more than 30000000 are under. floyd
as a result of the pandemic any shutdowns of the current so i think there are people who are angry about a lot and while the killing of this man was the spark and there would be i'm sure reaction across the country but it has sustained in small mentum because of the insecurity that people feel and the anger they have which is rarely. yet i am here because i mean as we spoke right before this recording is that you know i think all across the country obviously this was a catalyst there's no doubt about that ok. but you know that the phrase i can't breathe and i think that that that that goes across race because i think what the media does in the political classes they don't want to talk about the structural deficiencies of the economy why they are there so many low paid jobs again for example again this is a direct this one to the democrats why are so many cities so badly run and run down
ok and taking responsibility for that is well so does jason i guess i'm going to throw to you what i said in the introduction about systematic racism that does and does. race always trump a class in american politics. well again you know i would echo everything that m.r. who just said i think she said a very eloquently in terms of race and class intersecting of course there's no question that there are poor white people and that you have outliers of a well to do black people but i would also add when we connected through the unrest that we've seen i don't know a black man and i know poor black people i know working class that are middle class and i know very well to do black people and i don't know one african-american man who doesn't have a story about him and countered with the police so some of this actually does transcend class. when i go out you know i generally i'm not wearing
a shirt and tie and you know one would think i used to think you know i would age out of certain encounters with the police and you know in my early forty's and you see george ford was 46 walter scott was in his fifty's so again this is something that for black men seems to transcend age it seems to transcend class so i think a lot of people. you know when they saw george floyd they saw their fathers you know women you know washing say women i should say partners saw their partners their husbands in george floyd and we can't forget that these are things are happening to black women as well with briana taylor and you know many of the other cases of black women who have suffered at the hands of police so i think that while we can talk about the class impact of course there's been a serious impact more on working class communities and while we talk about george
floyd we shouldn't necessarily think that these are the george floyd protests these george floyd was just the straw that broke the camel's back if you look at what the police were doing in york city they were going around during this pandemic and in the village and in the wealthy white or areas they were handed out mass you know when you went you know north of 96th street into you know upper manhattan and into the rocks they were punching people in the face so i think a lot of people you know in arresting them so i think there was an explosion that was going to happen. and you know you can talk also you mention the democratic control of cities and i think that you know there is a valid point that you know some democrats have failed in their management of cities however and a lot of the cities mayors are blacks. to be frank it's be very transparent but
then in some cases even the police chiefs are black but what i'm saying is a lot of this is systemic and when you have a system it doesn't necessarily white supremacy a systemic some don't necessarily it's not about who's at the head of the system in addition the states like of course in the baltimore area where the state is run by a republican city they really don't. depend on the state when we don't get this to make races and we go to market right now and then if we get it if it's so literally black and white a lot about broken americans participate in the political process in this systematic racism i mean you know police chiefs and counselors and all kinds of things like this and then they need they need then it becomes very political because and you have i think in the state of washington you know it's basically it's ok to write it's ok to destroy property but not much and in a certain level i think all of us kind of agree with that but what if you're
destroying property of a person of color that started a business that's their whole life it's that you know that's it and then it goes right back to an economic issue go ahead yeah well this you know the political leadership though are established and even the black mayors the democrat here in new york city we have a new group bill de blasio liberal mayor. but they often go back on the same pro status meant troops when something like this happened so over the weekend too there were 2 incidents of police vehicles driving into a crowd of protesters and the blasio he backtracked later going to 1st he disbanded the police he said if you're tat least you're attacking everyone. he made statements in favor of them and the police hate him despite all his genuflecting that's another issue but most of these mayors are pro establishment and they work within the system that. the larger system that as we just talked about doesn't work
for anybody so they and the do i believe republicans and democrats that also is not always not such a clean dividing line blasio has gotten in trouble for taking campaign money from anybody from everybody so we see in new york politicians like our mayor bill de blasio who markets him self as a liberal that was his whole campaign slogan the tale of 2 cities he was going to do better for working people and so forth he made a big deal about having an interracial family but when this these demonstrations started he turned into the establishment all the titian again very pro quo he's even after police broke into a crowd 2 instances of that he defended them then he had to backtrack now there's a curfew. last night you had a curfew in new york you have to be inside by 888 pm or we can be arrested so
a lot of these labels. democratic politicians are not any thing that we can say is really let let's talk about labels here jason what is the difference between prosthetics and protesting and rioting and looting because i see the liberal media really and you know it's. basically peaceful protesting but then there's tons of footage of extreme violence and looting and destruction i mean it seems to me that they're trying to invent language in a normal well in ways that basically everything's fine and everyone's just doing what they're doing now you can't ever get responsibility heads were not i think that there will definitely need to draw a distinction between destruction of property and bonds. the president named for example when his were remarks of him in 2. altar cations and one where he said
that this man had been beaten within an inch of his life. but neglects to say is that that man ran out into the middle of the street with a samurai sward you know and got beat up and you know while that's a tragic encounter it's not this you know helpless person or this person just standing in front of the business he went out he engaged the protesters with a weapon and you know caught them you know the short end of the stick. i do think that there is a difference between you know uprising which is whenever there is an oppressive authoritarian force and people have a political response to that whether it's organized or disorganized that is an uprising that's literally the definition of a don't rise when you look at what's happening for many people and that's not all
of the people who are out there because there are some people who are doing this for their own purposes but the majority other people who are out there are i think even the ones who are engaging in destruction of property are carrying out an uprising ok. they're going to go to a short break and after that short break we'll continue our discussion on race and class state with. some people a con that protests across america right now bolshevik press revolution time make a reference to the workers' uprising that we saw in the old in crail russia. and them we've got a new imperium here in america only start canceling their hand to work or something realize that wait a minute we don't want to live entertainers simply don't want to live under a monarchy samogon all passion bolshevik revolution which i thought only happening because. i think it was government
official i'm president i don't have faith in the system. i've got it's over i'm just a broken system as that's a sign for people like who were abused. as well as are. different people who are here for different reasons but also job loss a whole. lot of people in philadelphia are on the up ballot 2 paychecks away from home let's say . welcome back to cross up were all things are considered to mind you were discussing race and class.
mother let me go back to you i mean we were talking about in the 1st part of the program the difference when protesting in writing and there are so many different motives people may have i mean i don't think people were thinking and i hope people weren't you mr lloyd when they were stealing night he shoots ok i hope that's not the case but i have i have to agree with jason when he's talking about uprising but then again that means something to different people is well ok and when i think one of the saddest things that's poisoned our politics is that all of us and i think the media does this do is we have preconceived ideas about other people about where they're from way they look and this is kind of neat jerk reaction and you know what it is it's fear on all sides and i think that is what's really sad here and i will not back away that this is a class issue because there is so. so much pressure on the middle class the middle
class is been decimated and what's really sad and i think this is actually proven is that since the civil rights movement so many people of color were able to move into the middle class and how back great to be the dream that we all have about middle class america because it was a middle class country it's no longer a middle class country it's an underclass and a very very small a small group of very powerful rich people that have congress in their pocket do you agree or disagree but let's absolutely true living wage work has been decimated in this country as something that black people depended upon to be able to buy homes and send their kids to college all of those markers that we think of as being middle class which is a kind of amorphous. term that it makes you feel good president and makes you feel you that's your cause. but it's the people at the top who you mentioned who are
responsible for this destruction the finance capitalists decided that we didn't need to make anything in america i mean war. and so these manufacturing jobs disappeared their whole portions of this country and the midwesterner by birth and . yes and every time i visit family in the midwest in ohio and other states it looks worse and worse and worse. and so now we have but it's never acknowledged it's never talked about politicians don't mention it because they rely on people who give them money they don't care the corporate media they don't care they are rather elite institutions they don't have any connections with working people they don't cover working people they need to have a labor beat anymore. so we have these people who are treated as if they don't exist and i also think that it's not uncommon. and actually for
a protest to begin over some very bright his issue people have well founded righteous indignation but it sets off a lot of emotions there are people who. you know the not cool heads for lack of a better term who will take advantage just because people are out into the streets and inspires. positive a lot mostly positive i would say a lot of negative too but i think we have to remember this all started with great injustice and everyone should be working to stop this system that put 2000000 people in jail george fluid was arrested because of a $20.00 bill that was allegedly counterfeit that puts people in jail and americans love to talk about human rights everywhere else in the world but you can't have 2000000 people in jail and talk about human rights abuses everywhere else so i think there has to be
a discussion about all of this all of these things that we talk about when people are needs are acknowledged i think. and wimpy institutions like the police are kept in check i think so much of what we've been discussing can be you know jason finally looting abhorrence and were to any and doing to macy's fine they got their insurance they're all covered ok it's the small businesses and it's the moment that it and are breaking for me here but you know when people bring up the issue of looting i think about a different kind of looting ok i think about the looting of the middle class for 40 years ok and i really find it really rich when it comes to media figures and hollywood types of ok when they opine on what they're basically less thoughts in my opinion they met not to any way it's all hurt you signally but you know. the media
it and i go back and say you know it it's race race race race everything's races but you know it is it it hurts everyone when you have when you hollow out the middle class again the middle class in my mind is a place for all and that's where we find our great strength ok and when you follow that out it hurts everyone here and again the media covers this looting that's going on and we in this stimulus bailout just another huge transfer well upwards and now we have we basically have a civil war or a revolution against the working people from the top down do you agree with that or not so i agree with with many elements of what you said. first of all i do agree with something you said earlier and that is that middle class is kind of this you know and i maybe as margaret said it is more focus and may not even exist
i think it was the playwright august wilson who said if you can't quit your job today and live at the same standard of living for 2 years then your core and you know i know me you know i it you know i'm live in a nice house in a nice neighborhood but if i would have my employment today you know next month i'm scrambling you know to me and 3 months on you know probably out of my year so i think that there is. you know this this idea that there's this middle class and 80 percent of americans are 85 percent i believe of americans identify as middle class now you want to tell us there are a lot of poor people because we demonize poverty itself that you know that they're like i'm poor you know there was. a middle class there was a joke by 4. the great comedian eddie murphy where he talked about everybody was poor neighborhood but if you can afford to get that ice cream you know to me. you
know the other kids ruined your got ice cream your mom's all welfare you know where they all lived in the same community you know i mean they are had pretty much the same family structure you know everybody was poor but because you couldn't afford ice cream that day you know all of a sudden you were somehow worse you know jason i lived in a small community outside of denver colorado and it was lily white but the same issue applied to same exact may apply right there margaret and mary ok in again you know losing your job poverty it's a shameful element of american culture here but you know you know if you're told you can't work you can't go to work you can't myrna living for yourself and your family then then again i criticize the structural deficiencies of the economy if you're telling people you can't go to work then you better you have to compensate them ok but no that's not what the $1200.00 check or whatever you know that's going
to pay off debt that's not going to put food on the table here up in the absence of that any interest in the in the concerns of the conditions of the middle class and working people i find abhorrence and there's nothing out there to change it because we're all focused on race race ranks go ahead mark you're like well there are if. you're lucky if you know and if the black people suffer the most because you're less likely to have family wealth had assets we're more likely to spend upon a salary and if anything happens to that sound we we are in very very trouble and the fact that they do not believe the political class the people who go through the motions of opposing each other that they decided $1200.00 was the maximum were any anyone in this country regardless of circumstance it tells you where we stand the minimum wage hasn't gone. for years and the democrats the 1st 2 years
obama was in office and democrats controlled everything they didn't do anything about it either so we are living in this dystopian nightmare where we are told that our problems don't exist they're not acknowledged they're not talked about. people campaign for office pretending that they can hear. about us and then they wonder why only half the public bother to show up tomorrow and the state of california in the state of california at local politicians are almost all universally elected on health care for single payer and when they get the power i mean it's the people's republic of california for god's sake and they still won't do it they still did all they did to do it and then when they get power oh we don't have the money and that is the myth that has been exploded by this endemic and this crisis there's tons of money when you want something ok but if
you're going to give people a step up across the board the middle class they just deny jason last 30 seconds go to you i'm sorry go well the only thing that i want to say is that it's adding to what margaret just stated and that is that there is a difference between being american middle class and being black american middle class i think that those are 2 very different constructions for example in boston massachusetts the media household income or the median household net worth is 2 $147000.00 for african-americans in that same area it's $8.00 so again you see the stark difference where people are are worth you know what they have in their wallet versus people who have homes you know homeownership 40 percent for african-americans were at a rather of a 50 year low right now 40 percent for african-americans 70 percent. for
a reason but almost out of time and i'm not going to contest anything you said but you know i'm really tired of rich white liberals saying well at least i'm not racist ok and then that this cleans their conscience addressing the structural economic problems of the united states and lets all the time we have your own frame are going to want to play chase into being on our program when i think our viewers are watching us here are scenic some remember. according to several sources felice in the united states kills from 2 to 4 people every day my. head his hands. with sad eyes when. one of my being arrested for
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this image of. lady liberty of the statue of liberty in this headline that i want to turn to from the daily mail trumps has new york has been lost to thaw and low life scum after looters ransacked 5th avenue and curfew is brought forward from 11 pm to 8 pm until end of week but cuomo and of last year still refuse to call in the national guard and as you can see there some looters on the front page and we've talked about the looters at the top from the very beginning the trillions and trillions of dollars being printed in the can't tell you in effect but here's lady liberty right there on the ground trinkets probably made in china sold in times square and just as quite a fitting image for the rest of the stories we have to cover max oh absolutely the poet resonates with a double entendre with deep meaning or with echoes of the past and people.