‘Even whites. Whites are too. What a terrible question to ask. Whites are too. Whiter, by the way. Whiter
This is President Donald Trump during an interview with CBS that exposes the opinion that whites in the United States are killed by law enforcement more often than blacks – a claim that could be considered particularly insensitive in the wake of the killing by George Floyd in May as Breonna Taylor two months earlier.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Trump is consciously focusing on racial and cultural divisions during his reelection campaign, with the United States in the midst of a pandemic and economically debilitating unrest on social justice focused on a recent series of accused actions. racially and police brutality against black Americans.
Floyd, a black handcuffed man, died on May 25 after Derek Chauvin, a white officer from Minneapolis, was caught on video as he ran his knee around his neck for almost 9 minutes, although Floyd said he couldn’t breathe and stopped moving. This action helped catalyze a wave of civil unrest.
Trump’s recent comments on Twitter and in interviews have led some to believe that his comments may have the effect of deepening racial rifts in the country.
In recent weeks, Trump has been seen by some as a defender of the Confederate flag, which is considered a symbol of the era of slavery in America. The 45th President of the United States criticized Black Nascar driver Bubba Wallace after a loop was found in his garage and he also questioned a Nascar ban on the Confederate flag that had been supported by Wallace.
Trump defined the words “Black Lives Matter” as a “symbol of hatred” and criticized New York Mayor Bill de Blasio for allowing those words to be printed on the street in front of Manhattan’s Trump Tower. That cartel was vandalized on Monday.
On Tuesday, Trump told CBS Catherine Herridge that her support for the Confederate flag was based on freedom of speech. “All I say is free speech. It’s very simple. My attitude is free speech. Very strong views on the Confederate flag. With me is freedom of speech. Very simple. I like it, I don’t like it, it’s free speech. “
Meanwhile, Trump’s claims about police disproportionate violence against whites have been contested with the data. CBS in its report, citing a Harvard research report from late June, noted that the number of whites killed by the police between 2013 and 2017 was higher than any other demographic group, but mainly because that demographic group represents a larger portion of the population. This study, however, finds that black people are three times more likely to be killed than law enforcement white people.