Will waves of protest bring waves of change?

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Black Lives Matter protest in Minneapolis. Photo credit: Andy Witchger/Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0)

The killing of George Floyd by a white police officer who now faces murder charges set off a wave of peaceful protests nationwide. It also resulted in incidents of violence, with police officers blamed for using unnecessarily brutal methods to clear activists, while others have been accused of using the guise of activism to destroy and steal property. Meanwhile the president’s response has elicited criticism from some surprising sources, including the military community. The panel considers this moment: Does it represent a seismic shift? Will either party advocate real reform? The panel reacts with a mix of hope and reality.

Plus: The Left has been clamoring for General Jim Mattis, President Trump’s former defense secretary, to speak out. Did he choose the right time? Will it matter what he’s said? And how much does it matter who Joe Biden picks to be his running mate? 

This episode of Left, Right & Center has an all-black panel: Keli Goff is the Center with Christine Emba on the Left, Michael Steele on the Right and special guest Robert A. George

Credits

Guest:
Robert George - Columnist at the New York Daily News - @RobGeorge

Hosts:
Christine Emba, Keli Goff, Michael Steele

Producer:
Sara Fay