Costello to BLM Protester: Is Disrupting Airports a Good Idea During Heightened Terror Climate?
CNN’s Carol Costello interviewed #BlackLivesMatter organizer Asha Long this morning, where she asked whether protesting at a Minneapolis airport was really the best way to speak against police brutality.
Yesterday’s BLM protest at the Mall of America was reported by ABC to have actually been a decoy to distract police attention away from the airport demonstration. Costello reported that two security checkpoints were shut down and flights were delayed due to the protest, and with the heightened national alerts and public anxiousness over terrorism, she wondered whether the protest actually advanced BLM’s message.
When Long argued that disrupting businesses was a way to point attention to the “state of emergency” for black lives, Costello pressed on to ask how disrupting holiday travel and creating more anxiousness helps achieve their goal.
“It’s important for people to be upset about missing their flight, because many black lives are disrupted every day,” Long said. “It’s important we focus on what is important… safety for black lives is an illusion, especially at the airport.”
Still, Costello pressed on with whether this protest was good idea, not only because of terror concerns, but also because they were disrupting during the busiest travel season of the year. Long retorted that people cannot go on with their lives while ignoring brutality, saying “we have to call out the terroristic tactics of the police at the airport.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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