Lamenting the outcome of the trial of George Zimmerman for the 2012 murder of Trayvon Martin on Monday morning, MSNBC host Touré told host Chris Jansing that the verdict of not guilty shows that it is a “walking while black” is “apparently a crime.” He said that the trial shows that African-Americans need to teach their children that “they are suspects before proven innocent.”
Touré said that the verdict in this trail backs up the many disturbing lessons he was taught as a kid; including to keep your hands out of your pockets in stores and walk slowly and do not run lest you provoke the police to stop and question you.
“You don’t want to give them a reason to be suspicious of you because they are already suspicious of you because you are walking while black, which apparently is a crime in this country,” he declared.
“So, those messages are happening in all sorts of black homes throughout America, and have been happening for decades,” Touré continued. “We need to arm our kids with the information they are suspects until proven innocent.”
Watch the clip below via MSNBC:
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