In the latest episode of GZERO World, Ian Bremmer explores international reaction to the murder of George Floyd and global protests against police brutality and racism. Karen Attiah, Global Opinions Editor of The Washington Post, explains her view that, on issues of race and inequality, the U.S. is a "developing country," and while this moment of uprising offers hope for real change there is still much work to be done. Attiah discusses protestors taking to the streets despite fears of the COVID pandemic, and the centuries-long struggle black Americans have faced on the road to equality. Attiah also reflects on the 2018 murder of her Washington Post colleague Jamal Khashoggi, killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
In the latest episode of GZERO World, Ian Bremmer explores international reaction to the murder of George Floyd and global protests against police brutality and racism. Karen Attiah, Global Opinions Editor of The Washington Post, explains her view that, on issues of race and inequality, the U.S. is a "developing country," and while this moment of uprising offers hope for real change there is still much work to be done.
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In a personal and insightful interview with GZERO World host Ian Bremmer, Washington Post Global Opinion Editor Karen Attiah discusses this charged moment of unrest in America, and her own family's experiences with racism. Attiah, the daughter of Ghanaian immigrants, describes her father's journey from learning of Emmett Till's murder as a young boy to being cautious of police officers in Texas, despite the fact he was a successful doctor.
The complete interview is part of the latest episode of GZERO World, and begins airing today, Friday, June 19, nationally on public television stations. Check local listings and visit gzeromedia.com for more.
Across America, thousands of demonstrators--white and black alike--have been arrested for protesting the death of George Floyd at the hands of police. Many of them will experience the country's cash bail system for the first time. It's known as the front door of the nation's criminal justice system, and can ultimately determine how an arrest or accusation could impact a person's life. Those who can afford to pay bail are able to go home and await their court date. But those who cannot may fall into bail-bond debt traps or be forced to sit in jail until their cases are resolved, perhaps losing their jobs or even custody of their children in the process. The cash bail system disproportionately impacts black people in the U.S. And that, says bail-reform advocate Insha Rahman, is very much by design.
Ian Bremmer's Quick Take:
Yet another Monday of pandemic, of social discord, of economic contraction. It's just kind of what we're expecting this summer in 2020, elections coming up. I've got a Quick Take for you. Look at a few of the things that seem interesting to me right now.
I mean, first of all, I haven't talked as much about my response to Black Lives Matter and these massive protests around the country. Obviously, I'm very sympathetic to the cause. There's massive inequality and massive racism in the United States. And this community has faced the worst of all possible worlds, not only from policing, but also from the unemployment and the health care challenges that have come from coronavirus. It's like the perfect storm this summer.