MSNBC Guest: The ‘Root’ of How Policing in the US Got Started Is ‘Evil’

National director of the Black Youth Project 100 Charlene Carruthers reacted Saturday on MSNBC to the shooting death of a Laquan McDonald. Carruthers wanted to talk about the “goodness of cops,” saying the “root” of how the police began in the United States is “evil,” “negative” and “visceral.” “I think we have to center the most marginalized in this story, and the police, they’re going to be alright, but my people aren’t alright. We take it very, very personally when our lives are taken. We talk about the goodness of cops. Let’s talk about how cops even got started in this country. And if the root of how you got started is evil and it’s negative and it’s visceral, then the fruit that you bear is going to be equally as violent and it’s going to overshadow the so-called good acts.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
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PP Board Member: Women Have ‘Fewer Rights’ in Some States Than They Did 50-60 Years Ago

Planned Parenthood board member Alexis McGill Johnson suggested Saturday on MSNBC while discussing the Colorado Springs shooting that in some states, women have “fewer rights” now than they did 50-60 years ago. “We have to be figuring how the why women’s health is under attack in such an intense way. [Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards] talks all the time about having grown up in Texas that there are states now that have fewer rights for women than we had just, you know, 50, 60 years ago. So the idea we are reverting and creating these very horrible environments for our providers, it’s really, really horrible.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
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Psychiatrist on MSNBC: Colorado Springs Shooting Should Be Seen in Context of the War on Women

Vanderbilt University psychiatrist, sociologist and director of the Center for Medicine, Health and Society Dr. Jonathan Metzl, who specializes in gun violence, reacted Saturday on MSNBC to the shooting Friday in Colorado Springs. According to Metzl, the shooting at the Planned Parenthood clinic should be seen in the context “that is an issue of the war on women and women’s rights.” “The news again got dominated by an increasing familiar form of white terrorism in which people are literally terrorized beyond the realm of this. I know what’s going to happen now, which is that we’re going to have a story about the mental health of the person. It’s going to locate it on a particular issue. I have to say, even though I know there are many complicated issues with this person’s biography that are important to find out, that we really do need to see this as a bigger contextual problem that is an issue of the war on women and women’s rights.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
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