115 ERNEST OWENS: "Murder in Charleston/ #BlackTwitter"
Release Date: 04/09/2015
“In a weird way, America has been waiting for this news story,” says LeGrande, “and now we have it in all its tragic glory.” Michael Slager, a white police officer in North Charleston, SC was charged this week with murder after a cellphone video surfaced showing him shooting and killing Walter Scott, an unarmed African-American man.
“Yes, we must have justice for the Scott family,” says pop culture commentator Ernest Owens. “But this is not the time to get excited about the possibility of a white cop getting convicted. We must stand for something more, be something more.”
On the heels of high-profile instances of police using lethal force, #BlackTwitter has been an unstoppable force in raising consciousness. A provocative conversation, Ernest and LeGrande discuss the merits of “The Root” article “For Better or Worse, Black Twitter Cannot Be Denied.”