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>>> NOW TO OUR SPECIAL REPORT.

>>> NOW TO OUR SPECIAL REPORT.

IN THE MANY CASES WHERE POLICE

KILL INNOCENT PEOPLE WE HEAR A

RECURRING PLEA FROM THE VICTIMS

FAMILIES.

WHEN WILL AMERICANS BELIEVE WHAT

IS HAPPENING AND SAY ENOUGH IS

ENOUGH?

>> THIS IS 2020.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

THE PEOPLE MARCHING IN THE

STREETS ARE TELLING YOU, ENOUGH

IS ENOUGH.

>> THE POLICE OFFICERS COME INTO

OUR NEIGHBORHOODS.

THEY BRUTALIZE.

THEY MURDER OUR CHILDREN AND WE

HAVE DONE NOTHING.

>> THIS IS NOT NEW.

POLICE KILL ROUGHLY 1,000 PEOPLE

EVERY YEAR IN AMERICA, KILLING

BLACK PEOPLE AT DOUBLE THE RATE

OF OTHER VICTIMS.

THE PLEAS TO STOP KILLING WERE

IGNORED FOR DECADES.

TONIGHT WE REPORT ON WHY.

ON THE VOICES DEMANDING CHANGE

TO TRY TO INFORM THE PATH AHEAD.

WE BEGIN IN 1963.

AS DR. KING LED THE MARCH ON

WASHINGTON AGAINST SEGREGATION

AND RACISM AND SINGER SAM COOK

THAT YEAR WAS BARRED FROM A

HOTEL BECAUSE HE WAS BLACK.

AND THEN ARRESTED FOR OBJECTING.

AFTERWARD, HE WROTE A CHANGE IS

GOING TO COME SAYING HE WAS

MOVED BY THAT INCIDENT, THE

PROTESTS, AS WELL AS BOB DYLANS

BLOWING IN THE WINDS.

LIKE THE YEARS PROTEST, THE

SONG PLEADED WITH AMERICA TO

CONFRONT GOVERNMENT RACISM,

RECOUNTING PERSONAL HARDSHIP AND

ALSO HOPE, MAKING IT A CIVIL

RIGHTS ANTHEM.

ITS BEEN A LONG, LONG TIME

COMING

BUT I KNOW A CHANGE GONNA

COME

OH YES IT WILL

>> DID COOK PREDICT THE CHANGE?

OR DRIVE IT?

WELL, THE SONG BROUGHT JIM CROW

AND ITS REALITIES IN FRONT OF

MORE AMERICANS JUST AS BILLY

HOLIDAY DROVE ATTENTION TO LYNCHING WITH STRANGE FRUIT.

LYNCHING WITH STRANGE FRUIT.

SOUTHERN TREES BEAR A STRANGE FRUIT

FRUIT

BLOOD ON THE LEAVES AND BLOOD AT THE ROOT

AT THE ROOT

BLACK BODIES SWINGING IN THE

SOUTHERN BREEZE

>> THOSE HAUNTING WORDS ECHO

LIKE HORRIFIC POETRY.

HOLIDAY ADAPTED THAT SONG FROM A

POLITICAL POEM BY A LABOR

ORGANIZER PUSHING 1930s

AMERICANS TO FACE THE LYNCHINGS

OF WHAT IS NOW A TOLL OF OVER

4,000 BLACK PEOPLE.

DESPITE CORPORATE PRESSURE TO

CENSOR THAT SONG, THAT BECAME

HER HIGHEST SELLING RECORD.

THOSE BLACK ARTISTS ALIGNED WITH

ACTIVISTS WERE DRAWING ATTENTION

TO RACIST REALITIES THAT MANY

IGNORED.

THEY LED US HERE SO WE SHOULD

REALLY LISTEN AND LEARN SOME OF

THE LESSONS FROM SAM COOK TO

GRAM FLASH WHO RECALLED LIFE.

THAT MUSIC VIDEO ENDS WITH

POLICE HARASSMENT AND THIS

UNLAWFUL ARREST.

JUST AS NWA SHOCKED 1980s BHERK

THE AGGRESSIVE ANTHEM, F THE

POLICE, LETS LISTEN TO WHAT WAS

BEING SAID THEN AS IT ECHOS NOW.

THAT SONG WASNT AGAINST THE

CONCEPT OF POLICE.

IT WAS AGAINST THE SYSTEMS

ROUTINE RACIAL PROFILING AND

KILLING THAT RECOUNTED POLICE

HARASSING BROWN PEOPLE AND

POLICE THINKING THEY HAVE THE

AUTHORITY TO KILL A MINOR.

A POINT THAT IS LITERALLY ECHOED

TODAY.

LIKE OUR EARLIER GENERATIONS

QUOTED, SAM COOK.

THE ANTI-POLICE ANTHEM BY MWA

WAS BANNED.

IT WAS ATTACKED BY THE FBI WHICH

REBUKDS THE GROUP FOR

DISRESPECTING LAW ENFORCEMENT,

EVEN WARNING ITS LABEL AT THE

FBI OPPOSED THE SONG AND ITS

MESSAGE.

FACT CHECK.

THE FBI CANT CONTROL FREE

SPEECH AND ITS NOT SUPPOSED TO

SPEND YOUR TAX DOLLARS WRITING

ALBUM REVIEWS.

MANY ARTISTS PLEADED WITH

AMERICA TO SEE AND BELIEVE AND

REACT TO REALITY.

TO KILLERS WITH BLUE SUITS

SLAYING OUR BLACK YOUTH, TO

HIGHLIGHTING REAL FOOTAGE OF

POLICE BEATING PROTESTERS IN THE

ICONIC SONG SAYING THAT WHILE

MANY MAY SEE POLICE AS A SOURCE

OF SAFETY, MANY BLACK AMERICANS

LIVE IN A REALITY WHERE POLICE

ARE THE SOURCE OF DANGER.

THATS WHY THEY TOLD US PEOPLE

FEAR THE VERY SOUNDS OF THE

POLICE.

THATS THE SOUND OF THE POLICE.

THAT ICONIC 1993 SONG SAID THE

MODERN POLICE SYSTEM REPLACED

PLANATION OVERSEERS.

ARGUING THE OVERSEER HAD THE

RIGHT TO GET ILL AND THE RIGHT

TO KILL THE OFFICER, THE OFFICER

HAS THE RIGHT TO ARREST AND IF

YOU FIGHT BACK, THEY PUT A HOLE

IN YOUR CHEST.

THAT WAS 25 YEARS AGO.

KRS ONE STRESSING RACIAL

JUSTICE.

A ONCE PERHAPS RADICAL VIEW NOW

CENTRAL TO THE POLITICAL FOCUS

TODAY ON STRUCTURAL RACISM.

THE90s ALSO SAW A RISE IN HOME

SPRIDS CONFIRM THESE SAME

STORIES, STRESSING HOW THE

SYSTEM WOULD IGNORE EVEN HARD

VIDEO EVIDENCE AND AS MANY

DEMAND TODAY THAT WE SAY THE

NAMES OF SO MANY BLACK PEOPLE

KILLED BY POLICE, WE SHOULD

LISTEN TO HOW ART I HAVES HAVE

BEEN DOING IT FOR YEARS WHEN

OTHERS WERENT PAYING ATTENTION.

MEMORIALIZING THE LIVES AND THE

NAMES IN A TRAGICALLY LONG LIST

OF SONGS BY PRODIGY, KANYE, THAT

A THATS TRUE, ANDLE, MANY MORE.

HOW DID THEY TAKE IN THE STORY

TELLING.

THE NAMES, THE FACTS, THE SAD

RECURRING REALITIES.

I WANT YOU TO THINK ABOUT THIS

TONIGHT.

ITS IMPORTANT.

AMERICA DID NOT TAKE IT WELL

WHICH BRINGS US TO ANOTHER PART

OF TONIGHTS REPORT.

AND I ADMIT, WERE ALREADY

DETAILED HERE.

THIS IS IMPORTANT FOR THE ROAD

AHEAD.

THOSE STORIES TOLD BY BLACK

ARTISTS AND ACTIVISTS WERE OFTEN

MET WITH TWO REACTIONS, FROM THE

POLICE, BLACK ARTIST CRITICISM

OF POLICE BRUTALITY WAS MET WITH

POLICE BRUTALITY.

A CRACK U.N. DODOWN WEVE SEEN.

AND THEN A DIFFERENT CRACKDOWN

WHICH ILL SHOW YOU.

LETS GO BACK TO SAM COOKE WHERE

WE BEGAN, THE DISCRIMINATION

THAT STARTED HIS SONG.

WE MUST REMEMBER WHILE CHANGE

DID COME, IT WAS NOT IN TIME FOR

HIM.

ACTIVISTS WERE LITERALLY QUOTING

HIS SONG ON SIGNS AND POSTERS IN

1964, MARCHING HIS WORDS IN

FRONT OF AMERICA.

THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT PASSED THE

NEXT YEAR BUT BY THEN HE WAS

DEAD AT 33.

SHOT BY A MOTEL MANAGER IN A

CONTROVERSIAL INCIDENT THAT

AUTHORITIES RULED A JUSTIFIABLE

HOMICIDE WHICH WAS WIDELY

CONTESTED.

AS FOR BILLY HOLIDAY?

SHE DIED IN A HOSPITAL WHERE

POLICE WERE TRYING TO HOLD HER

FOR DRUG CHARGES, HANDS CUFFED

TO THE HOSPITAL BED.

CRUEL MEASURES SO SEVERE THAT A

COURT ORDERED POLICE OUT OF THE

ROOM FOR HER FINAL OURS.

SHE WAS 44.

NOW, SOME MIGHT THINK THAT WAS A

LONG TIME AGO.

BUT EVERY OTHER RECENT ARTIST

QUOTED THUS FAR TONIGHT HAS ALSO

FACED DOCUMENTED HARASSMENT.

POLICE PULLING OUT SHOTGUNS.

THEY TOLD AMERICA ABOUT IN THE

VERY FIRST YEAR THEY GOT FAMOUS

ON ARSENIO.

>> THE NEXT THING I KNOW, I LOOK

BACK.

I SEE LIKE THREE COM CARS.

THEYRE RADIOING IN FOR BACK-UP.

IM THINKING, THEYRE GOING TO

KILL US OR WHAT DID I DO?

HOLD ON.

HOLD ON.

THEY GOT US ON THE CONCRETE WITH

OUR FACES DOWN ON THIS HOT

CONCRETE.

>> THEYRE SAYING, YOU GOT THIS

SKIN.

JUST THE SAME THING GOING

THROUGH.

IT JUST HAPPENED TO US.

>> SAME THING EVERYONE WAS GOING

THROUGH.

AND LATER POLICE ARRESTED A

MEMBER OF THAT GROUP FOR CHARGES

SO FLIMSY, EVEN IN 1999, A GRAND

JURY WHICH LEGALLY TENDS TO

APPROVE VIRTUALLY ANY PROPOSED

INDICTMENT, VOTED DOWN THE

PROPOSED CHARGES.

AS A LAWYER EXPLAINED, IN AN

APPEARANCE WITH THE RAMMER ODB

AND HIS MOTHER WHO SAYS SHES

USED TO THIS.

>> THE GRAND JURY VOTED

YESTERDAY TO XONL RATE RUSSELL

JONES OF ALL WRONGDOING.

CLEARLY, THE INCIDENT DIDNT

TAKE PLACE AS REPORTED BY

MEMBERS OF THE NEW YORK CITY

POLICE DEPARTMENT.

>> I GAVE HIM A CELL PHONE FOR

CHRISTMAS AND THEY THOUGHT IT

WAS A GUN.

>> I DONT HAVE NO GUN.

I DONT USE GUNS.

>> WHAT IS IT LIKE AS A MOTHER?

>> WELL, IM USED TO IT.

IM USED TO IT BY NOW.

I PRAY.

>> IM USED TO IT BY NOW.

THE SAME OUT WEST FOR TUPAC, THE

SON OF A BLACK PANTHER.

IT LED HIM TO SUE THE OAKLAND

PD.

>> THEY WERE CHARGING ME WITH

JAY WALKING.

NEXT THING I KNOW MY FACE WAS

BURIED INTO THE CONCRETE AND I

WAS LAYING FACE DOWN IN THE

GUTTER.

WAKING UP FROM BEING UNCONSCIOUS

IN CUFFS.

>> THE NEXT THING I KNEW, I WAS

IN A CHOKEHOLD PASSING OUT.

>> YOURE SUING THEM.

>> WELL SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

YOU KNOW HOW THAT GOES.

RODNEY KING IS STILL FIGHTING

AND THEY GOT IT ON TIME.

>> THEY GOT IT ON TAPE.

THEY HAD ON IT TAPE IN92.

WE HAVE ON IT TIME IN 2020.

WHY WERE NOT WE LISTENING?

WE HAD THOSE POLICE OFFICERS,

SOME OF THEM, CRACKING DOWN.

POLICE POWER STEMS FROM A WIDER

SYSTEM WHICH NOT ONLY IGNORED

THEM OVER AND OVER ON TIME ARE

NOT DOCUMENTED.

THEY IGNORED IT AND ATTACKED IT

AT THE TIME AND TRIED TO MAKE

HIP HOP AN EXAMPLE OF SOMETHING

TERRIBLE.

>> HIP HOP HAS DONE MORE DAMAGE

TO BLACK AND BROWN PEOPLE THAN

RACISM.

>> ITS JUST DESPICABLE.

ITS OUTRAGEOUS.

IT IS FILLED WITH MYSOGYNY.

>> MANY YOUNG BLACKS ARE

UNASSUME ADVISED AND PRONE TO

IMITATE BAD BEHAVIOR.

LIKE WITH LITTLE WAGE PUTS OUT.

>> NOW WE JUST SHOWED YOU CLIPS

FROM FOX NEWS.

BUT LETS BE HISTORICALLY CLEAR

AND ACCURATE.

IT WENT WAY I DONT UNDERSTAND

JUST THE RIGHT WING.

RIGHT NOW SOME STORIES OF RACISM

AND POLICING ARE GETTING MORE OF

A HEARING, LETS RECALL THIS WAS

A BIPARTISAN TIKE BLACK ARTISTS

AND RAMMERS WITH BOTH SIDES

ELEVATING IT TO A PRESIDENTIAL

ISSUE.

FROM BUSH AND DOLE.

>> THE LINE HAS BEEN CROSSED.

NOT JUST OF TASTE BUT OF HUMAN

DIGNITY AND DECENCY.

>> THE KIND OF HATRED THAT YOU

DONAL HONOR TODAY.

>> FROM SONGS ABOUT KILLING

POLICEMEN.

>> IF YOU TAKE THE WORDS AND

REVERSED THEM, YOU MIGHT THINK

DADE DUKE WAS GIVING THAT

SPEECH.

>> THAT WAS A KIND OF POLITICAL

CONSENSUS.

IT WAS INCORRECT AND IT HELPED

REPRESS THESE STORIES OF POLICE

BRUTALITY THAT AMERICA IS STILL

TRYING TO RECKON WITH TO SUCH A

DEGREE THAT IN 2020, MANY

AMERICANS VIEWED THE RORTSS OF

POLICE KILLING BLACK PEOPLE FOR

NO REASON AS A NEW REVELATION.

DID HE GO AIDS LATER.

ITS A REVELATION TO SOME

BECAUSE PEOPLE DIDNT LISTEN

BEFORE.

DIDNT BELIEVE.

NOW MORE PEOPLE ARE BELIEVING.

NOW MORE PEOPLE ARE SEEING THE

REALITY OF BLACK LIVES NARRATED

BY BLACK ARTISTS AND ACTIVISTS,

SAYING THE NAMES OF BLACK LIVES

TAKEN.

SO AMERICA MIGHT SOMEDAY

ACTUALLY ACT LIKE BLACK LIVES

MATTER.

A LOT OF THIS COMES DOWN TO

LISTENING AND BELIEVING

EVIDENCE.

YOU KNOW, THEY GIVE THE PULITZER

PRIZE FOR JOURNALISTIC REPORTING

TO WORK THAT CAPTURES EVENTS

ACCURATELY AS THEY OCCUR.

BY THAT STANDARD, SOME OF THESE

ARTISTS DESERVE A PULITZER

ACCURATELY CAPTURING THINGS THAT

MANY AMERICANS MISSED, AN AWARD

THAT SOME OF THEM WOULD ONLY

RECEIVE POSTHUMOUSLY BECAUSE

THROUGHOUT AMERICAN HISTORY, THE

COST FOR ADVOCATING BLACK LIVES

IS OFTEN ANOTHER BLACK LIFE

LOST.

WHAT NOW?

THESE FACTS HAVE BEEN KNOWN FOR

SOME TIME.

AND NOW THERES MORE VIDEOS AND

MORE EVIDENCE THAN ANY OTHER

TIME IN HISTORY TECH MONTH

LOGICALLY.

THE HUMAN QUESTION RMS THE SAME

AS IT WAS WHEN BILLY HOLIDAY AND

SAM COOKE TRIED TO TELL US.

THIS TIME WILL WE REALLY LISTEN?

WILL WE ACT?

ITS BEEN TOO HARD LIVING, WELL,

YOUVE BEEN LISTENING, RIGHT?

SO YOU KNOW THE REST. ♪ ITS BEEN TOO HARD LIVING BUT

ITS BEEN TOO HARD LIVING BUT

IM AFRAID TO DIE

CUZ I DONT KNOW WHATS UP

THERE I DONT UNDERSTAND THE SKY

SNINL THERE HAVE BEEN TIMES I

THOUGHT I COULD LAST FOR LONG

BUT NOW I THINK IM ABLE TO

CARRY ON

ITS BEEN A LONG, A LONG TIME

COMING BUT I KNOW CHANGE GONNA

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