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Donald Trump, Christina Greer, Associate Professor discussed on Balance of Power

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Night of civil unrest across the country even after president trump threatened to send in federal troops of mayors and governors could get their arms around it welcome L. political scientist Christina Greer she's associate professor put aside at Fordham also the author of the book black ethnics race immigration and the American dream thank you so much professor for being back with us give us your perspective on a broader sense about where this civil unrest falls on a spectrum but again I think we're definitely reached a boiling point if we look at the major cities and smaller cities across the nation most people of my generation have never seen anything on on this scale but we have to ask ourselves what is the root cause and you know that it's not just about George Floyd I doubt if they're making a quality it's about a segment of the citizenry living under constant fear and police violence it's about where the inequality it's about forty million Americans filed for unemployment and we know more I'm not having any job prospects it's not a failure of the federal government to deal with the global pandemic and people feeling the pain and the anguish over hundred thousand American dead and knowing that the president and members of his party are you going to do anything to save or access Americans that don't look a certain way or live in particular places and so I think the the piece that lots of people want to half **** and want to return to quite frankly isn't possible until folks understand the extent to which justice has not been fair exactly for the progress I think we need to be very careful about the various elements of because they still get mashed together we have the police issue which is clearly an issue nobody would deny that having seen the video we got a real problem this country it's not limited Minneapolis but we also have as you say the broader question of inequality inequality of income of wealth of educational opportunity of health care which we saw really come to the forefront with this pandemic as it was such a disproportionate effect on African Americans as well as on Hispanics I must say input as we see these protests what should they be protesting for if I can ask it that way what is it we could do concretely what policy measures can we take to start to address this so I just want to I just wanting to know what did I do video Saturday that many many people deny that video thanks thank you nothing wrong with that video and there's always the question of what we probably did something before the police officer had been yelling his neck I've gotten locked and messages from unsavory individuals who are very happy they do then it's one less black person in this country there we can't say that no one disagrees that video there's a real divide it to whether or not that excessive use of force that led to the death of George Ford excessive use of force that led to the death of Eric garner or excessive use of force that led to the death of Brianna Taylor with an EMT badly there are a lot of people who think that that means of course is justified in in some ways a glorified because they don't think that black Americans belong in this country and that they should ever have the full rights as citizens and so when you're asking what the protest for I mean I as a political scientist Brendan believes that protest politics and electoral politics have to go hand in hand you don't get stuck with it changes in policy usually in the country into people take to the streets and show our elected leaders just to help set up they are and once the policy comes into question all the time and their homework which at the push it even further as we talked about what happened in the sixties you know many of those uprisings and rebellions and protests you know the end result was the civil rights act of nineteen sixty four the voting rights act of sixty five the Immigration Act of sixty five the housing act we we had those two in conjunction protests and electoral change and I think a lot of folks want to see change not just at the federal level the application the executive in in in in power it's an eclectic understanding of what's being executive should be but a lot of people want a sense of his consent to change on their local and state level than that there's nothing to do with partisanship there people who were really disappointed in democratic mayors on how these advocate accused police departments and and assisted in providing them with hyper paramilitary gear that out that will be used against their own president so I think that we want to see policy changes as to how communities interact with police helplessly trains to be members of the community and help educators attorney and how healthcare professionals are trained how allocations of resources are distributed I think back the real end result of these protests and unfortunately quiet kneeling on the sidelines of the football field didn't yield results for certain individuals lots of people have no weakening but many did not refuse to see what quite mailing would do and so now we're we've moved beyond quite kneeling and it's it's making people's lives very uncomfortable and they want it to go away but I think the pain of so many of the protesters and it won't go away until you recognize the lack of justice and equality in the country professor I certainly take your point and agree with it that into moxie the only way you get final change is through the ballot box through politics at the same time when was the last time any administration either Democrat or Republican at the national level made a real difference in the quality this country because I've seen numbers that indicate that the difference in nineteen forty five nineteen eighty and nineteen eighty the card current time is dramatic in the growth of inequality since nineteen eighty and that continued through democratic and Republican administrations yeah I think that that and that's what I'm saying some of this anguish actually has nothing to do with partisanship much of it does with the Donald Trump and his white nationalist rhetoric but much of it is that you're seeing people feel like no matter who's in power things are changing now I think we we can you know be a little more specific explicit and we can feed policies that have happened under democratic presidents the public and president and see how this played out for many communities but we also know that you know there's some generational wealth conversations that we have to still attract that fact who's in power so I mean the fact that the GI bill was not shooting it properly the fact that at the army food concessions that excluded black women and we're still seeing the generational back the fact that the two thousand eight housing crisis you know the victory of the little bit of black wealth in in circles within communities also I think that it needs to be a much broader partisan conversation but on the day to day we can also see about that there are real distinctions between the two parties when it comes to whether it's job creation whether it's criminal justice whether it's environmental policy which we know disproportionately affect black in that next community would put an undue burden on their health care prices and communities that don't really have hospital and resources which then further in history their family wealth or lack there of so it's not only the direct one to one sometimes we have to sixteen the by products and the other back at how that plays out in community banking equity continues to grow okay thank you so much because it's always a pleasure to have you with us that is associate professor Christina Greer political sciences investor from Fordham University coming up here research seems to be growing around on the entire world we were talking about that next this is bound to borrow or television and on N. 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