Cuomo on George Floyd Protests: The Names Change, But the Color Doesn't

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, during his Saturday coronavirus press conference, touched on the situation surrounding the police killing of George Floyd.

Cuomo decried the continuing spat of black men killed by police, harkening back to Rodney King 30 years ago, saying, "he names change, but the color doesn't."

Cuomo then denounced violent protests in all forms, and announced New York Attorney General Letitia James would be reviewing the actions and procedures of the NYPD in the wake of Friday's violent police behavior in Brooklyn.


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Malcolm X said, "“If violence is wrong in America, violence is wrong abroad. If it is wrong to be violent defending black women and black children and black babies and black men, then it is wrong for America to draft us, and make us violent abroad in defense of her".

Author — Elixir de Vie

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Cuomo: "The names change, but the color doesn't ."

Author — Danymity

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Cops are trained wrong. Other countries know it. We pretend to not see it.

Author — AlmostSober

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Strange, isn't it? Violence is not the answer in US, but it is in Hong Kong! As a matter of fact, when Nancy Pelosi saw violent protesters torched subway stations, vandalize not only public, but also private properties, setting fire to banks, offices and police stations, throwing petrol bombs at police and even attacking fellow citizens who refused to take part in the protests, she infamously said, "This is such a beautiful sight to behold." Mike Pence, Mike Pompeo, Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz and many more bipartisan congressmen and women praised the Hong Kong rioters as democracy fighters and heroes, saying that their actions were "inspirational". There are plenty of evidence here on YouTube, if you care to dig out all those recorded speeches. So, how is US different from Hong Kong? You guys encourage violence in Hong Kong, but say violence is not the answer in US? Seriously??? Such a hypocrisy!!!

Author — Elixir de Vie

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Don’t forget Botham Jean killed inside his own home! His name should be up there

Author — Crown Chanel

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Dr King was "non-violent" and y'all murdered him anyway, we are past kneeling, we will rather die on our feet than allow someone to kneel on our necks.

Author — Maurice Milles Mansa

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Wow well spoken Cumo... most politicians are too scared to even acknowledge what he just did! I agree but I think it’s Interesting tho,

America has been founded on violence and rioting all in the name of liberty... wanting liberation from the oppression of Great Britain, Thus America was born...

Author — The How To Diva

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They KILLED Dr. King to and they PRACTICED LOVE and turning the other cheek IT HAS NOT WORKED instead THEY GET WORSE

Author — monique bedford

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How did he even remember Rodney King?! I thought I was the only guy to recall this similar incident from almost 30 years ago involving another black man against white cops!

Author — Byron Chen

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I'm gonna pick this guy for my dodge ball team as much as he jumps and ducks when people hit him with facts in his own back yard

Author — Nick Harley

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Dont be fooled by Cuomo' s crocodile tears. He cut back on all social programs including school free breakfast for poor kids.

Author — Ricardo

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Cuomo gets it. You have to understand what caused the reaction...the pent up frustration of people seeing the same shit happening over and over and over.

Author — Lennie Watson

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Over and over again. If 4 young black men are in a car, and just ONE of them commits a crime, ALL of them would be charged for the crime as if they all committed it. That SAME culpability needs to be applied to this case.

Author — Theo Davis

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Martin Luther King said, “Urban riots must now be recognized as durable social phenomena, ” he told the assembled crowd of mostly white doctors and academics. “They may be deplored, but they are there and should be understood. Urban riots are a special form of violence. They are not insurrections. The rioters are not seeking to seize territory or to attain control of institutions. They are mainly intended to shock the white community. They are a distorted form of social protest. The looting which is their principal feature serves many functions. It enables the most enraged and deprived Negro to take hold of consumer goods with the ease the white man does by using his purse. Often the Negro does not even want what he takes; he wants the experience of taking.”

One of the foundational notions of nonviolence is that in order to be respected, one must behave well and abide by the social contract: work hard, follow the rules, and prosper. The problem is that since the beginning of the Atlantic Slave Trade, black people had worked harder and followed more rules, more strictly than anyone in America. And still they found themselves in an impossible and impoverished situation. King might not have been as militant as the militants would have liked, and he may have become an even greater citizen of the world while cities were on fire, but by the time he spoke in the fall of 1967, he recognized that it would no longer be effective to tell black folks to only protest peacefully, kindly, and respectfully. They could not prosper in a game where they were the only ones expected to play by the rules. King closed that speech with a stark truth:
“Let us say boldly that if the violations of law by the white man in the slums over the years were calculated and compared with the law-breaking of a few days of riots, the hardened criminal would be the white man. These are often difficult things to say but I have come to see more and more that it is necessary to utter the truth in order to deal with the great problems that we face in our society.”

If it is violent to take that which does not belong to you for the thrill of, even briefly, imagining yourself on even ground with your oppressor, then King was concluding there was to be no hope for nonviolence. Perhaps not then, perhaps not ever. Martin Luther King, at the end of his life, was coming to understand the restrictions of nonviolence as a weapon against a violent oppressor who shows no moral compass. There are limits to how long one can attempt to quiet a fire. King’s transition from the summer of 1966 to the summer of 1967, was from hoping against violence to accepting it as a function of the society it operated in, as an inevitability for a people he had led to a promised land that did not deliver on its promise.

Author — Elixir de Vie

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Whilst I wholeheartedly agree with your condemnation of the police killing of the blacks as listed by you on several occasions (19 people over 29 years according to your list), I believe that you should also list the names of all the policemen killed by blacks over the same period and what action will be required of these communities to prevent these cop killings in future. Cop lives Matter as much as Black lives matter (All lives matter).

Author — Dave Hood

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What a trash diservice. This man is aching for this.

Author — The Lone Wolf Queen

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Okay, but they killed our great nonviolent Dr. Martin Luther King too.

Author — Kiffany Cody

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I'm not sure if you even recall what you said a couple of weeks prior. Just to recap. You said that public health was first and foremost, 'domestic abuse = Bad, suicide = Bad but 'not death' in relation to protestors reopening a couple of weeks previously. Maybe you're suffering from a bit of forgetfulness Mr Coumo but how come it's all of a sudden ok fir thousands of protectors including yourself to meet in mass gatherings?

Author — John Francis McGovern

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As a governer you don’t make your country in peace. Your are analizing the situation which you should do it after you make your people live in peace and comfort. You destroy your big super power country and no other country can destroy yours but its own people like you.. then the country who don’t want America great would say...” mission accomplished” right or wrong is uour country anyway!

Author — SallyaudreyTS

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We want to know why all those people died on your watch Cuomo!

Author — Lena Holiday