MSNBC host Chris Jansing was visibly shaken by the video released of Keith Scott’s shooting.
MSNBC Host empathized with Keith Scott’s wife
MSNBC’s Chris Jansing articulated something I wish many more people would. She contrasted her own reality with the displayed reality of this black woman.
“I’ll tell you what struck me,” Chris Jansing said. “The difference between how I would have I think reacted — although we never really know — as a white woman in America as opposed to a black woman in America. I probably frankly would have been screaming. I would have been charging at the scene. She is very careful. And in fact at one point makes it very clear after the shooting, ‘I am not coming to you.’ They tell her to stay back, and she makes it clear she is not going to do that. It just shows you that if you are African American in America, you react a certain way to police. And I found it chilling.
Trymaine Lee replied to Jansing’s commentary with the African America and people of color reality. He made it clear that the realization while new to a lot of white people is the lived experience of everyone of color in America.
“The reality is that black folk in America,” Trymaine Lee said. “We clearly understand that so often is literally hanging by a thread. One false move could end up in death. As this woman is emerging from her home and says he has a TBI, he just took his medication, don’t shoot him. And in moments, her husband of twenty something years is dead. That’s what resonates in communities all across the country when you are black and when you are dealing with law enforcement.”
Trymaine Lee could not be clearer. Nothing will change unless more folk like Chris Jansing sees the light.