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For the latest episode of the CBS News podcast THE TAKEOUT, chief Washington correspondent and podcast host Major Garrett spoke with NAACP President Derrick Johnson about the Derek Chauvin trial and the recent state laws limiting voting rights.
Highlights from this week’s episode:
NAACP President Derrick Johnson on the Chauvin trial: “When we consider this trial, we must recognize that our criminal justice system is actually on trial. The right to breathe as a Black man is on trial.”
Officers who arrested Floyd making assumptions about him and his community: “That’s called racism. When you automatically assume the most negative characteristic about an individual or a community based on their physical features, that’s called racism.”
Chauvin’s right to receive a fair trial: “We afford all citizens due process. We should always have a system to adjudicate injuries and harms, and to ensure that we have a justice system that is both transparent and accountable. That’s something that George Floyd was not afforded. That’s why this whole scenario is so appalling.”
Recent state laws limiting voting rights: “What we’re watching now is a suppression of the vote based on partisanship.”
CHEAT TWEET: “We must recognize that our criminal justice system is actually on trial. The right to breathe as a Black man is on trial,” @DerrickNAACP told @MajorCBS this week about the Derek Chauvin trial. Listen to their full conversation on Chauvin, and #BLM here.
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