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Gayle King Cries after Watching Recent Racial Incidents against Black Men on 'CBS This Morning'

Claudine Varela
May 28, 2020
08:30 P.M.
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Gayle King was evidently upset when she spoke against two disturbing videos featured on "CBS This Morning," each racially-charged. One of the clips even saw the death of an African American man.

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A couple of viral videos brought tears to Gayle King who said she’s “rattled” by the racially-charged incidents.

King spoke of her disappointment when the clips were featured on “CBS This Morning.” “I am speechless,” she said after viewing the videos. She added,

“It feels to me like an open season and it’s not sometimes a safe place to be in this country for black men and today it’s too much for me.”

Gayle King at Viacom CBS's opening bell ceremony at NASDAQ in December 2019 in New York City. I Photo: Getty Images.

Gayle King at Viacom CBS's opening bell ceremony at NASDAQ in December 2019 in New York City. I Photo: Getty Images.

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THE FIRST INCIDENT

The videos in question were taken on separate occasions. The first one featured a White woman named Amy Cooper who called the cops on an African American man, Christian Cooper and lied about being threatened and harassed by him.

Amy, who’s the Vice President of an investment firm publicly apologized after she was placed on administrative leave and later fired by her employers.

The man who was taking her video to prove her false claims had merely asked her to leash her dog. This was because she was walking in a section of a park that required dogs to be leashed to protect birds.

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The man’s request seemed to irk the woman who suddenly lashed out on him while appearing to strangle her dog in the process. And as he began to film her, the woman asked him to stop recording and threatened to call the cops on him.

At this point, the man urged her to call the police and she did. But what she told the person who received her call was a lie. She said the man had been threatening her life. Cops who arrived on the scene didn’t make any arrests.

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THE SECOND INCIDENT

The second clip featured by “CBS This Morning” was even more disturbing. George Floyd, a Black man who was under arrest for alleged forgery died after a cop kept pressing his knee on his neck. Floyd’s kept saying he couldn’t breathe but he eventually lost consciousness and died.

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King, who was grateful for the videos that demonstrated the cruelty involved when it came to African Americans, expressed her horror and disappointment.

“As the daughter of a black man and the mother of a black man, this is really too much for me today.”

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THE BACKLASH

According to the latest reports, Amy, who’s the Vice President of an investment firm publicly apologized after she was placed on administrative leave and later fired by her employers. She claimed she wasn’t a racist and intended no harm to anyone.

Meanwhile, the four Minneapolis policemen involved in the death of Floyd were also fired following an investigation after the incident. The decision was supported by Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey who said it was the right decision for the community and the city’s Police Department.

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