On Friday morning, Fox News political analyst Gianno Caldwell choked back his emotion and fought back tears as he addressed the tragedy of George Floyd’s death during an appearance on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.”
Floyd’s death this week has triggered protests against police brutality and riots in cities across the country. Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter on Friday.
An emotional plea
Caldwell, a young Trump-supporting black conservative who authored the book “Taken for Granted” about how Democrats have historically exploited black Americans, was visibly distressed as he shared his perspective on life in America as a member of the black community, the Washington Examiner reported.
“For many African Americans, the pressure cooker hasn’t just spilled over, it’s — the top has shattered in a thousand pieces,” Caldwell said of the protests and riots sweeping the country.
“I gotta be honest — for a lot of African Americans in this country, they feel that being black is a curse,” he said.
“It’s a curse because before you know my name, before you know the content of my character, before you know my moral compass, I’m already considered a threat to you, to so many Americans,” he continued.
Referencing other recent incidents, Caldwell said he felt he was viewed as “a threat when I’m jogging, a threat when you have your knee on my neck and I’m screaming ‘I can’t breathe,’ a threat when you’re in a park walking your dog.”
“This reality that has gone on for decades must, must come to an end,” Caldwell said. “It reminds me of when the 13th Amendment was ratified and slavery was abolished — and a lot of the confederate soldiers became police officers and judges, thereby disenfranchising African Americans from true justice.”
“This is another situation which reminds a lot of us of that same trauma back then,” he continued. Caldwell noted that he’d recently talked with his grandfather, James Earl Williams, who grew up in Arkansas during the time of oppressive racism and segregation.
“That same trauma that he experienced many years ago flows through my blood as well, and I think it’s important for so many of the good people who are watching right now to know that it’s not enough for you just to be a good person,” he said.
Caldwell urged his viewers, “You have to use your platform. You have to speak out against these injustices. None of us can be quiet while this is going on. If we don’t unite — today — we’re not going to have a country to unite in. We have to bring justice to this situation, and it must be swift.”
Caldwell went on to call for more “consistency” in the national reaction to such tragedies, and implored “every voice” to both acknowledge and condemn instances of racially-motivated attacks and police brutality.