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De Blasio: ‘Young Men Of Color Live In Fear All the Time,’ ‘There’s Implicit Bias In All Of Us In This Country’


On Monday’s broadcast of CNN’s “New Day,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) argued that we have to help “our police understand there’s implicit bias in all of us in this country,” and “all of us in white America have to understand better that, young men of color live in fear all the time.”

De Blasio said that part of the solution is “retraining our police, helping our police understand there’s implicit bias in all of us in this country, and that we have to work to get that bias out of our systems. And that’s across all backgrounds.”

He later added, “I think all of us in white America have to understand better that, young men of color live in fear all the time.”

De Blasio continued, “I think it’s a very simple equation. If you have white children, you don’t need to give them that particular warning [about police]. You’ve got to prepare them for a lot of other things in life, but you don’t have to give them that particular warning. And it gets back to — you understand, we honor our police, we need our police, but we also have to have a very different relationship between police and communities around the country, and we have to recognize that police have to be trained to understand how to work with communities consistently, and how to defuse potential situations that could go wrong.”

De Blasio also said that while there are some people in it he doesn’t agree with, he has “respect” for the Black Lives Matter movement, and that the movement has “changed the national discussion for the better.”

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