Rosie O'Donnell: 'Black Boys Are Like The Endangered Species'

Rosie O'Donnell: 'Black Boys Are Like The Endangered Species'

Rosie O’Donnell, co-host of ABC’s “The View” argued that “black boys are like the endangered species in America” in a discussion on the upcoming grand jury decision in Ferguson on Tuesday.

She said that “it feels like someone might know what verdict is coming. that’s what it feels like to me,” later adding “a gross injustice is about to be ignored and people are going to get pissed.”

When fellow co-host Nicole Wallace asked O’Donnell whether she was in the grand jury room, O’Donnell rebutted that she wasn’t, but “I as an American feel it’s very wrong to shoot unarmed teenagers six times, once in the head.”

Wallace then pressed O’Donnell on whether she had the facts,  O’Donnell responded “no, but that’s how I feel as an American” before going off on a rant about other cases, including the Trayvon Martin case in Florida, concluding “black boys are like the endangered species in America.”

Another co-host Whoopi Goldberg, responded “forget the color. Because it could be you tomorrow. This could, injustice doesn’t care what color you are. So, we’ve got to be ready to really see what’s going on as a nation, not as a black nation, not as a white nation but as America. Until we say ‘no more,’ your kid is in danger.” 

Earlier in the discussion, O’Donnell stated that Ferguson was a situation where there was “a minority policing a majority,” and characterized the riots in Los Angeles following the Rodney King verdict as “righteous indignation.” 

Wallace also said “I hope someone somewhere is hatching a secret plan, maybe send the president there. send him to show their support for the community members.”

Goldberg earlier stated  “don’t put out that you think bad stuff is going to happen because that’s like an encouragement.” And “we have seen bad behavior before and we saw it in Ferguson and it wasn’t the people who lived there. It was the people who came in from out of town.”

(h/t The Wrap)

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