Flashpoint: When protests turn to riots; Brown ShopRite rebuilds; race conversation starters

Flashpoint
June 08, 2020 - 10:29 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — This week on Flashpoint: Host and KYW Newsradio community affairs reporter Cherri Gregg takes a look at the rage behind the destruction that erupted in Philadelphia and beyond, alongside protests for justice for George Floyd

She asks the burning questions about the nation's history of dissent and how the latest round of protests is sparking change. 

Disparities revealed by the COVID-19 pandemic — alongside several recent killings of unarmed African-Americans, including Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Floyd — made a difference in the way law enforcement treat and prosecute black people, both when they are accused as a perpetrator and when they are the victims. 

Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission Executive Director Chad Dion Lassiter joins Frank Meeink — a former skinhead, author and speaker — for a riveting discussion, along with Ralph Young, Temple University history professor and expert on dissent in America, and Rev. Pamela Williams, pastor of Ark of Refuge Tabernacle Church.

The newsmaker of the week is Jeff Brown, owner of Brown ShopRite, who discusses his efforts to rebuild and reopen his Fox Street and Parkside stores after they were looted. Brown said police offered little help, and he opines that because of racial disparities, the city may have overprotected Center City and left peripheral neighborhoods vulnerable to looters.

The Patriot Homecare Changemaker of the week is Christine Ramos Carr, owner of M3 Printing. Her company is giving away free Black Lives Matter posters to help neighbors start conversations on race. You can order a free poster here.