Former NAACP Head: Black Youth Afraid For Their Lives With Police Like Colonists With Redcoats

December 5th, 2014 2:42 PM

You say you want a revolution?  Former NAACP president Ben Jealous just analogized the fear for their lives that black youth feel about police to the fear the colonists felt toward the "Redcoats"—British soldiers during the time of the American Revolution.

Jealous, now with the leftist Center for American Progress​made his inflammatory claim to Ronan Farrow on the latter's MSNBC show today. Rather than challenging Jealous, Farrow thanked him for his "impassioned take."  Has it come to this?  A significant civil rights leader analogizes race relations in the United States to the revolution that led to the creation of our country, and all an MSNBC host can do is thank him for it?

BEN JEALOUS: The real tough part here is that if you think about the founding of our country, these young [black] people are as worried about their lives at the hands of the local cops as the colonists were at the hands of the Redcoats. You would think we could do better than this. 

RONAN FARROW: Thank you for your impassioned take on this and all the work you do.