African People’s Socialist Party Chairman Omali Yeshitela was interviewed by 970 WFLA Tampa Bay’s News Radio show “AM Tampa Bay,” in a piece entitled:
“Uhuru movement founder Omali Yeshitela responds to the latest police shooting that has led to unrest in Milwaukee.”
The recent police murder of Sylville Smith in Milwaukee was discussed. WFLA hosts asked the Chairman about the recent “unrest in these neighborhoods in the big cities.”
The Chairman explained how the unrest is a “normal response to the ongoing murder of African people in this country by the domestic and military organization called the police department. Especially in the face of the fact that the so-called justice system seems incapable of doing anything to stop it or to punish the perpetrators of these gross murders [that have] been viewed publicly by millions of people throughout this country and around the world.”
The hosts brought up that Smith “had a gun,” and implied that because of this, his murder was justified. The Chairman pointed out that this radio station is a champion of “Second Amendment Rights,” so the fact that an African man had a gun should not be a reason for police to murder him.
The two white hosts of the radio show repeatedly interrupted the Chairman, and often yelled and screamed over him during the interview, in a ridiculous fashion.
Chairman Omali Yeshitela explained the history of colonial violence against Africans and how this is continuing today in the U.S. and around the world. This point was missed by the hosts, who tried unsuccessfully to turn the interview into an inflammatory scream fest.
Link to audio here:
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