A Fox News host slammed colleague Geraldo Rivera Tuesday morning after he appeared to suggest that the dominant issue surrounding unrest in Ferguson is race.
“I’ll tell you what will happen. They’ll have a trial. The white jurors will see it one way, the black jurors another,” Rivera said. “The white jurors will look at that convenience store surveillance tape. They will see Michael Brown menacing that clerk. The white jurors will put themselves in the shoes of that clerk. They’ll say, of course the officer responded the way he did — he was menaced by a 6-foot 4-inch, 300-pound kid, 10 minutes fresh from a strong armed robbery. The officer was defending himself. The white jurors will put themselves in the white officer's place."
"The black jurors will see Michael Brown despite his flaws as the surrogate for every black youngster ever shot by a cop," he concluded.
That assessment of the situation did not sit well with "Outnumbered" host Harris Faulkner, who accused Rivera of "reaching for the low hanging fruit."
"What you are saying is that the nation is divided, particularly in a microcosm way," she told him. "Ferguson, Missouri is divided black and white and that's the only issue here. That is poor-sighted, it's short-sighted and it's just not true."
Faulkner insisted that there are "a lot of things happening" in Ferguson contributing to the unrest, including economics and the militarization of police.
"This is more than a racial issue," she said. "And for you to pick off the low hanging fruit is offensive and it incites more of it to go on. It's irresponsible."
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