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MSNBC Guest: Capitalism Is the 'Oppressive Force' That's Holding Back Black Americans

"I think that’s the institution all over this country, it is really what is the oppressive force."

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Community organizer, "hip-hop activist," entrepreneur and MSNBC guest Rosa Clemente said Thursday on "The Ed Show" that Capitalism is the "oppressive force" that often keeps black Americans from achieving "economic justice."

"The problem extends beyond police departments. What is the next institution that needs to be isolated and challenged?" guest host Eric Dyson asked Clemente.

"The economy. Capitalism," Clemente responded.  "I think that’s the institution all over this country, it is really what is the oppressive force."

Clemente went on to say that law enforcement officers keep working-class people from achieving "economic justice."

"Economic justice is not devoid from racial justice, just like it’s not devoid of gender justice," Clemente added.

The guest MSNBC host seemed to agree: "Absolutely," Dyson said.

Watch the exchange here:

The topic of police brutality and the extent of police force has become a hot-button issue during the last several months.

Tensions bubbled over when Ferguson, Missouri police, officer Darren Wilson shot and killed unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown in August.When the Missouri grand jury decided in November not to indict Wilson on any charges a series of often violent protests erupted in a number of cities across the country.

And now with a New York grand jury's more recent decision not to indict the police officer who killed Eric Garner in July, the issue of racial injustice has become a regular topic for many politicians, pundits and activists.

(H/T: Daily Caller)

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