TV host Sean Hannity clashed with Baltimore activist Adam Jackson on Monday night, asking whether the violent protests unfolding in the city over loss of Freddie Gray, an African American man who died in police custody, are the "type of protest" that he wants to be associated with.
"You've got a city that is burning, you've got police officers being attacked, you've got looting," Hannity said. "Is this the type of protest you want to be a part of?"
Jackson, who said during the exchange that violence isn't an "effective strategy for justice," but that he won't "moralize on black people," posited that the chaos in Baltimore is rooted in how the police and government have treated African Americans.
"This is a response to the violence of the Baltimore City Police Department," he said. "People talk about the fires burning in Baltimore — there has been fires burning of mass incarceration, racist policing practices … this is an outgrowth of these things in the first place."
Jackson, who is the CEO of an activist group called Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, went on to say that both Democrats and Republicans have failed to fix conditions for black Americans, blaming the paradigm on the "elite class of politicians in Baltimore."
Hannity, though, focused on the violent actions being taken, claiming that these tactics aren't a viable solution to fixing peoples' grievances.
"We shouldn't be moralizing peoples' frustration and pain," Jackson said. "[What] we should be moralizing is the systemic violence that has been put on black people in Baltimore … for decades."
Going back and forth with Hannity on the finer details, he later said, "You're not concerned about the welfare of black people."
Watch the clash below: