MSNBC host Tiffany Cross proclaimed Saturday that she is willing to undertake the "the most radical" of solutions to fix what she believes is a problem with police brutality and racist law enforcement.
Cross was reacting to the recently released video of Ronald Greene, a Louisiana man who died in 2019 while in police custody.
The New York Times reported Friday:
The death of Ronald Greene after a police chase in Louisiana in 2019 is attracting new scrutiny after the publication of police body camera footage that appears to show a starkly different version of events than the one given by the Louisiana State Police.
What did Cross say?
Speaking on her MSNBC show, Cross declared that it's "time to burn it down," referring to what she and many activists believe is a problematic criminal justice system.
"I am outraged, and exhausted, and angry. That video is practically unwatchable. And I think about that man's family, and his mother, and what they must be going through," Cross said.
"And I just wonder— this is clearly not a system that can be reformed, and I just— what can we do to stop this? Because it feels like it's just time to burn it down, you know?" she continued. "We ask, please stop killing us. It hasn't happened. At this point it's a demand and it's still happening."
Later, Cross admitted she is "up for the most radical of things" to prevent more black people from being killed by police.
I don't even know the words to describe the level of outrage I feel thinking about what this man's— his mother had to watch that tape. You've organized all over the country. I am so ready for this fight. I am so ready for this fight, because I don't want to see another person go through that. How do we organize ourselves out of this quagmire? They're attacking our voting rights. They're attacking our lives and livelihoods. They're killing us if they're not over-criminalizing us and putting us in jail. As a longtime organizer what is it that we do?
Because I have to say, as a people, for my people, I am up for the most radical of things to make sure that we live.
Last summer, activists already tried to "burn it down." Riots characterized the summer months in major cities nationwide following the death of George Floyd.
Initially, support for activist groups like Black Lives Matter increased. But the BLM movement has since plummeted following months of violent unrest.