Black Activist Shuts Down Correspondent's Racist Comments

November 4th 2015

A local correspondent at a Fox affiliate got into a screaming match with a Black community activist after defending the Spring Valley High School police officer who violently flipped a student and dragged her across the floor.

Correspondent Angela Box thinks former Sheriff's Deputy Ben Fields was “doing his job” and didn’t deserve to be fired. “This is no innocent little lamb,” Box said of the student.

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Activist Quanell X argued that terminating Fields should have just been the beginning.

“I think the district attorney’s office should indict him for assaulting that child,” X said. From there, the debate quickly devolved into shouting.

“This Black Lives Matter movement, this perpetual chip on your shoulder against everybody who’s not like yourself, it’s gotta stop,” Box said. Watch the argument below.

“For you to say that we need to deal with the culture of Black kids in school, let’s deal with the culture of these crazy fanatic white boys who go in schools with guns and shoot and kill everybody,” X fired back.

The two have had bad blood for a while. According to a local ABC news affiliate, Box filed a defamation lawsuit against X earlier this year, claiming he “painted her as a racist.”

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But Box’s viewpoints of the events in Spring Valley are objectively troubling because as ATTN: has previously reported, instances of racially motivated police brutality both in and out of schools are well documented.

Systemic racism is not a matter of opinion. Instances of white police officers using excessive force against African American stems far back in history. The Huffington Post reports that at the time of the 1991 beating of Rodney King—and the acquittal of the five police officers who attacked him—the video served as proof of police brutality for those in the U.S. who may have doubted it's severity. The invention of social media and camera phones has made that proof all the more accessible.

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The killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner have also brought police brutality to the forefront of mainstream discussion, but they are just two instances of many that have unjustifiably left African Americans injured or dead.

A report released on November 4 to the Associated Press points out that there were inequalities long before Martin and Ferguson occurred, though they also acknowledge the complexity of the problem.

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