Steve Harvey held a wide-ranging town hall on race and policing as news of police-involved shootings in Tulsa, Okla. and Charlotte, N.C. and the subsequent unrest dominate headlines. In one segment he discussed how carefully he trained his sons to act during any sort of encounter with police.
“Don’t give them a pin to stick you with,” he said. “Always speak politely. Refer to him as ‘sir.’ Do not talk back. Submit to every single thing he tells you and let’s try to get back to the house.”
The town hall features a number of guests including Black Lives Matter member Ja’Mal Green, Tonja Garafola, widow of slain Baton Route Sheriff’s Deputy Brad Garafola, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn, Oakwood Hills, Ill. Police Chief Pete Goldman and Deb Besinger, a white woman who adopted three black children.
“We need education and we need jobs, period. You would eradicate the majority of crime with education and jobs. You give these average kids out in these streets that’s forced to hustle a job, they’ll take it.
It is not within any feasible American’s mind, whether it’s Black Lives Matter whether Blue Lives Matter: nobody wants an innocent person to be killed and nothing done about it. When you kill somebody that don’t deserve to die, you have to pay.”