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CNN's LZ Granderson Chokes Up During Riveting Segment on Danger of Being Black in America

Added 05-29-20 11:34:03am EST - “LZ Granderson got choked up while describing the stress of being black in America ?" and particularly of being the father of a black teenager ?" in a riveting segment that left co-anchors Jim Sciutto an” - Mediaite.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Mediaite.com: “CNN's LZ Granderson Chokes Up During Riveting Segment on Danger of Being Black in America”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

CNN columnist and ESPN host LZ Granderson got choked up while describing the stress of being black in America — and particularly of being the father of a black teenager — in a riveting segment that left co-anchors Jim Sciutto and Poppy Harlow speechless.

Granderson appeared on Friday morning’s edition of CNN Newsroom just hours after Omar Jimenez — a black CNN correspondent — was arrested along with his entire crew while reporting on the unrest that has attended the in-custody killing of George Floyd.

In an intense segment, Granderson related his own harrowing experience with police, which he detailed in a new column for the LA Times, to Jimenez’s arrest.

“To see what happened to him on live television was absolutely heartbreaking,” Granderson said of Jimenez. “I teared up because I know how traumatic it is to be surrounded by police officers and not quite sure what’s going to unfold next.”

“I know people think, oh it was on camera, it was on television, nothing bad was going to happen,” he continued. “Well, say that to Mr Floyd. Say that to Eric Garner. Just being in front of a camera, just being on television isn’t enough. Being a professional isn’t enough. Being educated isn’t enough. Being rich isn’t enough. When you have darker skin, there is no insulation for this type of behavior.”

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