A CNN panel went berzerk on Monday after a guest suggested that black people are prone to criminality. The CNN analyst argued that it was unfair to call out racism in law enforcement because black people are prone to committing crimes, sparking a heated shouting match with other guests.
Harry Houck who is a former NYPD detective was the CNN analyst who undertook the task of defending the police force on the recent killings of two black men.
He insisted that the rhetoric that the officers involved in the police shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile targeted the men because they were racist “has got to stop because I’ve got statistics right here which will prove me right.”
Following that statement, he proceeded to launch into a list of statistics about the racial makeup of criminal;
“In New York City alone, blacks are 23 percent [of the population],” he said. “They make up 75 percent of all shootings, 70 percent of all robberies, 60 percent of all violent crimes. White only 3 percent. That is why there are more blacks in jail than there are whites.”
CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill weighed in after some heated back and forth, seemingly to give him a chance to correct himself, “Harry just went on national TV and said black people are prone to criminality.”
Harry on his end refusing to back down from his statement, returned with an; “Well, they are.”
Marc Lamont Hill tried a second time, this time specifying that he was giving him a chance to correct himself;
“You don’t mean to say that. I’m going to give you a chance to correct [yourself]. You don’t mean that black people are prone to criminality.”
Harry Houck, however, stuck stubbornly to his view, firing back that “The statistics here show this, what does this say?”
It is amazing to find someone in this day and age who is so stubbornly insistent on such racist views, to the point of airing them in his role as a CNN analyst. Thankfully, the rest of the panel was more aware of the injustices committed these past few days.