Democratic mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, who is white and whose wife and son are African American, was criticized by a syndicate of NYPD after explaining that he had brought his son Dante on “dangers” potential if interaction with police.
“We have said: ‘Listen, if a cop stops you, do everything I ask you, do not make sudden moves, and do not try to grab your cell’. Because we knew, unfortunately, that these gestures are more likely to be misinterpreted if it makes a young man of color, “said the mayor.
“It’s different with a white guy, is the reality of this country,” he said.
In an interview with ABC estimated that the recent police errors in America have its roots in “centuries of racism” in the country.
“The problem is systemic and must speak frankly about the racial dynamics of our history,” Bill de Blasio said on ABC. “Our police protect us, and although we find problems for decades, there is a history of centuries of racism explains this reality.”
“We can move past that. In New York, a new training set for police will make the difference, “he said.
For his part, President Barack Obama also spoke about racism that afflicts the United States on Sunday. The president asked time and attention to attack problems as rooted in American society such as racism and prejudice.
In an interview with BET, the president described a conversation with a group of young civil rights activists, including a leader of protests in Ferguson, Missouri, held last week in the Oval Office.
During the interview, Obama said that “this is something that is deeply rooted in our society, in our history” and urged patience, saying the process usually occurs in small steps.
America has come, he said, and that “gives us hope” further.
“We cannot compare what is happening now with what happened 50 years ago,” Obama said, “and if you talk to your parents, grandparents and uncles tell you that the situation has improved, not well in parts, but has improved.”
The president added that advises young people who are persistent because “usually progress is slow.”
When faced with something “so deeply rooted as racism and prejudice in any society, stay tuned, but recognize that it will take and you have to be persistent and not give up when they fail everything they want” Obama said.
BET published only a fragment of the interview and transmitted complete on Monday night.
From Wednesday there are demonstrations in New York and other major US cities in reaction to the decision of a jury not to prosecute a white police officer accused of killing an African American in Staten Island, south of Manhattan, suffocating. The scene, which took place in July, was entirely filmed.