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Two Black Idaho leaders reflect on police violence: "The boiling point has been hit"

Madelyn Beck
Boise State Public Radio
A protester holds a sign in support of Black Lives Matters at the Idaho Capitol in Boise on Sunday, May 31.


For the last week, protests have been held across the United States over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died at the hands of white police in Minneapolis last Monday. All four officers involved were fired after the killing but only one former officer has been charged in connecton with his death. 

Of course, this is not the first time that an unarmed Black person has been killed at the hands of American police, and it’s not the first time protests have broken out in reaction. So the question is: will this time finally be different? Will calls to confront systemic racism be heard? And how will Idaho — an overwhelmingly white state with its own problems of racism — react? 


Joining Idaho Matters today to talk more about this is Phillip Thompson of the Idaho Black History Museum, and retired Idaho State Sen. Cherie Buckner Webb. The mother and son duo share their perspectives on this historic and convulsive time in American history. 

Have a question or comment for the show? Tweet @KBSX915 using #IdahoMatters


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