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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


Frankie Barnhill is the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast. She's always interested in hearing surprising and enlightening stories about life in the West. Have an idea for Idaho Matters? Drop her a line!
Gemma is the host of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show which broadcasts live Monday-Friday at noon. She is an award-winning journalist and has spent the majority of her broadcasting career in Idaho. Gemma was a television news anchor and reporter in Boise for close to 15 years. She came to Boise in 1999 to start Fox 12.