Garner Widow & Daughter: “It’s Not a Black-White Thing”
Al Sharpton is not pleased.
Esaw Garner (shown), the widow of Eric Garner, told a nationwide television audience that she does not believe the death of her husband at the hands of police was racially motivated. It was not “a black or white thing,” she said, contradicting the inflammatory narrative that is being pedaled by much of the media commentariat, race activists, and the United Nations.
In a December 7 Sunday interview with NBC’s Meet the Press, Mrs. Garner blasted New York City law enforcement, claiming her husband was “murdered unjustly” as a result of a police chokehold. But she threw a wrench into the Left-liberal narrative that her husband is the latest poster-victim of rampant racism in American law enforcement.
NBC reporter Chuck Todd attempted to steer the interview along the racism propaganda path, beginning with his opening comment and question: “Your husband is now the face of bias in our law enforcement; how do you feel about that?”
“”I really don’t feel like it’s a black and white thing,” Mrs. Garner responded. She believes it was a case of excessive force that had to do more with a police culture of harassment of citizens, but not necessarily based on race. However, Al Sharpton, who was sitting beside her in the NBC studio, was not about to allow the racism issue get away. The infamous race baiter jumped in to insist that if Eric Garner were of a different racial background, that if he were not black, he would have been treated very differently.
Protests erupted around the nation following a Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo in Garner’s death. This followed closely in the wake of riots and violent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere in response to a failure by a grand jury to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown.
As in the cases of Brown, Trayvon Martin, and others, Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and their media allies have pushed mightily to turn the tragic deaths into racial conflagrations. But not everyone is willing to fully cooperate in the deadly race game they are promoting.
Eric Garner’s daughter Erica has also voiced the same concerns that her mother mentioned. “This is not a black and white issue. This is a national crisis. I believe this is a crisis,” Erica Garner told CNN ‘s Don Lemon during an interview on December 4. “I mean, for white people to come out and show how deeply they was hurt, and Asians and different people from different nations and different parts of the world to come out and show they felt the same way I felt. I greatly appreciate it.”
In the video, Don Lemmon seems to be pressing Garner for a more racially tinged response: “I’m sure, do you think this was a racial issue?”
“I really doubt it,” she said. “It was about the officer’s pride. It was about my father being 6’4″ and 350 pounds and he wanted to be the top cop that brings a big man down,” Erica continued. “I mean, my father wasn’t even doing anything. He didn’t have no gun, he didn’t run, he didn’t smack him — nothing.”
When Lemon pressed once more on the race issue, Miss Garner said, no it wasn’t about race. Rather, “it was about police and their abuse of power.”