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Chicago’s Pastor Corey Brooks on Protests, Looting and Problems in Black Community

Now entering its third week, the George Floyd protests in America have cascaded into “Black Lives Matter” race demonstrations, as well as rioting and looting which has devastated a number of cities which were already suffering from three months of COVID lockdown. How will it end? Can America’s ‘race’ issues really be fixed? 

UnHerd reports…

Freddie Sayers speaks to Corey Brooks, pastor and founder of the New Beginnings Church in the South Side of Chicago, an area that has been badly affected by looting and rioting in recent weeks. The pastor discussed the damage this has caused, why the police are allowing looting, the failures of both liberal and conservative policies and cultural problems within the black community. He told us:

• Banks, pharmacies and groceries stores in primarily black, impoverished parts of Chicago were hit hard by looting over the past week.
• Police officers seemed to be standing down as this looting occurred – he saw at least one occasion where they allowed a store to be looted.
• Solutions like defunding the police are misguided – “I don’t want to live in an area without police” — but reform is urgently necessary.
• Both far-Left (Antifa) and far Right (white supremacists) are bringing damage to the country.
• Donald Trump has made mistakes but he is still ‘my President’.
• Obama’s management of the riots would have been different but not necessarily better.
• There was a false dawn with Obama’s election — the racial situation did not improve under his presidency.
• The black community needs to work on its own cultural challenges of violence, weak families and a lack of entrepreneurial ambition
• Self-hatred in the community stems from generations of racism too.

Watch this informative interview:

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