CBS’s O’Donnell to Loretta Lynch: Do police shootings show ‘individual racism’ or ‘institutional racism’?

CBS’s O’Donnell to Loretta Lynch: Do police shootings show ‘individual racism’ or ‘institutional racism’?
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Source: Patrick E. McCarthy

[Ed. – Either or]

In the first network interview with new Attorney General Loretta Lynch for Friday’s CBS This Morning, co-host Norah O’Donnell used recent police shootings to push accusations of racism: “Your first day on the job, you were dealing with what was going on in Baltimore….I mean, we’ve had Ferguson, we’ve had Cleveland, we’ve had North Charleston. What’s going on in this country?…is it individual racism or do you think it’s institutional racism?”

Lynch replied: “You know, I think that when you look at America and for all of its glory and all of the wonderful things that it achieves, it’s clear that we still have issues involving race in this country.”

O’Donnell touted Lynch’s biography: “Loretta Lynch grew up in North Carolina surrounded by the issue of race. Her grandparents were share croppers, her father, a minister and a civil rights leader. And her mother, she says, had a backbone of steel in the segregated south.”

Moments later, O’Donnell sympathized: “I mean, even as a young lawyer you were mistaken many times for-” Lynch completed the sentence: “Oh, the court reporter. I think many a young female lawyer has had that experience, going into the deposition and people thinking that you’re the court reporter.”

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