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viewers want to know what's next. who better to ask than -- >> these guys. >> reporter: a lot of people at comic-con think, leonard and penny, it's the dream for us. >> i hope so. i would like to represent that dream. >> thanks to tory diamond. "state of the union" with candy crowley starts right now. trayvon martin, george zimmerman, and barack obama. today, black, brown, and white in america. the conversation on the street. >> perfecting the union with our power panel. including one-time member of the black panthers and the turbulent '60s, illinois congressman bobby rush, and cnn's "crossfire" host
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newt gingrich. plus, profiling, a matter of law or a matter of the heart? congressional black caucus member javier becera and congressional black caucus member join us. then race relations five years after john mccain conceded victory to barack obama. >> we both recognize that, though we have come a long way from the old injustices that once stained our nation's reputation, the memory of them still had the power to wound. >> our exclusive with senator john mccain with his take on race in the obama era and his showdown over syria with the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. i'm candy crowley. and this is "state of the union." since the not guilty verdict a week ago, the i shassue of ra justice, and guns have dominated the public conversation. in more than 100 cities, thousands took part in justice for trayvon rallies. his father offered his thoughts. >> this sends a message to the
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nation that wire not going to sit back and let our children be killed and don't say anything about it. >> the subject of race is not always front burner, but it always simmers. joining me now is arizona senator john mccain, who ran against then senator obama in a presidential contest where race was often a subtext and sometimes a headline. after your gracious speech, everybody sort of thought and even talked about a post-racial era. what has happened? >> i think we were probably too optimistic. i think that old prejudices diehard, especially in tough economic times when the competition is exacerbated. i think the good news is, when you look at the military, when you look at the fact we have a president who is the first african-american president in history and we have made significant progress, but i think that recent events have
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obviously highlighted the differences that remain. what i got out of the president's statement, which i thought was very impressive, is that we need to have more conversation in america. i need to -- i as an elected official, i need to talk more to spanish organizations in my state, i need to talk to more african-american organizations. i need americans to talk to their friends and neighbors, not just those on their block or their circle of friends. >> i feel like we always say stuff like that, and then it dies down, and we don't do it. >> i think we continue to make progress, but there are events like this that highlight and emphasize the fact that we still have a long way to go. we cannot be complacent in our society when we still have a dramatic disparity between black youth unemployment and non-black youth unemployment when we still have these contradictions in our society. when we see the city of detroit in the largest bankruptcy in history. it's a wasteland. basically, the city of detroit is. what's the majority of the
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population in the city of detroit? is and that is -- who suffers the most now in detroit? obviously, we know the answer to that. so do we have to continue and emphasize affirmative action programs? yes, without quotas. do we have to do a lot of things in america? if you can salvage anything about this national -- debate t isn't the word. national clash of ideas, of thoughts about this trayvon martin case, it is that we've still got a long way to go, and i think the president very appropriately highlighted a lot of that yesterday, as only a president of the united states can. >> did you think that trayvon martin got justice? >> i trust the jury of his peers, of individuals. i can't second guess -- no one that i know of has said that this case was flawed, that it
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was corrupt, that there was anything wrong with the system of justice. >> but you understand how it could be seen, as the president talked about, through a prism of the history of injustice in the system? >> absolutely, i can see that. i can also see that stand your ground law may be something that needs to be reviewed by the florida legislature or any other legislature that has passed such legislation. obviously, a lot of things need to come up for review. but to somehow condemn the verdict of the jury, you would have to show me where the jury was corrupted in any way. >> do you think that stand your ground, the stand your ground law in arizona is worth looking at again. >> i think that, yes, i do, and i'm confident the members of the arizona legislature will. because it is a very controversial legislation. >> senator cruz has said that he thinks this talk about changing stand your ground legislation is just the obama administration's
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way to get at gun control. what's your reaction? >> i don't draw that conclusion. i just don't draw that conclusion. >> let me just switch up subjects quickly. that is to show you the cover -- go ahead. of course. >> and one addition. isn't this time for us to try to come together, and isn't it time for america to come together in light of several weeks of what is really exacerbating relations between elements of our society? i'd rather have a message of coming together and discussing these issues rather than con depositioning. >> so you think senator cruz's argument about gun control is inappropriate? >> i respect his view, but i don't see the connection. >> let me show you the cover of the "rolling stone." this got a lot of play this week. this, of course, is one of the boston bombers, one that's still alive. lots of complaints. stores pulled the cover. inside is an article about how does a young man, basically
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who's been in the united states for some time, turn into a terrorist. when you see the cover, what did you think? >> i think it's stupid, glorifying an individual who represents a great threat to innocent lives and was responsible for the taking of innocent lives. i thought it was stupid and inappropriate, but for me to tell them to pull their magazine from the book shelves at newsstands, it's not up to me to do that. i think most americans surrender to judgment on that. also, rolling stone probably got more publicity than they've had in 20 years. >> absolutely. and there is freedom of speech and freedom of pictures and all those things. senator, i want you to stand by for me. when we return, among other things, the former vice president's daughter is making a play for the senate seat in wyoming. senator mccain is standing by his man. we'll find out why next. the great outdoors...
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throughout the middle east region and north africa. look what's happening in iraq and unraveling there. you can only judge this on the basis of the facts. the fact is there's no united states leadership in the middle east. there's a backing there. and when there's a vacuum, bad people fill it. and that's what's happening all over the middle east. now, is syria specific? of course. jihadists are flowing in from all over the middle east, and by the way, from europe as well. >> is that a reason for us to stay out? >> well, if you think that doing nothing, that the situation will improve -- and no one that i know that knows syria believes that -- and i would argue that our failure to assist these people who are struggling for things we stand for and believe in has exacerbated this problem dramatically. this brings us a little bit to russia. it's an unfair fight, candy. >> a the lot of unfair fights that take place across the
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world. >> russians are all in. hezbollah with 4,000 or 5,000 troops. iranian revolutionary guard. it is now erupting into a regional conflict. it was not that at the beginning. in 1930s we had a thing called the spanish civil war that, when it came to become a proxy fight. this is now becoming a proxy fight between different interests in the middle east and outside the middle east, including significant involvement by the russians, while we sit by and watch these people being massacred. i year and a half ago, i asked when we were going to intervene when 7,000 had died. a year from now there will be another 100,000 who have died, and we sit back and watch this happen, and don't think that lesson is lost on all the other countries in the region, and it's a disgrace. >> i want to ask you, move you on to russia, but i also want to ask you if you have any reason to believe that the administration is cupping around to your very forceful opinions
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on this? >> well, i had a meeting with the president, senator graham and i, this week, and it gave us an opportunity to engage in a discussion on the issue. i hope that at least the options are being explored. but believe me, candy, this -- the middle east is erupting into conflict which will sooner or later -- sooner rather than later, affect american national security interests. it is a huge problem. you see iraq unraveling, afghanistan, we have huge problems there. all across, not to mention egypt, the heart and soul of the arab world is now in a situation which could lead to chaos for a long period of time. >> let me turn you to some domestic politics. liz cheney, daughter of the former vice president, has decided to take on republican senator mike enzi, who currently hold the seat, in a primary for that senate seat. what does this speak to inside
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the republican party? does it not say that there is a faction of the republican party that is going to challenge longtime sitting senators from the right? >> i think that may happen, and it's a free country and a free party, in my view. if people want to run for office, they can. if liz cheney wants to run for office. but i'm pleased to see that most people who have served with mike enzi have expressed our strong support because he's a good, solid, hard working workhorse. in old all the line about show horses and workhorses, mike enzi is the epitome of a workhorse in the senate. everyone is free to run, but i don't exclude anyone. >> but you're on team enzi at this point? >> absolutely. >> and you had sort of aative with the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff about what he was willing to say in public. have you in private gotten from general dempsey about what he would like to see happen vis-a-vis the u.s. and syria?
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>> no, but senator levin and i have sent over additional questions. i hope he will answer those. they are required and agree to give their honest opinion even if it disagrees with the administration's opinion. general dempsey didn't do that. i'm confident that we can work this out. one final word on russia, it's time to get tough with russia. it's time that we speak out on these human rights abuses, on these convictions, on this autocratic kgb colonel that continues to oppress the russian people in a way that we need to at least respond to, including expanding the magniski law. >> and also on snowden, of course. >> it has to have some effect, and right now we are showing no response. >> senator john mccain, thank you for coming this sunday. >> thank you for letting me squeeze that last one in. >> thank you so much. when we return, mending race relations in the wake of the george zimmerman verdict, and we'll look at how minority
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one of the problems with race, erin, with we never discuss race until something bad happens, and then what happens is everybody protects their own tribe. everybody says, ip going to defend my tribe, whether they're white, black, jewish, hispanic. it doesn't matter if you're right or wrong. we have this mentality we all want to protect our tribe. listen, we've got to start talking about race when everything is calm. >> that was the outspoken and opinionated former nba star charles barkley, who says, while he agrees with the verdict, he hopes it will cause an open dialogue about race in america. we hope so too. joining me now for just that is congressman javier becera of california and cedric richman of louisiana. thank you both so much. i want to play something that president obama said, addressing the issue of poverty and race
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relations and poverty and violence. >> some of the vips that takes place in poor black neighborhoods around the country is born out of a very violent past in this country. and the poverty and dysfunction that we see in those communities can be traced to a very difficult history. >> so no question that it has been a very difficult history and that that history remains in the mindset and in the memory of so many people. the question is take away the zimmerman verdict. these problems have been endemic in the u.s. for some time now. the first african-american president comes to office, and it's been five years, and these problems have not been addressed in minority communities. do you think that he has failed
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to address minority community problems? >> i think it's a lot harder than any one thing. i can just go back to maybe eight years ago we established the council on black men and boys in louisiana to do just this. it's a systematic problem, and if you look at the fact that 42% of african-american kids go to schools that are underperforming, you look at all of the socioeconomic factors. i think it's a lot harder. i will say i'm very happy that the president has come out to specifically say that black on black crime, urban youth violence, and all of those things because i think we have to be very specific in defining the problem before you can ever start to fix it. >> i guess my question comes from the fact that so often when you talk to minority congressmen, be they hispanic or african-american, and say how do you think the president is doing, there is disappointment in those private conversations?
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i'm wondering if you think there's more that can be done at a federal level, or are we talking about the kinds of programs you're talking about, just block by block, city by city? >> first, let's agree on something. this is bigger than one man. no one man, including the man in the white house, including a black man in the white house, can solve this by himself or herself. the president said something very important. we have a history on these issues. i think the more important thing that he said -- and i loved his speech -- was our children know how to deal with this better than we do, and that's the hopeful part of this. every generation, we do it better. as you said, it's not going to be sxwruft a matter of institutions a particular problem, it's about doing this as a collective, as a people, we're going to move together and heal and move forward together. >> there was also discussion by the president about profiling and looking at state laws and various things. it always occurs to me when we talk about profiling, george zimmerman wasn't a law officer. when the president talked about
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walking through a department store and being trailed or car doors locking when he crossed the street, that's not legislatable, is it? this is kind of, i think, what some people hope is that demographics and a changing america will do more to change the profiling mindset than any kind of law? >> the president said that was him 35 years ago. that's me on a daily basis, especially when i'm home in new orleans and i'm dressed down, it's something that black men still go through to this day, which is women clutching their purses, hitting the lock button on the door, or just basic attitudes. and even as a u.s. congressman, as a black man, it is very, very frustratin frustrating, and you build up an internal anger about it that you can't act on. so i sympathize with trayvon walking home, minding his own business, and then all of a sudden out of the blue you have someone there and then this incident occurs. i just want to say i think ben said it the best that i ever
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heard. our kids and myself, we have to worry about not only the bad guys but the good guys too because we don't know their intentions and we don't know how they view us. it's so frustrating, and i don't think that people outside of african-american males can really sense the frustration and the anger when it happens, especially when you're doing exactly what you should be doing, in this case, trayvon was just walking home. >> sure, but congressman becerra, i think maybe a little bit can you identify with that? i do think it's right. the president talked about prisms, and your experience certainly informs how you see things, but we hear more and more hispanics, particularly in the southwestern states with the immigration and who has papers and who doesn't, feel that they're being profiled. in the end, is that something that you can legislate? >> i don't think you can legislate attitude. one of the things that we find -- when i was pulled over once when i was 17, 18 years old, with some friends in the car late in the evening, the cop
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didn't stop us for any particular reason other than just to stop us. and you sort of factor that into your life. but there's something different going on here. i've never seen a president of the united states address this, address it personally, and that's a big difference that now you've got a president that says, i remember when that woman clutched her purse. i remember hearing the door locks click. that makes you think a lot more when your own president says that, and hopefully that's what helps us change attitude. it wasn't just the incident that was important, it's now really about the attitude. >> moving on from this. >> and i think you're right about profiling. that's something we can stop in the law enforcement sector, but we can't stop either racism or attitudes, and that, i think, will come from a dialogue. >> thank you so much for being here this morning, congressman richmond, congressman becerra, safe flights for both of you. when we return, civil rights activists want federal rights charges filed against george zimmerman. will the justice department be
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no justice. >> no peace. >> no justice. >> no peace. >> no justice. >> no peace. >> no justice. >> no peace. >> eric holder is reviewing what happened down there, but i think it's important for people to have clear expectations here. traditionally, these are issues of state and local government, the criminal code, and law enforcement is traditionally done at the state and local levels, not at the federal levels. >> that was president obama reacting to calls for the justice department to file civil rights charges against george zimmerman while around the country there were rallies in the wake of the trayvon martin verdict. looking at the issue that's raised passions from both sides, newt gingrich, cnn's "crossfire" host. and a delegate for newt gingrich last year when he ran for
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president. director of naacp legal defense and education fund. and a cnn commentator and opinion writer for "the new york times." we're sort of out of time with all your titles. let me start with a basic question. it seems to me that the president was lowering expectations a little bit there in that part of his speech, saying this was basically, has to be the state and local level to change the laws. people on the street saying justice for trayvon. what is -- what does justice for trayvon martin look like? >> let me just say what i've been struck with over the past week -- and i watched charles on a couple of shows and other conversations about this, there are two things going on. there's actually a case involving a specific set of fac facts, and there's a national explosion as people suddenly look up and are reminded that 4 1/2 years into this presidency,
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there are very deep, painful problems that not only have not been addressed, not even discussed. so i think you have a psychological thing going on, which is in the streets, and you have a legal case, and the president is partly saying there is -- and i think he's hinting -- there is no legal ground for the justice department to reopen this case, but the country needs to have some kind of conversation about how big the gap is between the black community and the rest of the country. >> and i would argue with the speaker that not only are the dots not being connected in the streets, people that are protesting now, justice for trayvon meant a guilty verdict for george zimmerman, and the separate dialogue that none of us are talking about and the president alluded to is the huge poverty that has been dragging down black americans for over 50 years, and that is a direct result of the breakdown of the black family. it's not like it's just happening out of nowhere, and that, i think, is the frustration we're not having an honest dialogue about. >> first of all, i don't think the president was saying there's
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no hope at the federal level. i think he was managing expectations, and i think that's important for him to do. he was essentially saying there's going to be an investigation, but there's no guarantee that you can bring a hate crimes, a federal hate crimes action against george zimmerman. i actually think the communities have been connecting the dots. i don't know that everybody's been listening. but people have been talking about poverty, the huge unemployment rate, especially for young african-american men in some cities reaching 50% and what that means. you hear it bubble up from time to time, sometimes at presidential press conferences. when people say justice for trayvon, in this i have to say the speaker is right, they're talking about the case and making sure we do everything we can to ensure that george zimmerman is held accountable for what happened to this young teenager, but we're also talking about the larger issue, and that's what the president spoke to. the larger issue in which racial profiling across gender, across economic class affects african-americans. it is the touchstone.
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it is the one thing that strikes to our very dignity, and that's what the president spoke to. part of it is about law. part of it is about something much broader. >> i think all of that's right. i think there is the individual ca case, but i think people are worried deeply about the precedents that are set if a person is allowed to walk away from killing someone and have no culpability in that whatsoever. i think that walking away speaks to the structural biases that exist within the system and within the laws, and people don't want those structural biases to get away scot-free. >> i will let you make a point, newt, in just a second, but i want to bring in somebody else. i want to show you something first that happened last year on the house floor, when one congressman broke official decorum and put on a hoodie
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after trayvon martin was killed but before george zimmerman was charged in his death. >> racial profiling has to stop, mr. speaker. just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum. >> joining me from chicago is illinois congressman bobby rush, who was there on the house floor, as you just saw. congressman, i heard a couple of things here. i know that you are having an urban violence seminar, meeting coming up. you represent one of the most certainly violent districts in illinois. you've had a the lot of problems with poverty, et cetera. when you look at, not the trial itself, but the aftermath, as newt gingrich was talking about, where do you see the base of this problem? >> well, it certainly lies in
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every community in which there is a significant black population, in every state, every city, every municipality in america. there's not one inch of america that does not have this problem where there are minor uts and where there are whites who are citizens. it's here in chicago. two years before trayvon martin here in chicago, we had a young homeless man who was accused of stealing a piece of -- a small container of toothpaste, and they said he ran out of the store. he was chased by a security guard down the street. four or five people held him down, and the security guard strangled him to death. when i wrote in protest to the
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cook county state's attorney, she said that she was not going to press -- bow down to political charges and charge this assailant with murder. so he's walking the street. anthony kaiser preceded trayvon martin. so it's all over america. >> has there been no improvement, congressman? in the years -- you have fought this battle for a very long time, and i think some things people feel like the fact that there is an african-american president says an awful lot about this country and prejudice. >> candy, at certain levels it does. at certain levels it does. young people -- and i wore that hoodie on the congress floor, i wore that to connect with the young people, to encourage them,
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because if it had not been for the courageousness of young people going to the streets, then trayvon martin would have been just like anthony kaiser. no one would have known that he was murdered. >> gotcha. >> so that was my purpose. that was my purpose. there has been some progress. i don't want to say there has not. but any time during this trial, i think the most vivid picture that i can't get out of my head was the defense attorney and his daughters licking the ice cream. it suddenly reminded me of pictures that i had seen years ago of lynch mobs standing around a black man hanging on a tr tree, and they were in all kinds of expressions of euphoria. it brought these things back. >> hang on a second. i want to get some reaction from
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our panel. earlier, i cut you off. i want to give you the chance. >> this fits perfectly with what i was going to say earlier. you have a congressman -- and i respect bobby rush. you have a congressman who represents the most violent city in america. you have a congressman who represents the city in which over 500 people were killed last year, 74% of them african-american. you have a congressman who represents the city which is 80% of the killings, according to police, are by gangs. gangs have increased -- let me finish. gangs have increased by 40% since this president was elected. there is no federal program to stop it. no one wants to have an honest conversation about it. and so you have a congressman whose own district is bleeding, who puts on a hoodie as a symbolic act, but he doesn't do anything about the gangs in his own district. >> wait a minute. >> hang on. first of all, congressman, let me let you -- >> that's a charge, newt, that is not going to hold, doesn't hold water. i have been working relentlessly
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since i've been in congress, even when you were the speaker of the house and didn't want to hear these matters. i have been working on trying to deal with this violence. i'm astounded and ashamed about this violence. but this is also systemic to an overall problem. chicago will take care of this violence. that's one of the reasons why on a friday, the 26th, we're having this national summit on urban violence. this was before the verdict we had planned this. the congressional black caucus is coming into chicago so that we can work on solutions to this problem. now, what i challenge you to, newt, especially today, i want to challenge you and your republican cohorts. today is a sunday. today is a day of worship. we serve and worship the same god.
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in michael 6:3-8, the words tell us that we should love justice, do mercy, and walk humbly with our god. now, for those folks who are cheering the george zimmerman verdict, i would challenge you and the rest of the, let us honor, and let us lift up the spirit of the words of michael 6:8 to work together to have the conversation, but not just have the conversation. let us deal with the disenfranchisement, and let us deal with the distortions as it relates to our nation. >> i know everybody wants to respond. i need to take a quick break. we will continue this conversation when we return. i want to get your responses to bobby rush. we'll be right back. d is importn you're running a successful business. so we provide it services you can rely on. with centurylink as your trusted it partner, you'll experience reliable uptime for the network and services you depend on.
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[ male announcer ] now get 50% off brake pads and shoes at meineke. we are back with newt gingrich, as well as congressman bobby rush. >> in the spirit of congressman rush's last statement, i've been working for six months to try to get the black caucus and the house republicans to swap districts. i think nothing would be more helpful than to get three days of the black member going into a republican district and three days of that republican going into a black district. so to whatever degree bobby can help me to get this happen, i think that begins a conversation that's real. >> and i want to pick up on something about what republicans -- excuse me, representative rush. you had some time here, and you accused republicans of not doing anything. senator mark kirk got $19 million in funding to combat the epidemic of gang violence in chicago. representative rush called him
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an elitist white boy because he's trying to solve a problem. you have 100,000 gang members in chicago. this year alone 200 people were slaughtered, mostly blacks. wait a minute. i just want to finish one point here. over the holiday weekend, july 4th, 62 gunned down in chicago -- i mean, shot. 12 died. i want to say one final thing. in 1965 daniel patrick moynihan wrote the negro family, the case for national action. you know what he found was dragging down african americans, the illegitimate birth rate was 23%. and there was increasing rise -- this is important. >> i need to get other folks in here. >> increasing rise in 1965, and the birth rate is 73%. that is the problem -- >> you've had your time. >> in communities all over this country, i've lived in baltimore for 20 years, same is true in chicago, gary, indiana, in new york, big cities all over this
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country. african-americans have been at every time one of these issues comes up, what we hear is this issue about black on black crime. the fact that there is crime within race, and there's no such thing as black on black crime. most crime happens within the same race. there's white on white crime too. the reality is we live in a gun-soaked violent society. what this verdict does is takes a very particular issue that african-americans for a long time have had with law enforcement, the issue of racial profiling, and now because of the stand your ground laws, because of our gun-soaked society, because of the concealed weapon laws, we're essentially saying that average citizens like george zimmerman, who have a fear in our racially anxious society, that a young teenager is a threat, can kill that teenager and can kill that teenager with impunity, the issue of gang violence does not change the reality -- >> i must -- i must -- i must
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say this. i must say this. >> the issue is not crime in the black community. >> everyone is talking. congressman, if you'll hold on for one second, i just want to get charles in here and i promise i will -- since we have talked about your district here. go ahead, charles. >> i just hate when we reduce problems and try to say this one thing. >> exactly. >> is the problem. racial scars are deep and racial memories are long. and i think that once you understand that a lot of things go into creating problems and there will be a lot of factors that will go into solving problems and we are not reductive in the way that we think about solutions to problems, that we understand that how bias works within us and within the system, that we understand that there is explicit bias and there is -- there is also implicit bias that we're not even aware of. that that feeds into a system,
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whether or not that is a police officer and the way that they interact with people that they come into contact with or whether or not that is a health care provider and whether or not they provide the appropriate and equal kinds of treatment. all of that -- >> let me -- >> hang on one second. >> congressman, can i just ask you a quick question here because we don't have much time. would you go to newt gingrich's old district and wherever its current place is and go there and walk the streets three or four days and i will ask him if he's willing to go to your chicago district. >> candy, i would do it in a heartbeat but let me just say because i want us to understand that i not only am a member of congress, i pastor a church. as soon as i get off this seat
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right now, i'm going to jump in my car and head to my congregation to preach this morning, all right? the engelwood community is probably one of the most violent communities in the city. i'm there. i've been there for ten years. what i am calling on not only newt but the other republicans is if they are really believe in their faith, if they are really going to church this morning and it really makes a difference to them, then i am -- if there's one lord, one faith and one baptism, then demonstrate that. demonstrate that by not just pointing fingers -- not pointing fingers at the problem. >> but joining in with the solution. >> but understand there is a real serious issue of disinvestment in our communities. disinvestment. >> i hope you will come back, congressman. i am really running up against the clock. thank you so much.
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you've got 15 seconds -- >> newt, count me in, newt. count me in. and you come to chicago. >> we'll get both sides to talk to each other. >> count me in. >> we have an agreement. >> count me in. >> thank you so much, newt gingrich, crystal wright, sherrilyn ifill. when we return, saying good-bye to a journalist who loved making presidents squirm. immune system... [ ding! ] ...heart health... [ ding! ] ...and muscles. [ ding! ] that can only be ensure complete! [ female announcer ] the four-in-one nutrition of ensure complete. a simple choice to help you eat right. [ major nutrition ] nutrition in charge. ...and a great deal. .ce thanks to dad. ou eat right. nope eeeeh... oh, guys let's leave the deals to ooh that one! nice. got it! oh my gosh this is so cool... awesome!
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thanks for watching "state of the union." i'm candy crowley in washington. fareed zakaria gps is next, but first i want to say a word about veteran newswoman helen thomas, who died yesterday. she would have turned 93 next month. most of her obits contain the word "pioneer." she was that, spending much of her career hacking through the thicket of male-only press clubs and washington institutions. the first female to cover a president. first chief white house correspondent for any wire service. first female member of this club or that. helen thomas was also my first friend in the white house press corps. i was in my 20s when i was assigned to that beat, pretty
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excited and totally afraid the biggest names in journalism working there wouldn't think i belonged. helen was one of the first to reach out. no one was nicer or more helpful, all the more amazing given that she worked for upi and i worked for the competition, the a.p. we were not close friends, but after i left the white house, we would see each other at girls dinners or covering the same stories. she would invariably mention something i had written. her support was unfailing. helen the journalist was dogged, fierce and, yes, many times asked loaded questions. she drove press secretaries and presidents crazy and what's wrong with that? she was opinionated, more publicly in her later years when she was a columnist. her offhand harsh words for israel ended her career. helen the person was funny and she loved gossip, particularly when it involved dalliances in the press corps and she was not about being the first woman to do this or that, she was about making sure that she was not the last woman to do this or that. last year i won an award given
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by the american newswomans club of the i had not seen helen for some time. she was frail and the sheer effort it must have taken for her to get there overwhelmed me. i hugged her and thanked her for coming. she had that "i'm up to something" smile of hers and told me i wouldn't have missed it. i'm so proud of you. good for you. helen thomas had a full life. she did not live perfectly, but she lived passionately and she made a difference. thank you, helen, for hacking your way through the thicket to make a path for the rest of us. thank you for being my friend. this is "gps," the global public square. welcome to all of you in the united states and around the world. i'm fareed zakaria. you hear all the talk of paralysis and partisanship, but underneath all that clamor, is