STEPHANOPOULOS: Let’s pick up where I left off with Dr. Carson right there. He says we have to grow up.
STACEY ABRAMS, AUTHOR, OUR TIME IS NOW: I think that is a fairly infantile response, actually, to say that words don’t have meanings, that dates don’t have meanings, that dates don’t have power.
This is from the administration on the fourth anniversary of the Pulse murders of the LGBTQ community stripped away health protections for that community. This is the same person who had to be convinced that having a rally that would necessarily traditionally attracted people who do not care about black lives, that they were going to have this rally in Tulsa, at the site of black massacre, and it took a week of cajoling to make him move.
And so, let’s be very clear, this isn’t about growing up. It’s about taking responsibility and having accountability for the actions that have been taken by this country and by people acting on behalf of this country and we do have a day of reckoning and that day of reckoning is going to continue until we actually make change.
STEPHANOPOULOS: We saw immediate taking responsibility last night in Atlanta. I want to ask you about that incident last — over the weekend in Atlanta, the killing of 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks.
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms did speak out on this yesterday. Let’s listen.
MAYOR KEISHA LANCE BOTTOMS (D), ATLANTA: While we have a police force full of men and women who work alongside our communities with honor, respect and dignity, there has been a disconnect with what our expectations are and should be as it relates to interactions with our officers and the communities in which they are entrusted to protect.
STEPHANOPOULOS: What a disconnect that is. She mentioned it’s the third time in the last two weeks she’s had to review police video.
ABRAMS: And that is why you saw the reaction from protesters, that is why the virulence of anger remains. Activists are necessarily calling into question what’s actually being done.
And what I would say is that there is — there’s a legitimacy to this anger, there’s a legitimacy to this outrage. A man was murdered because he was asleep in a drive-through and we know that this is not an isolated occurrence.
We also know that a man taking a Taser from a police officer in Pennsylvania resulted in his arrest, but because this person was black, it resulted in his death.
Those are conversations that have to be had, not only through speeches but through the decisions made by budget allocations, and I think that’s the next conversation we have to have in Atlanta.