Marc Lamont Hill Gets Candid About White Supremacy and Police Brutality Against Black People

"We need fundamental changes in society," the VH1 Live host said in light of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile's deaths.

VH1 Live host Marc Lamont Hill stopped by Democracy Now! to discuss the tragic deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two Black men who were fatally shot by police officers this week. Hill didn’t mince words, saying Castile and Sterling’s deaths confirm something we already knew: The United States has a deep-rooted white supremacy issue and views Black bodies as dangerous and disposable.

“What we’ve seen over the last 48 hours is just a reenactment of a very, very, very common American tradition of not only killing black bodies, but also, then going out and justifying the death by criminalizing the victim, by demonizing the victim, by marginalizing the victim and by constructing narratives about how and why they deserved what they got,” Hill told Democracy Now! hosts.

The 37-year-old Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond author expanded on this, noting that the first thing media outlets pointed out about Sterling was his criminal record (which was irrelevant to his shooting).

“Selling CDs is not a capital offense,” Hill said. “Neither is having a criminal record. And so, at that moment, the only question that should be asked is, did the police behave appropriately? And based on what we saw on the video, they did not. But somehow, we justify that certain people are worth saving, certain people are worth surviving and other people are not.”

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