Today would have been Breonna Taylor's 27th birthday. She's dead. On March 13, LMPD officers shot her in her apartment after activating a no-knock warrant in search of someone who was not there. Breonna's boyfriend Kenneth Walker awoke from the police invasion and shot at what he thought were burglars. Police returned fire, wounding Walker and killing Taylor. Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets to honor Breonna in a movement launched following the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd. Four police officers have been arrested over Floyd's death but none of the Louisville officers have been charged in the killing of Breonna Taylor. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer appeared on the radio with me tonight to answer questions about the protests, Breonna's
Are America's recent race riots caused by 19th century slavery? Do some people of color -- Jay Z -- use them for personal financial or political gain? Or are people using select police actions to create unchecked mayhem? Will there be backlash or progress? Meanwhile, African Americans keep killing each other in staggering numbers (when compared to other races in percentage of overall population). Noted African American scholar Thomas Sowell: "You cannot exempt people, of any color, from the requirements of civilization — including work, behavioral standards and personal responsibility — without ruinous consequences to them and to society at large." The Rev. Louis Farrakhan preaches about a race war following Ferguson riots over alleged white police abuse toward African Americans.