Scenes of blacks rioting, looting, setting buildings on fire is what Democracy looks like? Are you kidding me?
DON LEMON, CNN: First With Marc Lamont Hill, let’s talk. You are in New York City. The gentleman there, he said he is up in Harlem. He’s marching. He said listen, this generation, we have a voice and they don’t want police brutality. He’s got to get back to Staten Island. That’s another issue. But we’re looking, you know, at the protesters there. Is this a generational thing? Is this a young people’s movement, Marc Lamont Hill?
MARC LAMONT HILL, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: It absolutely is. You know, Dr. King used to say when dogs bite us in Birmingham, we bleed everywhere. I mean, this is a reenactment of that practice, you know. Someone got hurt in Ferguson and we’re bleeding everywhere. You see around the country protest. The protest chants in Ferguson last night was if we don’t get it, shut it down.
You see people shutting down highways. You see people shutting down roads. You see people shutting down games and operas over the last few months. It’s an exciting moment for young protesters. As again, the violence is one thing. And we can bracket that for a moment and talk about the 99.9 percent of the protesters who are trying to make change in the spectacle of protests and through organized action, cop watch programs, educational intervention, voter registration drives. This is what activism is like. This is what democracy looks like.