Excerpt of Newscast from May 30, 2020
Fellowship Note: For the May 30, 2020 Newscast, I interviewed two demonstrators and one racial justice educator in Minneapolis and Wanda Johnson, the mother of Oscar Grant, who was killed by Bart Police Officer Johanese Mehserlee in 2009. I produced the entire 30 minute newscast and did all elements of this story ranging from the interviewing to the editing to the production on my own. This entire newscast can be found at KPFA.org in the archives on May 30, 2020 for the 6pm Weekend Evening News.
Since Officer Derek Chauvin squeezed the life out of George Floyd by kneeling on his neck as one officer watched and two others held down Floyd's body people across the nation have been in the streets demanding accountability and change.
Chanel Rivers is in Minneapolis and has been participating both in the protests and in the clean up of her city. She spoke about the situation in her city and offered some perspective on what narratives aren't being illuminated in mainstream media. Wanda Johnson, the mother of Oscar Grant, joined our conversation and spoke about what it's like to watch history repeat itself 11 years after her son's life was taken, and why she refuses to stop fighting or give up hope for change.
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