Senator Dick Durbin discusses yesterday's "Ending Racial Profiling in America" hearing held by the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights.
Ron Brownstein discusses the National Journal's new event "The Next America: How Diversity Is Reshaping Politics and Policy," and explains how changing demographics are affecting the social and political dynamics in America.
Editor's note: Soledad will talk with Kenneth Chamberlain Jr. this morning live on "Starting Point" at 8:30amET. The original package on the story aired on AC360°.
The call for help was not unusual. A 68-year-old veteran with a heart condition had tripped a medical alert device he keeps around his neck in the early hours of a winter morning. The company that services the device informed a 911 operator the device had been triggered and asked for an ambulance to go to the address.
But police arrived at Kenneth Chamberlain's apartment first. And hours later Chamberlain was dead, not from his heart condition, but from two bullets fired by White Plains, NY police officer Anthony Carelli.
Now Kenneth Chamberlain’s family has joined civil rights activists alleging this case raises similar questions to that of Trayvon Martin who was shot dead by a neighborhood watch volunteer: Do police or civilians trying to enforce the law shoot first and ask questions later when they are dealing with African Americans?
This week, CNN is going in-depth as part of the AC360 special "Kids on Race: The Hidden Picture." Soledad teamed up with Anderson for the project, talking to some children who had some provocative opinions on race.
This morning on "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien," Soledad profiles Davionne, a 6-year-old African-American boy who struck researchers with his overwhelmingly negative opinions on interracial friendships.
There was no question about how he felt on mixed friendships. He told the tester that kids cant play together if theyre not the same color.
"Why cant you play together if you dont have the same skin?" the tester asks.
"Cause your mom might not want you to play with that friend," Davionne replies.
Davionne consistently alluded to a 'mom' not wanting a child to play with another child of a different race. Soledad sat down with his parents while they watched his test. His mom, who is a teacher, said his answers weren't lining up with the lessons shes tried to teach him.
She said she doesn't talk much to Davionne about race, but she did emphasize to her son that he should treat people the way he wants to be treated. Both parents said that he might have just been giving answers he thought they wanted to hear. His mom said he is a very pleasing child, but it still begs the question as to what would make a 6-year-old boy so pessimistic about interracial friendships.
See the segment in full above.
Leigh Anne Tuohy, mother of NFL player Michael Oher, weighs in on issues of racism around the Trayvon Martin case.
Anderson Cooper and Soledad O'Brien preview tonight's AC360 special report called "Kids on Race: The Hidden Picture."
"Starting Point" anchor Soledad O’Brien will host a townhall looking at the latest in a case that has consumed the conscious of the nation: the shooting of Trayvon Martin.
"Beyond Trayvon: Race & Justice In America" airs on Friday, March 30th at 8p and 10p ET on CNN.
The special will look at the latest in the investigation in the case, and examine the many angles that have come into play including: the investigation, allegations of racial profiling, gun laws and Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. The audience will also ask questions of experts in an effort to find the truth in the story.
Share your thoughts on the show here, or visit the In America page to participate in the live blog.
The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza explains how Rep. Paul Ryan's endorsement of Mitt Romney will shape the GOP presidential race, if it means the GOP is finally coalescing behind one candidate and what happens to Rick Santorum in the process.
On "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien," Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) explains why she believes the Trayvon Martin shooting was a hate crime.
Waters was joined by Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Missouri) responds to criticism that black leaders are exploiting the Trayvon Martin case. He says the country has to address its 'low esteem' for black life.