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Dr​​ Mary Frances Berry is a professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania and serves on the board of People for the American Way. She served on the US Commission on Civil Rights from 1980 to 2004, including as chair from 1993-2004. 

She, a black, supremely well-educated American woman speaking on BBC  says the rioters/protesters weren’t responsible for the fires, the cop who killed the black bloke was”! 

On the Beeb’s Radio Four Toady programme, with the clip commencing around  08.49. The BBC commentator asked the perfectly reasonable question, “Aren’t the  people who set fire to the Police station ‘arsonists too?” This African-American woman says, and I really think that she genuinely believed this; “No, the people who got angry, the people who wanted  better  accommodation,  the people who protested, the people who saw what happened, they aren’t to blame for the fire: the guy  who put his knee on that black man’s neck: he’s the guilty one!”

This is  the kind of discombobulated thinking which has landed America in the pickle it now sees itself.

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