Journalists pride themselves on composure and objectivity, but sometimes a story just comes too close.
That was double for Gayle King on Tuesday, who looked shocked when she told two big stories in which black people were threatened by whites. The first concerned Amy Cooper, the woman in Central Park who called the police and told them "an African American is threatening me" after African American Christian Cooper (no relationship) politely asked her to leash her dog. Mr. Cooper's video of the incident went viral, provoked outrage, and compared to Emmett Till.
In the second story, the worst result of a black man's encounter with white domination was recognized: Minneapolis-born George Floyd lost his life after gasping for breath when a policeman held his knee to Floyd's neck for over five minutes. This tragedy was also recorded on video and broadcast to the world via social media.
"Thank God again that there is a videotape," said King after watching the footage of both incidents. "As the daughter of a black man and mother of a black man, that's really too much for me today."
"This last story still shakes me and it practically strangles your dog to make these false accusations against another black man," King continued before commenting on the Floyd footage. "I'm still so upset about this last story, in which the man is handcuffed under a car where people plead that he can't breathe and we watch a man die."
"So we move from this story to this story in which she falsely accuses a black man on television," King continued. "I don't even know what to do or how to deal with it. I know that … I'm speechless. I'm really, really speechless about what we see on TV this morning. It feels to me like an open season and sometimes it's not a safe place for black men in this country and today it's too much for me. "
Check out Gayle's emotional reaction from 1:50: