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Gayle King has opened up about fearing for her son Will Bumpus Jr.'s safety as a black man in America, saying has asked him to not take his dog for long walks in his neighborhood because 'everything is so volatile.'
The CBS This Morning anchor appeared on [ ] on Wednesday to discuss the nationwide protests over the murder of [/news/george-floyd/index.html George Floyd], an unarmed black man who died at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer.
'My son is 33 years old and I'm worried about him,' King, 65, told the show's hosts, explaining that Will lives in the Santa Monica area in Los Angeles County where there have been a number of protests.
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Sharing her thoughts: Gayle King, 65, appeared on The Talk on Wednesday to talk about the nationwide protests over the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer
Opening up: The CBS This Morning host said she is 'worried' about her son Will Bumpus Jr.'s safety as a black man in America, saying 'everything is so volatile'
'He could hear the police choppers and he could hear the sounds of the city,' she said. 'Santa Monica, as you know, is a very affluent town. He lives very close to that...But I'm worried about him walking his frickin' dog! He's 33!'
King recalled asking him: 'Will, please, don't walk [your dog] Scott. Please, don't take him for long walks.' She also advised him not to wear a black mask when he steps out of his home.
'I worry for him being a black man, period,' she said. 'And now everybody is so amped up about everything. I do, I worry a lot about his safety...Welcome to being black in America. This is not new.'
King, who also has a 32-year-old daughter, Kirby, stressed that 'this is about humanity,' saying she has recently had many white people reach out to her to ask how she is doing.
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Neighborhood: Will, pictured with his mom as a baby (left) and as a young boy (right), lives in the Santa Monica area in Los Angeles County where there has been a number of protests
Worried mom: King said she has asked Will to avoid taking long walks with his dog, and she also advised him not to wear a black mask when he leaves his home
Fears: www.klnjudo.com 'I'm worried about him walking his frickin' dog! He's 33!' she said, later adding: 'Welcome to being black in America.' Will is pictured with his dog last year
'The current answer is nobody should be doing good right now. Nobody should,' she noted. 'But I think white people are viewing this like, "Holy cow, this happens this way? This happens in this country?" Yeah, it does.'
Floyd, a 46-year-old unarmed black man, died in police custody in Minneapolis, on May 25, after being arrested for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill at a deli.
White officer Derek Chauvin, who has been charged with murder, knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes while he was in custody. Floyd became unresponsive and was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
'The police officer had his knee on the neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, guys, and for two minutes and 53 seconds he wasn't even moving — and he still kept his knee on his neck,' King said. 'The details are so horrific and shocking.'
Citizens in cities across the country have been protesting the murder of Floyd, and so many other black Americans at the hands of the police.
Family: King also has a 32-year-old daughter, Kirby. she shares both children with her ex-husband William Bumpus, whom she was married to from 1982 until 1993
Struggling: King said that 'nobody should be doing good right now,' noting that many white people have finally realized that police brutality happens all of the time in America
Looking to the future: 'If something doesn't change after this, shame on us,' she told the hosts
'Maybe, just maybe, this will be the change. Maybe this will be the case. Maybe this will be the one,' she said. 'If something doesn't change after this, shame on us.'
King said covering stories about racial injustice makes her emotional as she recalled Floyd's last words before his death.
'That's what's making me emotional — that his last words were "mom, mama,"' she said. "This is what's getting me. It goes to the primal instinct that we all have. Because your mother is your ultimate protector. And his mother died two years ago. But we didn't even know that at the time.'
The first of a series of memorials for Floyd was held in Minneapolis on Thursday, with celebrities, musicians, and politicians gathered in front of his golden casket at a sanctuary at North Central University.
The service took place as a judge less than a mile away set bail at $1 million each for three of the four fired Minneapolis police officers charged with aiding and abetting murder in Floyd's death.
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