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Being black in America has always been difficult and with the current political climate it can be downright overwhelming particularly when we witness racism affect our children not just in their interactions with people we call our neighbors each day, but as pawns within our own government.  Commentator and political analyst Angela Rye has always been extremely vocal in drawing attention to these issues and in a recent conversation among a CNN panel about racism in the Republican party, Rye got emotional when expressing how fed up she is with the current state of the country.

When former Rep. David Jolly told CNN’s Don Lemon that he believes President Trump has shown racist tendencies and even apologized for it, Rye shared that at times it’s all too much for her, a sentiment many African-Americans can relate to:

“At this point I’m emotional. We’re constantly gas lit. I’m told every day that I’m on air that I’m racist because I call out racism.”

“That is maddening to me. And I’m crying about it because it’s crazy.”

Rye went on to express that she is personally offended at the racism children of color have had to endure such as an incident that occurred with a young man from Ohio named Uriah Sharp who had the police called on him when he mixed up some of the addresses while delivering circulars along his paper route. A frustrated Rye pleaded that our children deserve better:

“That is so frustrating. We’re supposed to be talking about a 12-year-old boy who was just trying to deliver newspaper and the police are calling him in Ohio where Tamir Rice was killed in the same age.”

“I want to be acknowledged and see that this is not OK for our children. This is not OK for the future direction of this country. So, I want to say, I commend you for saying what you said. It means the world to me.”

Former congressman Jolly emphatically agreed with Rye who denounced the current administration for emboldening racists. He agreed that the Republican party has participated in efforts to “normalize” racism:

“We can’t forgive it. We can’t normalize it. We can’t suggest that he can be the figure of a party that we subscribe to. It’s heartbreaking. It is not an easy conversation. It sucks. Everything about it sucks. But, this is the president and he is the leader of the Republican Party and he continues to peddle what is very clearly racist tendencies.”

Rye wrapped up her thoughts by reminding the audience that racism isn’t something that has recently appeared:

“We cannot continue to say that racism just surfaced. It’s been here. This country was built on that. We cannot turn our minds.”

You can view the emotional exchange below:

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