The recent shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota and Texas did not surprise award-winning journalist Juan Gonzalez. In fact, he expected it, based on his theory that an uprise in riots and police brutality happens repeatedly.
“Every 25 years, the police departments of America reach a point where they become so abusive of their citizens that there’s a resistance from their citizens and a call for reform,” Gonzalez said. “But the problem is that the institutions never learn the historical lessons.”
In this interview, Gonzalez, the co-host of Democracy Now!, explains and advises Latino millennial journalists on their role in the digital age of journalism and how the partisan past of journalism has affected today’s narrative about race in the media.