Kenneth Frazier, CEO of pharmaceutical firm Merck.
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Merck CEO Ken Frazier stated Monday that George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died by the hands of Minneapolis police, may have been him.
“What the African American group sees in that video tape is that this African American man, who could possibly be me or some other African American man, is being handled as lower than human,” Frazier stated on AnotherBillionaire Information’s “Squawk Field.”
Protests have erupted throughout the USA in current days over the dying of Floyd. Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer who was filmed kneeling on Floyd’s neck earlier than he died, was taken into custody on Friday and charged with third-degree homicide and manslaughter in his dying.
“What the group noticed was, till they went out into the streets, this officer — a lot much less even the opposite officers — was not even going to be arrested for what was clearly inhumane therapy of a citizen,” Frazier stated.
He famous racial inequities throughout U.S. society, from schooling to well being care to the prison justice system. As a baby rising up in Philadelphia within the 1960s, Frazier was one of many few inner-city African People bused out to colleges greater than an hour away.
“I do know for certain that what put my life on a unique trajectory was that somebody intervened to present me a possibility, to shut that chance hole,” he stated. “And that chance hole continues to be there.”
Frazier stated that leaders within the enterprise group is usually a “unifying power” and have the power to create jobs and new alternatives.
“Joblessness results in hopelessness,” he stated. “Hopelessness results in what we see within the streets.”
Earlier than Frazier was interviewed, Black Leisure Tv founder Robert Johnson advised “Squawk Field” the U.S. authorities ought to present $14 trillion of reparations for slavery to assist cut back racial inequality.
“Now’s the time to go massive,” Johnson stated.
To Frazier, change by the “polarized” U.S. political system is tougher.