In the interview, Steve and Kimberly discuss further her recent viral video in which she gave a powerful, eloquent speech, explaining in detail why the current protests are happening and the difference between protesting, rioting and looting in 2020.
Highlighted quotes from the interview include:
- Steve Harvey’s experience at 11 years old when Martin Luther King Jr. was killed:
○ “I’m 63 years old…I’m so sick of racism. I’m so sick of having to have dealt with it my entire life” – Steve Harvey
○ “The death of Martin Luther King changed my attitude so deeply at 11…” – Steve Harvey
○ “The part that always got me about the ‘I Have a Dream’ speech was ‘When little black boys and little white girls join hands’…” – Steve Harvey
○ “He just wanted everybody to get along. Wait a minute, so you killed the one dude who just want us to get along? At 11 years old that shaped my thinking…” – Steve Harvey
- What Steve and Kimberly had to say about the killing of George Floyd:
○ “Y’all saw the video of the knee on the neck. We live with the knee on the neck” – Steve Harvey
○ “No one person is allowed to be judge, jury, and executioner. No one.” – Kimberly Jones
- Steve’s thoughts on the current protests:
○ “This is the first time in my life I have ever seen white outrage over a black cause” – Steve Harvey
○ “In this quarantine moment, when the world was frozen, for the first time they saw what we saw” – Steve Harvey
○ Thoughts on looting
■ “I don’t recommend it for young people because then they say you break the law and once they can say you break the law, then they get to apply the institutional racism…but I do understand it.” – Steve Harvey
- Kimberly’s thoughts on racism and a potential way forward towards solution:
○ “The only way something is going to come out of this is if we start making the necessary changes ourselves because it’s been proven…that we are on our own” – Kimberly Jones
○ “Racism is not a black issue that white people need to emphasize with. Racism is a white problem that they caused that they need to fix, but I don’t have faith anymore that’s gonna happen” – Kimberly Jones
○ “We’re gonna have to dig deep and look at some of the ancestors that were able to be successful on their own and we are gonna have to borrow some of their tactics” – Kimberly Jones
Today’s interview follows Facebook’s announcement that it is committing $200 million to support Black-owned businesses, Black creators, and nonprofits serving the Black community.
The funding — in the form of cash grants and ad credits — is part of the social giant’s pledge to invest $1.1 billion to support Black and diverse suppliers and communities in the U.S by the end of 2021. You can find more information on Facebook’s pledge HERE.