Daughter of Eric Garner Makes Moving Statement at Memorial for Slain NYPD Officers

emerald-garnerFor a while I’ve said that one of the biggest problems we currently face in this country when discussing racial issues is that whenever a national story involving possible racism dominates the news, usually one of the first faces you see is Al Sharpton making sure that he gets as much camera time as possible. And no matter how you feel about Sharpton, it’s undeniable that he’s a very divisive figure. Even quite a few within the African American community view him as an opportunist.

He’s just not someone who’s ever going to bring people together. In fact, his involvement usually only divides us further.

That being said, in my opinion, Eric Garner’s daughters would be great leaders for this movement to hold bad cops accountable. And while I have absolutely no idea if they have any desire to dedicate themselves to “lead” in this debate, what I’ve seen thus far from these remarkable young women has been fantastic.

First, there was Erica Garner who, while millions of Americans (including Sharpton) insisted that her father’s death was about race, had the courage to come out and say that she didn’t believe her father’s death had anything to do with his race. Instead, she said her father is dead because of pride and insecurity of the officer who used a chokehold on him.

I found her comments so remarkable because she wasn’t buying into the “this is all about race” narrative that had been continually pushed since her father’s death. Her take on why the officer used such force on her father, at least in my opinion, made much more sense based on evidence. “It was about the officer’s pride,” she said. “It was about my father being 6’4″ and 350 pounds and he wants to be the top cop that brings a big man down.”

And now we have Eric Garner’s other daughter, Emerald Garner, visiting the memorial setup for the two NYPD police officers who were ambushed and murdered. She told reporters that she went there to let the families of the slain officers know that her family stands with them.

“I just had to come out and let their family know that we stand with them, and I’m going to send my prayers and condolences to all the families who are suffering through this tragedy,” Garner said. “I was never anti-police. Like I said before, I have family that’s in the NYPD that I’ve grown up around, family reunions and everything so my family you know, we’re not anti-police.”

These are the voices that should be leading the call for justice in their father’s name. They’re not trying to turn this into some kind of divisive “black vs. white,” “pro-cop vs. anti-cop” or “left vs. right” debate like so many others have been doing for weeks. They’re not trying to “win” an argument.

These young ladies are pushing for common sense, accountability and togetherness – which are values far too many people on either side of this “debate” have been lacking.

Watch her comments below via ABC News:

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Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Jim Bean

    Trouble is, the sentiments of Garner’s survivors are problematic for the injustice collectors in the black community (like Sharpton/Obama/Holder, et’al) and the white liberals (ie, De Blasio) who seek redemption by agitating the black community, so they must be dismissed.

    For the Left and for select blacks, this cannot be about the rare misguided cop, it has to be about race. Otherwise, Liberals can’t earn their Righteousness Badge and those particular blacks can’t vent their racial grievances.

    What a shame that the input from those closest to the issue is cast aside by those claiming to be the most concerned. What a shame that reason so seldom prevails.

    The black community has taken a giant leap backwards on this one. Not only have they further alienated law enforcement, they have upped the ante by adding Asians and Hispanics to the list of those harboring an understandable racial bias against them.

    (Good job Allen. Every now and then your conservative gene wins out.)

    • Eric Dillon

      You’re ridiculous.

    • Jordan

      The point of the article is that this shouldn’t be a political conversation because it has nothing to do with politics. You couldn’t even make it through your first sentence without proving incapable of handling this very simple task.

      • Jim Bean

        And I didn’t bring any politics into it. I brought ideologies into it and that’s sure as hell what it is.

      • Jordan

        “and the white liberals (ie, De Blasio) who seek redemption by agitating the black community, so they must be dismissed.”

        That’s you bro. That’s political.

      • Jim Bean

        No, that’s racial.

      • Jordan

        The entire thing you’re just blaming the left because you’re on the right…

        … Of something that shouldn’t be political in the first place. The entire comment was political. If you can’t see that then please describe the color of the sky on your planet.

    • Cemetery Girl

      The acts of one individual are proof of racial bias against those that are Asian and Hispanic?
      Since you frequently point out that you are not “Left”, please don’t state how everyone that does not share your political views see things.

      • Jim Bean

        The act of one individual killing an Asian and a Hispanic police officer will not endear those communities to the shooter who was black and they will associate it with a black community temper tantrum.

        Racism can have a perfectly rational foundation and trying to snuff it out on the basis of political correctness is an exercise in futility.

  • Jillz

    The Garner girls are making their father proud. I hope their voices can be heard through the noise.

    Special blessings to the Garner family, and to the Ramos and Liu families as they face their first Christmas without their loved ones. :”(

  • OyCuffookHumid

    I have suggestion for all you libtards. Go ahead, protest. The police than have every right to beat the tar out of you. You scum bags. These police who represent you sorry Louise’s are putting their lives in play to secure us. These folks are working on Christmas Eve. God Bless you Police Men and Women. You are true American Hero’s. So much to be thankful for. Merry Christmas. May Jesus be a light on your shoulder.

  • OyCuffookHumid

    Furthermore, you are protesting on behalf of thugs, druggies, gangstas, hoodie wearing punks. You fookin morons. For Bless George Zimmerman, Officer Wilson, NYPD and all police world wide. Merry Christmas to all

  • bobmoon

    In the aftermath of the murder of Eric Garner at the hands of the NYPD I must commend Mr. Garner for the values that he instilled in his daughters. I know that these young women are doing their best to defuse what could be a racially charged event but as a distant observer I couldn’t disagree with them more. We have been plagued with so many instances of cops killing unarmed people of color over the last 20 or so years that my feelings on this subject have been formed by just too Gawd Damned many of these reports to NOT be an affirmation of racial profiling.

    • OyCuffookHumid

      Says who Bobby? You fookin moron. The cops are the victims you jackarse. How about you get on an elliptical. Your baker chins are unhealthy. You are really a little chubby

    • OyCuffookHumid

      You do realize that you are a fat fooker, don’t you? Very unhealthy.