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'Skid Row Pastor' Explains The Depth Of The Anger Felt By Protesters

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As L.A. heads into its fifth day of protests, Stephen “Cue” Jn-Marie – a.k.a. The Skid Row pastor – says that the uprising isn’t only about police brutality.

"George Floyd was the spark, but this crowd was protesting more than just the death, the murder of George Floyd. They were protesting income inequality, capitalism. That's why you're seeing them burning stuff. Student loans, all of this. Health care. Most of the crowd were between 16 and 35. So the young people in America are saying, ‘We are done. We are finished.’"

Speaking to KPCC’s Libby Denkmann, Jn-Marie added that the presence of the National Guard at the L.A. protests seems like it launched a vicious cycle.

“I feel like the same violence we’re denouncing is the same violence we’re using to try to stop violence.”

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