Last Monday, civil rights activist Quanell X and Fox host Angela Box had a heated argument after the host blamed police brutality on black culture.
The two began arguing on Fox Faceoff after Box claimed that black culture is the “root” of police brutality. X and Box were discussing the incident where an officer threw a 16-year-old student across a classroom in South Carolina while trying to arrest her.
“I think it’s high time we start addressing the root causes of all this: the disrespect of teachers, this Black Lives Matter movement, this perpetual chip on your shoulder against everybody that’s not like yourself. It’s got to stop. We’ve got to address the culture,” Box said.
Box went on to say that the officer should have never been fired because she believed he was just doing his job.
“When you have a student disrupting the class, making life hell for the teachers and other students, it is impossible for other students to learn,” Box said.
“I do agree the cop went too far, but I don’t think he should have lost his job over it.”
X retaliated Box’s claim by arguing that the real disruption comes from students who bring weapons to school and put classmates in harm.
“Now, for you to say that we need to deal with the culture of black kids in schools, let’s deal with the culture of these crazy fanatic white boys who go in schools with guns and shoot and kill everybody,” he said.
Students that saw footage of the segment, like Chyna Davis and Jailyn Mitchell, are questioning Box’s claim on police brutality.
“I don’t understand how she could blame police brutality on an entire culture,” Davis said. “Culture has nothing to do with the way people should be treated.”
“I feel like, as a student, that [this] incident kind of hits home,” Mitchell said. “And then, the fact that people agree or somewhat support the officer’s actions is scary, too.”
A video of the argument was posted on Facebook and received almost 100,00 views, with viewers stating their opinions in the comments.