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‘A Red Herring’: MSNBC Guest Doesn’t Think We Should Be Talking About Missouri Race Riots [VIDEO]

MSNBC guest Dr. James Peterson claimed that the media shouldn’t be talking about the violent race riots going on in Missouri over the police shooting of an African-American teenager, calling it “a red herring.”

Peterson spoke with Dr. Michael Eric Dyson on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” Tuesday. The duo discussed the shooting of Michael Brown and the days of riots that have followed — although Peterson wasn’t too keen on discussing the violence and looting at all. (RELATED: News Photographer Needed His War Gear To Cover Missouri Riot Following Police Shooting)

“I think first and foremost, for us to be outraged at the response to the murder of Michael Brown doesn’t make a lot of sense to me,” Peterson claimed. “Because the outrage needs to be directed at the source.”

“They can handle the riot and stop the riot and control the riot,” he said dismissively. “But the real question is can we get our criminal justice system, can we get our police departments, to acknowledge the humanity of black and brown folks?” (RELATED: FAA Issues Flight Restriction After Rioters Fired ‘Multiple Times’ At Police Helicopter)

“So I think our energy needs to be focused on that,” Peterson asserted. “It’s not that rioting is a good thing, but you know, as MLK said, rioting is sort of the language of the oppressed and those that are silenced. And those young people in that community have been oppressed and they’ve been silenced.”

“Those are the thing we have to stay focused on,” he concluded. “To be talking about the riot — for me personal, it’s a red herring.” (RELATED: Al Sharpton Calls For Peace And Federal Investigation Of Black Teen’s Shooting Death)

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