It’s true. Vanita Gupta, head of the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, told a lawyers group in Colorado that slavery and Jim Crow were responsible for the Ferguson and Baltimore riots.
Let’s start with the first question and consider the source of the mistrust. Mistrust can’t be explained away as the kneejerk reaction of the ill-informed or the hyperbolic. It’s in part the product of historical awareness about the role that police have played in enforcing and perpetuating slavery, the Black Codes, lynchings and Jim Crow segregation.
Slavery: Democrat Policy.
Jim Crow: Democrat Policy.
Personally, I disagree. The reason the people in Baltimore and Ferguson rioted is because generations of Democrat Progressives have conditioned them to believe that they have absolutely no chance of making it in a “racist society,” and they should just accept poverty, bad education, and welfare as the best they can expect.