Ark. senator's viral speech on racism and gun laws draws praise from Thabiti Anyabwile | 3/13/2019 | Staff
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Thabiti Anyabwile praised an Arkansas state senator's passionate speech on racism and gun laws.

Prominent Washington, D.C. Pastor Thabiti Anyabwile of Anacostia River Church was among many who praised Sen. Stephanie Flowers for rebuking her colleagues in the senate judiciary committee in an impassioned speech when they voted to limit public debate on a proposed “Stand Your Ground” law last Wednesday.

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Flowers, who is the only black member of the committee, spoke against the proposal, and refused to curtail her comments due to what she argued is the fear of how gun violence would impact her son as well as members of the black community.

“It doesn't take much to look on the local news every night and see how many black kids, black boys, black men are being killed with these Stand Your Ground defenses that these people raise, and they get off. So I take issue with that. I'm the only person here of color. I am a mother, too. And I have a son. And I care as much for my son as y'all care for y'all's. But my son doesn't walk the same path as yours does. So this debate deserves more time,” she told her white colleagues.

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“I'm in Pine Bluff. We have killings regularly down there. ... I don't know where Mr. Ballinger is from. But I can tell you for a long time since I've been back here in Arkansas, I have feared for my son's life. Now he's 27 and he's out of Arkansas, and I thank God he is when you're bringing up **** like this. It offends me. And then to limit the debate, too? This is crazy,” she said addressing Two Republican Sen. Bob Ballinger.

A dramatic clip of Flowers’ extended comments on the issue has since gone viral on social media, racking...
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