- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 24, 2020

Cheryl Dorsey, a retired Los Angeles police sergeant and Black activist and author, slammed Kentucky Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who is also Black, as “not kinfolk” during appearances on CNN and MSNBC Wednesday.

“Let me say this as a Black woman: He does not speak for Black folks,” Ms. Dorsey said on “MSNBC Live With Ayman Mohyeldin.”

“He’s skin folk, but he is not kinfolk,” she said. “And so just like he thinks they can’t speak for Kentucky because he’s up there with a Black face, he does not speak for all of us. This was not a tragedy, this was a murder. He should be ashamed of himself.”

Ms. Dorsey’s comments came after a grand jury in Kentucky decided not to indict police officers for the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black EMT, in March.

Ms. Dorsey was specifically reacting to Mr. Cameron’s remarks during a press conference addressing the decision, where he called Taylor’s death “a tragedy” and said, “Sometimes the criminal law is not adequate to respond to a tragedy.”



Ms. Dorsey repeated the “kinfolk” claim later during an appearance on CNN, telling host Jake Tapper she found Mr. Cameron’s remarks during the press conference “offensive.”

“He’s skin folk, not kinfolk. He doesn’t speak for me,” she said.

Black filmmaker Ava DuVernay echoed the same sentiment on Twitter.

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