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March 29th, 2012
04:29 PM ET

Rep. Brown interview sparks debate on Twitter

Yesterday, Brooke was joined by Florida Rep. Corrine Brown to discuss the controversy surrounding the death of Trayvon Martin. During the interview, Brown was asked if she and other African-American lawmakers would be as concerned about the case if Martin was not black. Brown responded by citing the case of a young white girl murdered in her district; however, she could not remember the young girl's name. The interview prompted a debate on Twitter and now, Brooke responds to the criticism.

Programming note:  Be sure to tune in for CNN's special town hall event, hosted by CNN's Soledad O'Brien.  "Beyond Trayvon" airs Friday night at 8:00 pm ET!

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  1. Wes

    Great job Brooke! Way to keep these politicians honest!

    March 29, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  2. lisa

    does anyone believe in God! law makers have their friends and sometime criminals get away with taking lives.... but God will have justice served you can rest assure that he saw what happened and if zimmerman is guilty ( I feel he shouldn't of been so close to the child to be able to kill him so yes he's wrong) he will get his. maybe his sins will come back and he will feel it from his own child....

    may God bless the Martin family and may your soul rest in peace.

    March 29, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
  3. Larry

    Trayvon's death is tragic. Corinne Brown is an embarrassment and the black community has many issues that need to be addressed. I wish the President, Black congressmen/women and all of the "Activists" would use this platform to speak on black on black crime, gangs, drugs, teen mothers, education, etc...

    March 29, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
  4. Nick

    The question was innocent enough. Like anything else, you want an answer to be as detailed as possible, and attaching a name to the person adds detail. It wasn't meant to be a trap question. Brooke asked for something innocent, and Corinne Brown just as innocently couldn't remember the name. It's a simple misunderstanding.

    March 29, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
  5. Adam

    We all knew the Congresswoman was lying. She's not "equally" concerned about the white girl. If she had answered honestly and just say "i have to admit, that I am biased cause Trayvon was black", the congresswoman would've earned my respect though I may not agree with her bias. But instead, she proves herself to be a fake and a fool.

    March 30, 2012 at 1:47 am |
  6. Michael

    I give Ms. Baldwin a lot of credit for asking an important question even though I'm sure she knew she'd be getting a good deal of negative blowback . It is so important to keep public figures honest and to have the courage to ask respectful but tough questions. It is so much better to examine things fully before getting on a bandwagon. Good job.

    March 30, 2012 at 8:05 am |
  7. gotteskind

    Ithank everybody who brought ligth upon this dark eternal problem called racism. That let some people say they are superior and others are subordinate or inferior.white or black or yellow whose shadow let see the realskin' color it is sad.with the new concept "globalisation" I think we are. One.and then we never compare one thing and the beauty ofthe world comes from as well as god created different colors one people.so we need equality that can easily help the world to grow up .god bless america ,god bless the world..

    March 30, 2012 at 10:34 am |
  8. joecunningham

    Brooke earned my respect when she asked the cocamamie racist should not we wait til the jury is out to make such bad comment about the pol-ease?

    March 30, 2012 at 11:07 am |
  9. justadad1

    Most African American kids who are the victims of violence in this country are nameless and faceless as far as the national media is concerned. The media is much more likely to bring attention to a white victim. This happens year after year, in case after case. I have never once heard a journalist ask anyone, including other journalists, whether their interest in a case was based on the fact that the victim was white. Never. Once. That is what is offensive about Ms. Baldwin's question. I cannot think of another case involving an African American victim that has generated this kind of public attention. To suggest that Blacks are only concerned because the victim was African American is truly offensive.

    March 31, 2012 at 2:36 am |
  10. Jeff

    That was as outstanding interview. I love seeing disingenuous politicians on either side of the political spectrum fry themselves. Thanks for giving her the pan and turning up the heat!

    April 9, 2012 at 3:14 pm |

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