Erica Garner, daughter ofÂ Eric Garner, was just one of the few who weren’t pleased with ABC’s Presidential Town Hall.
The social activist was seen walking out during the taping of the Town Hall segment when the network producers ignored her questions on air. Garner then released a video to the Huffington Post, saying “ABC is using black lives as a rating and to get paid.Â They guaranteed me that I would be asking the president direct questions about whatâs going on. I was lied to.”
Garner also took it to Twitter to continue:
Yo this town hall that presidential town hall #abc arranged is a farce. It was nothing short of full exploitation of Black pain and grief
— officialERICA GARNER (@es_snipes) July 14, 2016
ABC released a statement on the controversy, “We took an extra 30 minutes to get to as many people as we could during the town hall. The President spoke to several people after the event ended, including at length with Erica Garner,” though Garner claims that wasn’t what she agreed on.
that was not the agreement with ABC. The agreement was "if any questions get asked on air, mine would" https://t.co/ZAWlz5b3Rx
— officialERICA GARNER (@es_snipes) July 15, 2016
Meanwhile, the Garner family has joined together to create a song in memory of Eric and the recent police killings ofÂ Alton Sterlings andÂ Philando Castille. Titled “I Can’t Breathe,” the song features a heartfelt verse from his brotherÂ Steven Flagg and his sisterÂ Ellisha Flagg on the vocals.
Stream the track below and let us know what you think.