Aaron Mak was a newspaper intern this summer sent to cover a Black Lives Matter protest in Milwaukee. As an Asian-American, he was surprised to become a target of violence – and equally surprised when his race saved him from further damage. This hour, we’ll talk with him about his experience, which he recently wrote about for Politico. And later in the hour, we’ll further examine how minority groups relate to one another with Kat Chow of NPR’s “Code Switch” podcast.
In this July 10, 2016, file photo, Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson talks to the media after his release from the Baton Rouge jail in Baton Rouge, La. Max Becherer/AP Photo
Protestors march along Florissant Road in downtown Ferguson, Mo. Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. The group marched along the closed street, rallying in front of the town's police headquarters to protest the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson police officers on Saturday night. Sid Hastings/AP Photo