In the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement, the television personality admitted that her maternal instincts kicked into high gear while covering the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of White cops.

“I mean, I now worry about Will, who is 33 years old, walking his freaking dog in the neighborhood, you know, because I think everybody is on such a hair trigger these days,” Gayle told Entertainment Tonight.

“And you know, I don’t want my son, your son or anybody’s son, really, to be a part of a national conversation where there are pictures shown nationwide and everybody knows their name and their circumstances where they’re dying,” she continued.

When Gayle brought up to her son that these protests feel “different” from ones in the past, he soberly responded, “‘You know what, I’ll believe it’s different when it’s different, because right now, it isn’t different.'”

Still, the author said she’s trying to remain optimistic. “I’m starting to feel a little lighter ’cause I’m really encouraged, really encouraged, by the diversity of the protesters, by the length of the protests, and that 12, 13 days out people are still on the street because they know there is still so much work to be done,” Gayle shared.

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