In an editorial in The Root entitled Whiteness is a Pandemic that was published on Tuesday, author Damon Young opined that indifference to climate change, endless wars, and systemic racism are “viruses” that “will not die until there are no bodies left for it to infect.”
That did not sit well with a fluorescently caucasian quartet of Newsmax commentators who on Thursday complained that “Blacks” were “pushing junk on the American people” because Young pinned society’s ills on the deep-rooted history of bigotry in the United States.
TED HARVEY (GUEST):
Well, I think this is a prime example of the failure of our public education system and our higher ed system. This is what they are teaching in, you know, high schools all across the country. This is what they are teaching in our government-funded school systems and higher ed. You look at where you’re seeing African Americans wanting to have segregated dorm rooms to separate themselves from the rest of the population. This is going backwards.
BOB SELLERS (HOST):
In the entire movement to have a color-blind society that we’ve been fighting for, for all of these years. And now we’re having the Blacks pushing this kind of junk on the American people. It’s saddening.
BOB SELLERS (HOST):
Ok. Final thought, Heather.
HEATHER CHILDERS (HOST):
Yeah. Race, sex, and gender, I think that you have to look at people as a whole and not this identity politics that we’ve started to do. This article is inflammatory rhetoric and should be treated as such. And, you know, in order to overcome a pandemic, what do you do? You wipe it out. So this is clearly inflammatory and it’s dangerous and everyone needs to recognize that.
Click here to watch the full conversation, courtesy of Media Matters for America.
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