The racial divide in America after eight years of Obama identity politics has pretty high. And groups like Black Lives Matter exploit that, painting every situation where a policeman shoots a black person as a murder, regardless of the facts. Then NFL kneelers pick up that chant and push BLM politics on football, seeking to turn it into a social justice league.
How did we America get to this lack of clarity on race?
CNN host Don Lemon and political commentator Marc Lamont Hill didn’t help bridge the divide when they mocked the response of white people in a recent poll on a segment of Lemon’s show.
The segment revolved around an NPR poll published on Monday in which 92 percent of black respondents said they believed there was discrimination against blacks and 55 percent of whites felt there was discrimination against Caucasians.
“A new poll shows that the majority of white Americans believe there’s discrimination against their race,” Lemon began. Before he could finish what he was going to say, Hill shook his head and smiled, which caused Lemon to begin laughing.
“White people are amazing,” Hill responded.
Hill laughed, claiming, “We can’t even get discrimination to ourselves!”
Hill claimed that the problem was that when white people, who are “in a position of privilege and power, when that privilege and power is taken away — even a little bit” — that feels like discrimination to them.
But as James Barrett with The Daily Wire pointed out, Lemon did not address the actual language of the poll, nor the follow-up questions. While Hill and Lemon reported the poll showed that 55 percent of white people believe they personally are discriminated against, what the response showed was that 55 percent of whites felt there was discrimination against whites in general.
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A middle-aged white man enjoying a moderately successful professional career, for instance, might never have personally experienced discrimination, but could well be aware of white college students having trouble getting into the school or program of their choice because of affirmative action programs or some similar impediment. That man could be among the 55 percent who thought whites face discrimination because of their race, while never claiming to have suffered because of it himself.
Hill, however, called the thought that 55% could have suffered discrimination “wildly irrational.’
Political commentator Ben Ferguson, who was also part of the panel, weighed in with a good question. He asked, “Is it wildly irrational that 94 percent of African Americans think they’re discriminated against when in reality it’s not even close to that in America?”
Hill and Lemon refused to even discuss it, laughing at Ferguson for asking it.
But Ferguson was right and punctured their dismissal. Why are you unquestionably accepting one figure while discounting the other? What are the real questions behind each figure and as Ferguson notes, what is the unreality in the 94% figure? Is that also a perception question, driven by what people believe is happening, what they hear from media and Black Lives Matter?