As a rule, politicians are not very good at talking about race. There are exceptions, of course, but it seems politicians, in general, can’t open their mouths about race without appropriating another culture, calling Black Lives Matter an “anti-police” group, or — in extreme cases — inciting a race war, speaking favorably of Japanese internment camps and being Donald Trump in general.
Both Democrats and Republicans are guilty of this, but it’d be delusional to not say that Republicans have been more guilty (it has to do with the Donald Trump thing we referenced earlier), which is why it’s surprising and gratifying to hear two GOP leaders speak about race in a fairly woke fashion.
First up, famed lunar enthusiast and potential Trump vice-presidential pick Newt Gingrich, who posted a video to Facebook Live in which he opened up about, of all things, the realities of being black in America.
“It is more dangerous to be black in America. It’s both more dangerous because of the crime, which is the Chicago story. But it is more dangerous in that [you are] substantially more likely to be in a situation where police don’t respect you and where you could easily get killed. And I think sometimes, for whites, it’s difficult to appreciate how real that is. It’s an everyday danger.”
This is some straight-up Black Lives Matter talking points, and Newt didn’t stop there!
“It took me a long time, and a number of people talking to me through the years to get a sense of this. If you are a normal white American, the truth is you don’t understand being black in America and you instinctively under-estimate the level of discrimination and the level of additional risk.”
“We’ve come a fair distance,” Gingrich went on to say. “Now we have a black mayor of Atlanta and have had a series of them in fact. We have John Lewis, who went from marching on Selma to a Democratic whip in Congress. But we’ve stalled out on the cultural, economic, practical progress we needed.”
See for yourself!
Not to be outdone, preferred Trump punching bag and bafflingly non-Republican presidential nominee Marco Rubio also sounded pretty on-point in an interview about the shootings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling with The Miami Herald.
“All of us should be troubled by these images, and all of us need to acknowledge that this is about more than just one or two recent incidents,” Rubio said. “The fact is that there are communities in America that are telling us they fear interacting with local law enforcement. How they feel is a reality that we cannot and should not ignore. And as we work through this, it will require us to ask and answer some very difficult and uncomfortable questions.”
Of course, all this would mean a lot more if they weren’t coming from people who are implicitly (in Rubio’s case) and explicitly (in Gingrich’s case) endorsing a presidential candidate who retweets Neo-Nazis.
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