The Word - Color-bind

  • Aired:  07/23/13
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President Obama takes the first step in racial dialogue by discussing how it feels to be in a room full of white people who are scared of him. (4:53)

LOOSE-FITTING BREEZY PLAYED?

I AM BUT THAT'S NOT THE POINT.

THANKFULLY THERE'S A WAY TO

ACHIEVE RACIAL HARMONY.

AND IT'S THE SUBJECT OF

TONIGHT'S WORD.

COLOR BIND.

NATION, IT'S TIME WE

CAUCASIAN-AMERICANS ACCEPT THAT

WHEN IT COMES TO FURTHERING THE

RACIAL DIALOGUE THE BALL IS IN

OUR COURT EVEN THOUGH HAVING THE

BALL ON A COURT HAS NEVER BEEN

OUR STRONG SUIT.

PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS TAKEN THE

FIRST STEP BY FRANKLY DISCUSSING

AS A BLACK MAN HOW IT FEELS TO

BE IN A ROOM FULL OF WHITE

PEOPLE WHO ARE SCARED OF HIM.

NOW I BELIEVE IT'S MY TURN TO BE

HONEST ABOUT THE WHITE

EXPERIENCE.

BLACK PEOPLE ARE SCARY.

AND, FOLKS, THAT'S NOT JUST ME

SAYING THAT.

I MEAN, JUST ASK THE TV.

>> HERE IS THE HEADLINE.

YOUNG BLACK MEN COMMIT HOMICIDES

AT A RATE 10 TIMES GREATER THAN

WHITES AND HISPANICS COMBINED.

>> HERE'S AN INCONVENIENT FACT.

ANY TIME THERE'S INTERRACIAL

CRIME, THERE'S AN OVERWHELMING

CHANCE THAT THE VICTIM IS GOING

TO BE WHITE AND THAT THE

CRIMINAL IS GOING TO BE BLACK.

>> WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE CRIME

NUMBERS, AFRICAN-AMERICANS --

THIS IS ASTONISHING --

AFRICAN-AMERICANS MAKE UP 13% OF

THE POPULATION, BUT COMMIT MORE

THAN HALF THE MURDERS IN THIS

COUNTRY.

>> Stephen: THAT'S NOT

PREJUDICE.

THAT'S JUST MATH.

SO IF IN 2011 OUT OF 42 MILLION

AFRICAN-AMERICANS, 4,149 WERE

ARRESTED FOR MURDER WHICH MEANS

WE CAN REASONABLY BE SCARED OF

9/1,000ths OF ONE PERCENT

OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS.

NOW, DOESN'T SOUND LIKE A LOT.

UNTIL YOU CONSIDER... UNTIL YOU

CONSIDER THAT WE DON'T KNOW

WHICH 9/1,000th OF ONE

PERCENT.

SO, TO BE SAFE, WE HAVE TO BE

SCARED OF ALL OF THEM.

FOLKS, IT'S THE SAME REASON...

FOLKS, THIS IS THE SAME REASON I

ASSUME ALL ARABS ARE TERRORISTS

AND ALL IRISHMEN ARE

LEPRECHAUNS.

I'M GOING TO GET YOUR POT OF

GOLD, DANIEL DAY LEWIS.

NOW, I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE SAYING.

YOU'RE SAYING, "STEPHEN, THAT'S

OUTRAGEOUS.

WITH THOSE NUMBERS, IT MAKES NO

SENSE TO BE SUSPICIOUS OF ALL

BLACK PEOPLE.

YOU SHOULD ONLY BE SUSPICIOUS OF

BLACK MEN."

FIRST OF ALL, I CAN'T BELIEVE

YOU JUST SAID THAT ON NATIONAL

TELEVISION.

SECOND OF ALL, OKAY, YOU'RE

WRONG.

WE HAVE TO BE SCARED OF BLACK

WOMEN TOO BECAUSE THANKS TO

HOLLYWOOD, I KNOW THAT MANY

BLACK WOMEN ARE ACTUALLY BLACK

MEN.

SO NOW, OKAY, NOW THAT I'VE DONE

THIS IN THE DIALOGUE OF RACIAL

UNDERSTANDING, WHITE PEOPLE HAVE

DONE OUR PART.

OKAY.

WE HAVE SHOWN THE COURAGE TO

ADMIT WE'RE TERRIFIED, BUT IT'S

A TWO-WAY STREET, BLACK PEOPLE.

WHICH IS WHY RIGHT NOW I WOULD

LIKE TO ADDRESS ALL MY

AFRICAN-AMERICAN VIEWERS.

IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO

CHANGE HOW WHITE PEOPLE FEEL

ABOUT YOU AND ACCORDING TO

PRESIDENT OBAMA THERE'S A SIMPLE

WAY YOU CAN DO IT.

>> AND THERE ARE VERY FEW

AFRICAN-AMERICAN MEN WHO HAVEN'T

HAD THE EXPERIENCE OF WALKING

ACROSS THE STREET AND HEARING

THE LOCKS CLICK ON THE DOORS OF

CARS.

THAT HAPPENED TO ME, AT LEAST

BEFORE I WAS A SENATOR.

>> Stephen: SO THE ANSWER IS

OBVIOUS.

BLACK PEOPLE NEED TO BECOME

SENATORS.

ONCE YOU'RE ELECTEDDED TO THE

SENATE, NO ONE'S GOING TO THINK

YOU'RE GOING TO DO SOMETHING TO

THEM.

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

PLUS BLACK MEN CAMPAIGNING'S IS

EASY.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS KNOCK ON A

LOT OF STRANGERS' DOORS.

WHAT COULD GO WRONG?

AND BELIEVE ME, ONCE YOU'VE

LAUNCHEDDED YOUR POLITICAL

CAREER, MAYBE SOME DAY YOU TOO

CAN BE PRESIDENT.

THEN YOU'LL NEVER INSPIRE

IRRATIONAL FEAR IN WHITE PEOPLE

AGAIN.

AND THAT'S THE WORD.

WE'LL BE RIGHT

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