Ben Stein apparently thinks that if he have been a “coloured” individual 60 years in the past, he would need to “kill himself.” However don’t fret, people! If he have been a Black individual right now, he could be thrilled by the best way the “entire system is now arrange so I as a Black American can have each probability at life.” How’s that for progress!
I used to be a baby rising up in Maryland and spending lots of time in Washington DC, I’d drive by the neighborhoods, with my dad and mom driving the automotive, the place predominantly black folks, virtually all black folks, lived. They usually regarded so raggedy and unhappy, and their neighborhoods have been so rundown and depressing. I simply thought, “Wow, what a horrible manner for these poor, sincere, respectable residents to stay.” If I wakened within the morning, and I have been what we we referred to as them then, a coloured individual, a black model as we name them now, I would need to kill myself. That was, to illustrate 60 years in the past. And now girls and gents, if I wakened and have been a black model, I’d assume I’ve each alternative to go to a very good college, I’ve each alternative to stay in a very neighborhood, each alternative to get a very good job. The entire system is now arrange so I as a Black American can have each probability at life. And that’s unbelievable. Unbelievable progress which isn’t mentioned within the media. And it’s a super miracle of human beings.
Stein is a tragic reminder that there are nonetheless loads of folks on this nation who assume that racism is a factor of the previous, or that it is probably not that huge of a deal, or that Black folks ought to simply “pull themselves up by their bootstraps” in the event that they need to succeed. They usually’re very happy to spout off about it in public, as a result of the MAGA social gathering has opened the Overton Window to this sort of willfully ignorant rhetoric.