A CNN political commentator does not believe black people have the ability to be racist.
“To say that the Black Lives Matter movement is racist is bizarre to me,” Marc Lamont Hill said, defending the movement on CNN’s “Newsroom” on Monday.
“Not just because black people don’t have the institutional power to be racist or to deploy racism but because the movement has called for justice. It’s called for demilitarization. It’s called for non-violence,” he said.
Hill noted what he views as a double standard in political dissent.
“There is nothing more American than saying that we’re moving in the wrong directions. Only when black people say the country’s moving in the wrong direction that they say it’s un-American,” Hill said.
“When conservatives in the ’80s and ’90s said America is moving in the wrong direction, when the moral majority said we’re having a moral failure as a nation, no one said ‘well if you don’t like it, leave it. They said OK, we’ll try to change it.”
Hill’s view was also that there is a “moral failure” in America of police violence and of “gun culture.”
“We need to change that,” he said.
CNN video via Real Clear Politics.
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