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HBO’s “Real Time” host, Bill Maher blasted Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff and other white liberals during his Friday evening show for racial activism he suggests may have become an impediment to improving relations between white Americans and people of color.
“Black people have to demand that white people stop culturally appropriating how mad they are about racism,” Maher said.
“It’s great that Caucasians have finally joined the fight for racial justice in unprecedented numbers, but hating racism the most? You can’t steal that,” he continued.
Maher, before leaving for vacation for the summer, ripped who he called the “Guardians of Gotcha” who are attempting to cancel people for “helping wrong” as the Black Lives Matter movement rises.
At one point, the host singled out Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf for vowing to have an incident investigated as a hate crime, though it clearly wasn’t.
Schaaf made her declaration after someone reported five “nooses” wrapped around some tree limbs in a city park. But a black Oakland resident, Victor Sengbe, came forward immediately to point out that the ropes were, in fact, part of an exercise regimen.
“Out of the dozen and hundreds and thousands of people that walked by, no one has thought that it looked anywhere close to a noose. Folks have used it for exercise. It was really a fun addition to the park that we tried to create,” Sengbe told KGO News. “It’s unfortunate that a genuine gesture of just wanting to have a good time got misinterpreted into something so heinous.”
Noted Maher: “…Schaaf wasn’t going to let all that cheat her out of a chance to signal her virtue. …Why is this white woman seeing racism where a black man isn’t?
“The mayor also said, ‘Intentions don’t matter.’ But they do matter,” the comedian continued. “And white people need to stop canceling other white people whose heart is in the right place, but don’t get it exactly right the first time.”
Maher went on to voice concerns that the overly aggressive ‘cancel culture’ led mostly by whites is setting back race relations a generation or more.
He noted that a white CEO recently wrote into the New York Post stating that he wanted to speak out about racial injustice, but was fearful of doing so because he might “say something that will be misinterpreted and I will do more harm than good — for my career too. … Am I alone in this?”
“Sadly, no,” Maher said, recounting how a white sports broadcaster tweeted out “All Lives Matter” but then quickly apologized for not quite understanding the BLM movement — yet he was immediately fired anyway.
“Now, instead of a possible ally, we create a bitter unemployed person,” Maher noted.
“I worry that the kind of tension that the Guardians of Gotcha are creating is going to make people afraid to mingle at all and thrust us back towards a re-segregation of sorts where instead of just seeing a person and not a color, now we’re only seeing color.
“Maybe this is old-school liberalism talking, but I don’t think that’s the way to go,” Maher continued. “Let’s hang out. And if I f**k up, tell my why, not good-bye.
“It’s a gradual, years-long process like Trump descending a ramp,” Maher noted further. “But things are better when the races get together like when rappers sample Steely Dan.”
The reaction to Maher on social media was decidedly mixed.
The dude who said the N word on his show is telling other white people how to act 🤣
— Andrew Goldmeier (@Andrewgoldmeier) June 27, 2020
Leave it to Bill here to turn hating racism into a competition. Typical Republican.
— Satanis9999 (@Satanis9999) June 27, 2020
This here is called “whitemansplaining”
— Brother Pizza (@thesmellofpizza) June 27, 2020
I appreciate his words. If I say something wrong just explain so I understand. I’m with BLM.
— KeverA ✌️🌎🇺🇸😷 (@AmjoKever) June 27, 2020
I’m sick of anyone and everyone telling others what is or is not the “right way” to be an anti-racist. Why can’t we keep it simple and just treat others as we’d like to be treated?
— Parrhesia (@Parrhesia17) June 27, 2020
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