“Real Time” host Bill Maher gave a blistering response to “The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg on Friday, doubling down on his premise that there should only be one national anthem instead of an additional black national anthem.
Maher bluntly told his audience that his opinion “we shouldn’t have two” anthems is the “correct opinion.”
“The program ‘The View’ last week devoted a lot of time to this while somehow avoiding what I actually said,” Maher remarked. “It seemed to be a lot about a need to school me about the black national anthem itself. Whoopi Goldberg said, quote, ‘We’re having to re-educate people.’ Because nothing ever goes wrong when you start talking about re-education. Just ask Chairman Mao. Maybe we can set up some sort of camps.”
He referred to himself as an “old school liberal” and reiterated that “segregating by race is bad.” The HBO host is of the opinion that we should probably get rid of “The Star-Spangled Banner” but he contends that there “has to be just one” anthem. It’s about unity and that’s why it’s called a “national” anthem.
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“Symbols of unity matter. And purposefully fragmenting things by race reinforces a terrible message that we are two nations hopelessly drifting apart from each other. That’s not where we were even ten years ago and it’s not where we should be now,” Maher proclaimed.
Then he played a clip from former President Obama. “There is not a black America or a white America … there is the United States of America,” adding “where we should be now is here.”
“If we have two anthems, why not three? Or five? Why not a women’s anthem? A Latino anthem? A gay, trans, Indigenous Peoples, an Asian and Pacific Islander anthem? Because ‘I’m not dealing with you, I’m not speaking to you’ is not a way you can run a country and most people of all backgrounds understand that already and don’t even want to try to do it that way,” he posited.
“I’m not out of step! Believing in separate but equal? That’s out of step — by 67 years. It was 67 years ago, in 1954, when the Supreme Court handed down their landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling which said ‘separate but equal’ isn’t what we do here. We decided we’re going to try to make this work together,” Maher recalled.
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The real crux of the matter came when he cited a survey of 173 colleges that showed that “42%” of them offered segregated living quarters and “72%” offered segregated graduation ceremonies.
“Well, congratulations, liberal parents. You just paid 100 grand for your kid to move to Biloxi, Mississippi in 1948,” Maher snarked. “I mean, we’re a nation that professes diversity as our strength. But now half the kids’ dorm rooms are determined by racial purity?… You see what I mean about becoming so woke, you come back out the racist side?”
“Because what’s next? What follows separate dorms, anthems, ceremonies, cafes, gyms, separate neighborhoods? That was red-lining! They wouldn’t let black people live in the town where I grew up. Then they do. The word for that is ‘progress.’ It’s where the term ‘progressive’ comes from. Most Americans, including nearly 80% of African Americans, want to live in racially diverse neighborhoods,” he stated.
“The black silent majority seems to be behind the idea that you can’t have a melting pot with two pots! Yes, America was born from the original sin of slavery, and redress for that is still in order but not at the cost of destroying a country that most black people now have found a decent life in with a relatively higher standard of living and don’t want to lose. And Balkanizing our nation will certainly cause us to lose it,” the HBO host declared.
“We need to stop regarding this new woke segregation as if it’s some sort of cultural advancement. It’s not. … Countries do disintegrate into madness when they indulge their separatist tendencies; Hutus slaughtering Tutsis in Rwanda, Catholics and Protestants in Ireland, Sunnis and Shiites in Iraq, Hindus and Muslims in Kashmir, everyone in Afghanistan, and that one Jew. We need to unite as one nation who come together and sing one anthem always out of key,” Maher asserted.
Earlier in September, Maher got the ball rolling on his battle with Goldberg when he chastised the NFL for including the black national anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing” during their games. He stated at that point that he’s open to a new national anthem, but playing the black national anthem alongside “The Star-Spangled Banner” is simply “segregation … under a different name.”
Goldberg took offense to Maher’s statement and “The View” tore into him for it.
“I think because we have gone backwards a good 10-15 years, we’re having to re-educate people,” she said.
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