Race relations in the U.S. is a push button issue, but I’m not going to write too much. I’m Australian, so my knowledge is limited, and it’s been a while since I’ve been in America.
My last visit was in 2003, and I was only visiting Washington for a couple of days, but a few things occurred then that kind of made it obvious to that the U.S. had deep racial problems.
Example: two well-intended middle-aged black men told me and several others that it was dangerous for us to be walking around a predominantly black neighborhood.
So yeah, we took their advice and got out of there.
Now, fast forward to over a decade later and the fact that the U.S. has had its first black president, and given the events of the past 12 months or so, it appears having Barack Obama in charge hasn’t really healed any racial rifts.
But that’s not the point of this post. The point of this post is the individual featured in the above video, Chloe Valdary, a student at the University of New Orleans, and what she has to say about the issue of race.
A big part of what she says—and that I fully agree with—is how so-called progressives, or as she calls them condescenders, have made the problem worse. In a nutshell, she says that progressive attitudes have pretty much condoned the recent looting and rioting. See the video for her further explanation on that.
Addressing racial issues in the U.S. can only be done, she says, if everyone is treated equally, and that the facts matter—it is not about skin color.
“To think anything else is to perpetuate discrimination,” she says.
Chloe also asks some very relevant questions, and does a fine job in answering them.
- Does race trump truth?
- In a confrontation between police and perpetrators, what is more important? Facts, or skin color?
- When protests morph into riots, do we excuse bad behavior based on race? If we do, how are we ever going to end racism?
Make sure you see what Chloe has to say in the video above produced by Prager University.