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Is There Such a Thing As 'The Black Community'?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Rev. Al Sharpton marches with family members of Eric Garner (right) and hundreds of others during a demonstration against the death of Eric Garner after he was taken into police custody. (Spencer Platt/Getty)

Is there such a thing as a unified black community? If so, who are its leaders? Ron Christie, CEO of Christie Strategies LLC, former special assistant to President George W. Bush and deputy assistant to Vice President Dick Cheney, contends there is no monolithic black community.  Do you agree?  Call us at 212-433-9692, that's 212-433-WNYC.

   

Guests:

Ron Christie

Comments [60]

EMS from Manhattan from Manhattan

Categorically NO, there is not a monolithic black community. Reverend Sharpton represents himself and members of the National Action Network. We may be black and brown, but we have different life experiences and therefore perspectives similar to other ethnic groups. Actually, to perceive us all through the same prism is a form of bigotry. We may be the same nationality and ethnicity, but we are individuals and should be respected as such.

Sep. 06 2014 02:48 PM
Mr.Bad from NYC

@ RUCB_Alum

Are you for real? Jesus man I thought you were at least one of the sane people on this board. Yes, Michael Brown did commit a felony by committing a strong arm robbery before he was killed. Who was it that called the police? Who was it that was pushed around by Michael Brown in the surveillance video? It was a shopkeeper. He filed a complaint. It's a matter of public record. Whether Michael Brown was shot justifiably or not will be the work of a jury but unquestionably he was a violent young man, like a lot of young men are, but that doesn't change the facts. There are two issues here: police brutality in communities of color generally and the Michale Brown shooting in particular. In the latter case I'm sorry to say it doesn't seem likely that the shooting was not justified considering the main witness for the prosecution has already been prosecuted for lying under oath and the facts he alleged (shot in the back) have been shown to be demonstrably false along with most of the rest of his narrative. We need to step back from this precipice and realize that sustained change has to come from a broad political constituency, like in the 60's, not from a narrow band of activists who draw their strength from threats of irate mobs and endless lawsuits.

Aug. 29 2014 09:18 PM

@Person from NYC from NY

"Anyone watching the video of Michael Brown will see that his size and aggressiveness made it possible for him to rob a store WITHOUT A GUN."

You, too?

Michael Brown did not rob anyone that night. The full video of the store incident shows Brown paying, shows him leaving peacefully. What the edited video does is make him appear more frightening. Not every scare black man deserves death.

The ability of FoxNews to spread dis/misinformation is frankly the most frightening development at that point.

Too bad. A cop who shoots an unarmed suspect six times, twice in the head is likely going to be found guilty of manslaughter. Any police force that leaves the body uncovered in the street for HOURS after the shooting needs to have their decision-making processes closely looked at.

Aug. 29 2014 11:46 AM

@MC

Perhaps you don't know the difference between strategy (Obama admits we do not yet have one) and tactics (kill them where we find them).

Two posts with essentially the same message? Did you misplace your Rx?

Aug. 29 2014 10:57 AM

P.S. -

WALL STREET JOURNAL

"Obama: 'We Don't Have a Strategy Yet' on Islamic State"

Aug. 28 2014 08:36 PM

MORE FOR THE BLACK COMMUNITY_

"Obama on the Islamic State: ‘We don’t have a strategy yet" WASHINGTON POST

LOL, hey, you voted for him.

Aug. 28 2014 08:32 PM

"NPR likes to inflame RACIAL HATRED"

BRAVO !!! But that's exactly the strategy of LIBERAL WHITE BOY RADIO HOSTS ... be more black than Sharpton, be more insane than Becky, FUVA and RUCB ... to show that you may be white, but you be DOWN with your black brothers, LOL.

It's so phony.....and so pathetic.

There's nothing more inflammatory than a LIBERAL WHITE BOY trying to prove his bona fides.

Aug. 28 2014 08:23 PM
Mark

Good point, Person. It is becoming apparent that instigating racial hatred is not only the domain of the right-wing media. The right media like Fox or NY Post always incite hatred against blacks and hip-hop culture Hispanics. Meanwhile, the NY Times and NPR do all they can to stir up hatred against the low income low education whites in flyover country. Sure, it's fun to be smug and deride the provincial antics of poor whites but considering how far poor whites have fallen since NAFTA and other trade treaties it's starting to get a little sadistic. Also, it's disturbing when liberals think they are "aiding the black community" or whatever when they support criminals. When the NYPD blew away that guy going for his wallet that was a horror, but when some oversize thug gets his comeuppance via cop it's nothing to mourn. Although it seems every ethnic group is a target for media hate, an interesting exercise might be to identify an ethnic group that neither left not right will incite hatred against and why?

Aug. 28 2014 04:07 PM
Person from NYC from NY


SADLY, Brian is not a neutral host. Here is one of the FEW times he has a guest on with whom he disagrees and he spends his time trying to discredit him. Most disturbing is when Brian tries to prevent his guest from discussing the case of Michael Brown.

NPR likes to inflame RACIAL HATRED by referring to this as an incident of a black teen killed by a white officer. IN FACT, however, Michael Brown was a gigantic and highly aggressive person whose VIOLENT DISPOSITION is captured on video 20 minutes before his altercation with a police officer. Also, as mentioned by Brian's guest, Michael Brown was shot while facing the officer at close range. Anyone watching the video of Michael Brown will see that his size and aggressiveness made it possible for him to rob a store WITHOUT A GUN.

Al Sharpton is a racist rabble-rouser. He has consistently advised people under his counsel to lie - Tawana Brawley and Abner Louima - and routinely shows up and instigates violence. Thankfully, there are other voices in the African-American community. I hope that Brian will seek out more guests who disagree with NPR's ideological line. And I hope that when he does he will treat them NOT MORE CRITICALLY than the guests with whom he personally agrees.

I recall in the early 1990s when Brian asked tough questions of all of his guests. Unfortunately, he and his call screeners have imposed NPR's ideological line since 9-11. It's a shame. I miss the old Brian. NYC needs him back.

Aug. 28 2014 02:25 PM
Niki W from New York

I find it amusing that Ron Christie hates hyphens and denies the existence of a black community when his article "A Cautionary Tale of Three Black Men" (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ron-christie/post_1156_b_775111.html) written in 2010 explicitly references the "African-American community" several times. Why reference what doesn't exist?

Aug. 28 2014 01:38 PM

So, what is the attraction to terrorism in the “black community”?

Now a second American traitor this week, Abdirahmaan Muhumed , has been killed fighting for ISIS in Syria. (Don’t expect to see it highlighted in the NYT because he, like the other, is African-American.)

(CNN) – “Dozens of Americans have been among the thousands of foreigners who flocked to Syria to take part in its bloody, messy civil war. Yet for the three years, there was only one known American casualty.
But, in a few short days, that death toll may have tripled.”

(The first was the son of a Palestinian.)

http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/27/world/meast/syria-american-killed/

Aug. 28 2014 01:12 PM

@Caitlin

Sorry, Caitlin. Though he may sound it, Ron Christie is not a white guy.

That's a whole 'nother show -- What ethnicity do you sound like? Are Spanish speakers whose English diction does not drip with 'latinism's just being a Tio Tomas? Are African-Americans who neither use ebonics or any form of urban patois trying to sound white? How frequently do we use one diction at home or among friends and a more 'standard' vernacular at work? In commerce?

Aug. 28 2014 12:31 PM
Phyllis Stone from New Jersey

Christie obviously lives under a rock. His "Republican political strategist" opinion suggests an attempt at yet another 'divide and conquer' approach that has been used by the economically powerful for centuries. The trouble is that after awhile, it gets pretty transparent and pretty old. People like Sharpton, like him or not, serve to openly expose strategic tactics, like the one Mr. Christie advocates, for what it is -- pure BS. Of course there is a black community. No, it's not monolithic but there are many things that bind people in the black people because of like experiences and they all fall under the headings of racism, socioeconomic oppression, etc., - you can look to housing, education, healthcare, employment and advancement, law enforcement, etc. Sharpton and others serve as the abolutionists of yesterday, and like him or not, he serves a useful purpose. Christie's purpose is pretty obvious too. I would have preferred a longer segment with an opposing view to Christie because the guest obviously has never walked in the shoes of black mothers with sons and experienced the great fear of laying awake at nights waiting for the garage door to open or the front door to close behind our young black men. So yes, Christie, let's have the talk and the debate. Let's really get to the bottom of it all. Members of the black community want nothing more than to be treated equitably and to make race a non-factor. It's people like you, however, that underhandedly make racism a continued fundamental part of life for "The Black Community".

Aug. 28 2014 12:04 PM

@john

You absolutely refuse to learn, don't cha?

"Mr. Brown in Furgeson was strong arm robbing a store clerk, was that a good image?? He was a thug."

The full footage of the convenience store incident shows that Brown paid for his items. No one at the store called the police for the incident. Your opinion is based on partial information supplied by the police and amplified by FoxNews.

"Also, blacks are seen as criminals because they adore the thug life image. Lose the image and the whole thug lifestyle and other groups will respect you."

Who are you, Gerry Rivers? Are you a sociologist? Are you even black? What makes your opinion about what blacks 'adore' anything more than bigoted claptrap?

Aug. 28 2014 12:02 PM
Roy Phillips from Queens

Ron Christie has a well-meaning, yet simplistic view that doesn't help solve the problem of bigotry and racism in this country. Simply "get over something" only makes it worse. To cure a disease is to deal with it, not bury it.

As for Sharpton being the "so-called" voice of the Black community, that's not a simple assessment either. Sharpton only defends, if the case may be, African-Americans who don't have neither the savvy nor the intelligence nor the financial liberty to defend themselves when they are in trouble with the system that denigrates them for their ethnicity. Sure he's crude, but who would defend someone who's mistaken for stealing because they're black and they can't afford efficient legal representation (public defenders aren't well looked upon).

Aug. 28 2014 11:42 AM

Well Done Team BL!!!

Ron Christie and Cory Booker are strong, positive men that truly want change and are willing to go against the grain to get it. I applaud WNYC for giving Ron Christie a platform, I hope that you will continue to do so in the future!

We all need to respectfully come to the middle and see different points of views other than our own. That is the only way that we as a Country will accomplish anything.

How refreshing that Team BL has the chutzpah to air unpopular viewpoints, I hope that this mentality will gain momentum!

Aug. 28 2014 11:22 AM
jc

Let's see have I got this right? People should be dissuaded from getting together to address their in common human or economic concerns. Only corporations should be allowed to act in concert.

Aug. 28 2014 11:21 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

To dboy

You are slow to learn so for you I have to say it at least twice at a minimum.

Aug. 28 2014 11:17 AM

jgarbuz from Queens ~

Click the clicker only one time.

Posting nonsense twice only punctuates your inanity.

Aug. 28 2014 11:13 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

To Peter

Yes, there is one issue that 90% or more of Jews will agree upon, is the need for a Jewish state. Total disagreement on its nature and how to deal with the Arabs, etc., but over the existence of a Jewish state today there is little disagreement among Jews. The Holocaust made it crystal clear to most Jews that they must have their own independent homeland.

Aug. 28 2014 11:13 AM
Peter from Bronx

I would suggest that you also do a show on whether there is a monolithic Jewish community, especially as it relates to support of Israel. The major Jewish organizations seem to want to say there is, and craven politicians (go back to previous segment on Cuomo) seem to bow down to that notion, but my experience with my fellow Jews indicates that monolithic support of Israel- or even what Judaism is all about- is becoming more and more a myth.

Aug. 28 2014 11:09 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

dboy

There is no such thing as a "white establishment" anymore than there is a "black establishment." this is all marxist Che Guevara baloney. Is there fear or nervousness or suspicions between the different ethnics and races? Can it be overcome? The short answer is NO. For centuries Jews had to develop their own businesses because no one would hire them at one time. The only way any individual or group of individuals can accumulate some power is to make successful businesses that make money. The only color that really counts in America is GREEN. If you have it, you feel fine. If not, you feel downtrodden. Nothing new here.If it weren't race, it would be "class." People will always find something to divide and fight over.

Aug. 28 2014 11:08 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

dboy

There is no such thing as a "white establishment" anymore than there is a "black establishment." this is all marxist Che Guevara baloney. Is there fear or nervousness or suspicions between the different ethnics and races? Can it be overcome? The short answer is NO. For centuries Jews had to develop their own businesses because no one would hire them at one time. The only way any individual or group of individuals can accumulate some power is to make successful businesses that make money. The only color that really counts in America is GREEN. If you have it, you feel fine. If not, you feel downtrodden. Nothing new here.If it weren't race, it would be "class." People will always find something to divide and fight over.

Aug. 28 2014 11:07 AM
fuva from harlemworld

This segment was of such poor quality, it really has me reconsidering my patronage.
Race is way too important an issue -- for ALL OF US -- to be given this kind of uncritical treatment. Brian, if you and the producers are unequipped, it's important that you get someone on who is. Seriously. This segment required someone like ME Dyson or Tim Wise to expose the ignorance on display.
Might just have to tune out, as I did with John Hockenberry...

Aug. 28 2014 11:07 AM
Lee from BKNY

No community is monolithic. That said, I have been profoundly impressed by the unanimity of the Black people in my world when it comes to a deep frustration,anger and fear in the face of the recent flurry of police killings and assaults. Libertarians, progressives, revolutionaries,"others" and the generally apolital are all clear that racism (and/or white supremacy) are at the root and that there is a need to come together, organize and resist. Regardless of educational level, income, social status, gender, sexuality, religion or any other of the many identities we may carry and and inspired a call to act as a community.

The suggestion that Cory Booker be looked at as a viable alternative to Sharpton betrays the author's lack of understanding of Booker's relationship with Newark's Black community.

Aug. 28 2014 11:01 AM

How much does the white establishment pay him to spew this crap?

Aug. 28 2014 11:00 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

As I have said in the past, I predict the US will split into 3 or more countries by the end of this century. As I have stated in the past, ethnicity trumps democracy. No matter how equal the laws are made, and no matter how benevolent society may be, ethnic and racial differences will trump the constitution. I come to this conclusion with a heavy heart, having been here since 1949 and after all I have seen and lived through, but I think that's where it stands. Ethnicity and race trumps democracy and "diversity." Birds of a feather will flock together.

Aug. 28 2014 10:57 AM
Publius from Reality

Putting shills like this on the air is outrageous. Let the RNC buy some time for him to spout. Put any point of view on that you want, but give us real people, not shills. As an old white guy, I find it really offensive when Brian sits there like a potted plant and lets some guy claim that blacks are the real racists and all the whites who discriminate against them every day have gotten over racism. This was a truly obnoxious segment. If I want to listen to this kind of biased crap I'll turn on F*x or Rush. Give us both sides, but this segment was offensive garbage.

Aug. 28 2014 10:57 AM
Tony from Canarsie

If nothing else, I have to admire the chutzpah of Mr. Christie for appearing to think he's the first person to ever call for a dialogue about race.

Correction to my precious comment: I employ a hyphen when describing myself: Irish-American. And to iterate, get over it.

Aug. 28 2014 10:55 AM
Flora from NYC

The guest "wishes" to believe what he believes. Fear of the black man is the basis for the brutality towards the community. White people believe it is not as bad as it is, black people know it is. Ignore the statistics if you like. It is white privilege to do so.

Aug. 28 2014 10:54 AM
fuva from harlemworld

...I see I've been giving Brian and producers too much credit around race awareness. Wow. Too bad.

Aug. 28 2014 10:53 AM

Great segment -- would love a follow up or even "Family Meeting." Maybe related to presidential election pandering strategies.

Aug. 28 2014 10:53 AM
Chi Chi V from NYC

Just listen to the recent NPR - WNYC interview 25 years later of the stoop sitters interviewed re Yousef Hawkins killing in 1989. There is your answer to racism. Sharpton was shot there after that during a march. It radicalized him as it would anyone else. Ignorance is not bliss!!

Aug. 28 2014 10:52 AM

Ron Christie can't acknowledge a black community because he's too busy identifying with the white (Dick Cheney) community.

Disgusting.

Aug. 28 2014 10:51 AM
Leslie from brooklyn

It is not about eradicating ethnicity at the sake of embracing individuality. It is the act of acknowledging and embracing all of the above. Why not a discussion of embracing our differences and not seeing it from a vantage point that our difference is inherently a starting point of dividing us. From that point, we learn true tolerance which is what humanity, diversity is about.

Aug. 28 2014 10:51 AM
Carl from Astoria

This guest is talking out of his &$%! He seems to have no education on minority studies, sociology or psychology.

We ALL have primitive tribal instincts that make us viscerally respond to people as being part of our tribe or another tribe. Though it is a primitive instinct that is very destructive to all of us in a modern world, it is the reality. Until we recognize that openly, we will have separate communities.

I am black, but do not identify with most of what would be considered the "black community". For one reason, I am atheist. HOWEVER, I am pushed into that community because that is how I am perceived.

The police are not only no better, they are the enforcement arm of our tribal barriers.

Aug. 28 2014 10:50 AM

If there was a "Black Community," then it would be focused secondarily on why this big guy videotaped robbing a store right before he got shot is not considered even worth mentioning.

Mortifying.

Aug. 28 2014 10:50 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Well, what we clearly have is a dearth of effective black organization and agendas. Which is why completely clueless people like the guest can be called to the BL show and treated with any modicum of seriousness...
A "community" must be monolithic? AND HE'S GOTTEN THE FORENSICS ALL WRONG. AND NO ONE HAS SAID ALL COPS ARE BAD. I could go on...
Also, Brian and Producers: Giving people like this with such poor quality analysis a platform, compromises your credibility. Really. I'm disappointed and somewhat surprised at how under-critical your exchanges with him and the callers are here. Wow.

Aug. 28 2014 10:50 AM
Caitlin

How nice, yet another white guy who "doesn't see color" and just wants everyone to get over this whole race thing.

Has he seen any stats about how black people are treated in America? Everything from being more likely to be expelled from preschool for committing the same offenses as a white kid who gets a second chance, to being more likely to be sent to death row for committing the same offenses as a white person who gets life in prison, to receiving worse medical care for the same conditions, to being less likely to get a job WITHOUT a criminal record than a white person WITH one.

But, ya know, this guy is so tired of hearing about how race is dividing America, so let's all stop talking about it because it makes him uncomfortable.

Aug. 28 2014 10:49 AM
Abby from Manhattan

So, just because you don't believe in racism means it doesn't exist? The "Black community" is NOT monolithic - just like any other community that is categorized by one trait (i.e., "LGBT community", "Hispanic community"), but it doesn't mean that the rest of society doesn't make judgments about those groups based on that one trait!

Acknowledging that police/justice system and the media have a bias against Black people doesn't equal accusing all police officers or white people of being violent racists. Why can't we have this conversation without people getting defensive and hyperbolic? The hard statistics show a definite bias that we do need to "move past", but the first step in that is acknowledging that the problem is real, which is something we struggle with in this country.

Aug. 28 2014 10:49 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

I feel America has done all it can do. If people still feel that way they should either go back to their ethnic homeland, or maybe America should split into three or four countries like Iraq or Yugoslavia. We are never going to eliminate these superficial barriers completely. All we can try to do is live and let live and leave each other alone.

Aug. 28 2014 10:48 AM
Mr. Bad from NYC

Sure there is racism, racial hatred, prejudice, bias and simple preference. Self segregation is not racism, it's a universal human trait. The problem is and always has been "ghettoization".

I grew up in an affluent suburb and there were a few racists and rednecks (generally despised) but there were also affluent black families whose kids I went to school with who were treated exactly the same as the white kids. That's just a fact, it literally never came up. White people typically aren't racist, there is no point to it, but the huge cultural divide between ghettoized urban blacks and the rest of the country is where the real divide exists.

It hasn't even been 100 years since a southern black man or woman would have been arrested for using the same water fountain as a white man and barely more than a couple decades since we've seriously started to confront redlining and other quasi legal forms or segregation.

There is more hatred coming from the ghettoized black communities (racial hatred) but there is also a genuine problem of white people refusing to acknowledge that systemic racism exists and does not require them to personally be racist to still be part of and accept a racist society.

Aug. 28 2014 10:48 AM
Tony from Canarsie

Your guest has pompously slammed President Obama for wearing jeans while on the phone with Vladimir Putin. The exact quote in the Daily News:

“Talking with the President of Russia about an invasion in a button-down shirt and jeans is not up to the task.”

By the way, I put hyphens when describing myself: Irish-American. Get over it.

Aug. 28 2014 10:48 AM
Katherine from Brooklyn

Your guest has his head in the sand, and "refuses to believe" the truth of police brutality directed primarily towards black Americans. In this regard, yes, I believe there is a black community. Read AlterNet's article by Charles Belk, "I Was Wrongly Arrested for Armed Bank Robbery Because I Am a Tall, Black Man." Suspicion of blacks by the police crosses socioeconomic lines.

Dennis, your first caller, is absolutely right. America needs to confront the problem of racism and bring it into the open.

Aug. 28 2014 10:48 AM
Alex from Jersey City

I agree with Dennis. It seems the biggest unifier amongst people of color, especially black people, is that they've faced discrimination.
As someone who is mixed race, I've experienced that too, and I find common ground with other people of color because of it.
But I do wonder if there are more positive connections we can make. I want to take hold of my identity as a black person, but I want to identify with the positive, as much as I can reference the negative shared experiences.
So what does that look like for the black community? How can we band together around a shared vision for the future? Do we have a shared vision of the future, to begin with?

Aug. 28 2014 10:47 AM
simpsonsmovies*cked

Great segment. There is a "black community"! My West Indian and African friends -- every one of them -- never lose the chance to argue that it is a community of which they are not members.

Jewish friends -- same.

Aug. 28 2014 10:47 AM
Amy from Manhattan

No community based on any single characteristic is monolithic, & I don't think talking about "the ______ community" means all of that community's members are the same. I also think that bigotry in great part consists of treating all members of a group as if they *were* the same, & that not being a bigot (in this case, not being a racist), requires treating members of whatever group as individuals.

Aug. 28 2014 10:47 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

I feel that if a person feels so hopelessly discriminated against that his or her life is so miserable, he should should try going back to his or her ethnic homeland to see if if he or she will feel better.
I doubt there is much more that the US legal system can do. I don't think we can eliminate ethnic, racial or religious prejudice.
I went to live in Israel, after ten years came back. Maybe some blacks should go to Africa and see if they feel better or worse, and come back if they feel better in the US.
I do not believe any more can be done than has been done. I do not believe racism, antisemitism, anti hispanicism, or anti Asianism, or any ethnic bias can ever be eliminated. All we can do is try to live and let live and leave each other alone.

Aug. 28 2014 10:45 AM
john from office

Gates was a loud mouth that did not take the time to explain why he was breaking into his own home. Cop was doing his job.

Also, blacks are seen as criminals because they adore the thug life image. Lose the image and the whole thug lifestyle and other groups will respect you.

Mr. Brown in Furgeson was strong arm robbing a store clerk, was that a good image?? He was a thug.

Aug. 28 2014 10:45 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

I feel that if a person feels so hopelessly discriminated against that his or her life is so miserable, he should should try going back to his or her ethnic homeland to see if if he or she will feel better.
I doubt there is much more that the US legal system can do. I don't think we can eliminate ethnic, racial or religious prejudice.
I went to live in Israel, after ten years came back. Maybe some blacks should go to Africa and see if they feel better or worse, and come back if they feel better in the US.
I do not believe any more can be done than has been done. I do not believe racism, antisemitism, anti hispanicism, or anti Asianism, or any ethnic bias can ever be eliminated. All we can do is try to live and let live and leave each other alone.

Aug. 28 2014 10:44 AM
Wendy WIlson from Central Jersey

I could not listen to this segment. I have never turned your show off before, but my blood pressure won't take this guy.

Aug. 28 2014 10:44 AM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

The guest is delusional, living in a fantasy world. An idiot. To denial of institutional racism towards people of color is living in some other place other then America. The guest is a pathetic clown.

Aug. 28 2014 10:44 AM

Hey, Ron, sell that look at each other as individuals to Mitch McConnell and the Koch Brothers!

True there is no monolithic black community...There never was really. A more broadly based black agenda is historically identifiable but that was a result of segregation. Many white businesses and tradesman did NOT want to deal with a black clientele esp. since black buyers were usually further down the socioeconomic scale than the rest of their customer base. My great grandfather had to bring tradesman and contractors north from Waynesville NC in order to get his houses built in Bergen County back in the teens of the last century.

Neighborhood segregation is still the barometer. The last stat I saw was that 75% of white Americans have no minority friends.

Aug. 28 2014 10:42 AM
Natasha from Brooklyn

Your guest would do himself a world of educational service by watching Jon Stewart's reaction to Furgison from a couple of nights ago (can find on YouTube). In fact, everybody - black, white, all - should give it a view. Would love his response to THAT.

Aug. 28 2014 10:41 AM
Kathryn Williams from NYC

Your guest is completely unrealistic. He knows nothing about being black in America. Tell him to Google "unarmed black Americans killed by NYC Police." He will be reading all day.

Aug. 28 2014 10:40 AM
Jim B

What a reductive, simplistic opening statement by the guest!

Aug. 28 2014 10:40 AM

Thank you, Dennis the caller!!

Aug. 28 2014 10:39 AM
Estelle from Brooklyn

How about Henry Louis Gates being arrested for trying to get into his own homes? Would it have happened had he been white?

Aug. 28 2014 10:39 AM
Jim B

What a reductive, simplistic opening statement by the guest!

Aug. 28 2014 10:39 AM

Ron Christie is a cirkus klown.

…really?? George W. Bush???

He really should be ashamed.

Aug. 28 2014 10:37 AM

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