Moderacism


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By Joe Messina

Bill Maher used his New Rules segment on Real Time this weekend to call for moderation from white people on the topic of racism. Saying there must be a sweet spot between “the PC police and the Baltimore police,” Maher decried how the conversation on race in America has become a shouting match between white people at extreme ends of the spectrum.

“New Rule: white people,” Maher said, the crowd laughing as a picture of Wonder Bread popped up next to him, “have to find some middle ground between racists and people who see racism everywhere.”

A large majority of Fox News voters, Maher reported, think “reverse racism” is a bigger problem than racism. Reverse racism, as I understand it, is basically when a black woman sings at the Super Bowl and white people think that’s racism. And even if there is some kind of racism against white people, doesn’t the term “reverse racism” imply that if you’re racist against white people you’re using racism wrong? Your racism’s all backwards. You took a beautiful thing like racism and you twisted it all up.

“‘Racism?’ they say. ‘What racism? Look at all the black doctors on Grey’s Anatomy,’” Maher said. It’s a good joke and a good point about how many people believe that racism is somehow over because there are successful black people and a black president and Harriet Tubman is going to be on money.

Maher didn’t let liberals off the hook, though. He’s not always right, but he at least attempts to tell the left what they need to hear, which is why I think liberals need Maher more than they know.

“Attention Whole Foods shoppers,” Maher said as he turned his sights on his fellow blue voters. “I know you’re trying to demonstrate to minorities that you’re a sympathetic ally by dumping on your own whiteness, but most minority folks could give a shit.”

Watch the whole clip below.


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