DAVE ROSS

Finally a teachable moment during useless game of ‘bigot pong’

Aug 29, 2016, 6:25 AM | Updated: Aug 31, 2016, 7:22 am

So just to review, Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton a bigot. Clinton then declared Trump’s campaign to be a bigot magnet. Then Trump forwarded a red-hot tweet charging that Clinton was mentored by a KKK member.

And what we have learned from this game of bigot pong is precisely nothing.

Related: What would be on Trump’s American religion test?

But on the positive side, this man also got some coverage last week.

“I’m a white male and I am prejudice,” a man admitted on C-SPAN.

The viewer from North Carolina called up C-SPAN during a discussion of race and admitted that reading the newspaper had left him fearful of young black men.

“[And] I come off as being prejudiced, but I just have fears,” he said. “I don’t like to be forced to like people. I like to be led to like people through example.”

The guest, Heather McGhee, who is African-American, was momentarily speechless. But then began with this advice: get to know black families.

She also suggested going to a black church, turning off the news once in a while. But, mainly, she just seemed grateful that he was courageous enough to call.

“And I will say people of all races and ethnicities and backgrounds hold these fears and prejudices,” McGhee said. “And so your ability to just say this is what I have, I have these fears and prejudices and I want to get over them, is one of the most powerful things we can do right now in this moment in history.”

That you can learn something from.

Dave Ross on KIRO Radio 97.3 FM
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Finally a teachable moment during useless game of ‘bigot pong’