*A discussion on race has always been a touchy subject when black people and white people are in the room. And now, thanks to the behavior of rogue cops who made the “Black Lives Matter” movement necessary due to their killing of unarmed black men on the regular; and the history of racism in this country, white people are feeling the pressure like never before. On Thursday’s episode of “The Five,” on Fox News, the show’s hosts said that they are in an “impossible situation.”
“It is uncomfortable,” guest host Melissa Francis said, explaining why she has become apprehensive when it comes to talking about issues involving race in the belly of the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
She adds, “Sometimes you feel like it’s hard to say anything right.”
And Kimberly Guilfoyle, a regular host on the show is offended that black people don’t think white’s can truly comprehend the discrimination that black Americans face.
“You’ve got to be inclusive,” Guilfoyle said. “I think it’s very insulting to say, ‘White people don’t understand.’ What are you talking about? You’re part of the problem then if you’re … speaking and labeling all white people, saying they don’t understand the issue or saying they can’t relate. That’s really not giving people much credit, is it?”
Guest host Brian Kilmeade said he was tired of being blamed for everything.
“We’re in an impossible situation,” Kilmeade lamented. “If you come up to us and say there was slavery in this country 220 years ago and white people did it and I hold you responsible, what do you want me, Melissa, Greg and Kimberly to say?” he said, naming the show’s other white hosts. “Number one, my relatives weren’t even here. My ancestors weren’t even here at the time.”
For these hosts I say, you are right. There is no easy way out of your predicament; your feelings of discomfort around the issue of race. Just like there is no easy way out of ours. Its not like black folk can say ‘this is the issue. And white folk respond ‘OK, got it. Racism is over starting tomorrow.'”
Ain’t gonna happen.
And for the life of me, I do not believe that the core of discrimination faced by black people in this country is difficult for every white person to understand. I personally believe there are white people out there mad as hell at what their ancestors (known or unknown, Mr. Kilmeade) created and their offspring continue to perpetuate.
Perhaps a door opening to greater understanding of the issue might come from someone of your own race. Here is an article written by a white woman about white privilege that may break it down for you (the hosts of The Five who may see this) in a way that you can relate to. Writer Maja Tosic calls it, “The Problem with ‘Good’ White Folks.”