With guest host John Donvan.
“White privilege,” Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and America’s complicated conversation on race.
Facts are facts. Reality is reality. Except, it seems, when Americans address each other matters of race and responsibility. That’s become obvious in the wake of protests that came out of Ferguson and Staten Island. One reality sees racism as still a living poison that leads to police killings and job discrimination, and a concept of “white privilege” that keeps African Americans at a constant disadvantage. In the other reality, white privilege is a fiction — and a bad excuse — for individual and even group failure. This hour, On Point: talking race: Where is that conversation, and where is it going?
– John Donvan