Bill Maher Wonders If ‘Kid Beating’ Is A Black Thing
Maher made the observation that the proliferation of black faces in stories of violent NFL players (off the field) leaves white America with the impression that “Violence is a black thing,” and suggested (by misquoting President Obama) that violence in black communities is born out of a violent historical context (Obama was actually talking about the “poverty and dysfunction” that resulted from things like slavery, not some sort of cycle of learned violence).
“I think racism has moved to the place, in America, where if you don’t see context, that makes you a racist,” Maher said. The great Wendell Pierce, star of Showtime’s Ray Donovan, delivered a great rundown of the context that Maher was referring to, but pointed out that “for every one, two, or three that may have been in the news because of violence, there are another two thousand that deport themselves as gentlemen, as husbands, as fathers, and as great professionals.”
He also identified the true context for that perception:
“When you see me in a certain situation, you think violence. If they see you in a certain situation, people don’t see violence, so the image of the black man being violent has been perpetuated for a long time.”[su_center_ad]
This is a theme that has been especially dominant in the news the past few months, as this view of black people as de facto threats has been apparent in high-profile killings.
In response to Pierce, Salon‘s Joan Walsh declared that “Domestic violence is not a black thing,” to which Maher replied “Of course not,” but then asked “What about kid-spanking, and kid-beating? That seems like something, I mean we all know every black comedian ever has done, even Bill Cosby did a routine about ‘the beatings start tonight.'”
Pierce responded, first, by making a distinction between discipline and abuse (which the law’s tolerance of violence makes difficult), and said “It’s not a black thing, white people beat their kids too, I’ve seen ’em at the Walmart.”
“I don’t think they do it as much,” Maher replied, “because of the reasons you said before, and because it’s an economic thing. Rich white people are the last ones to hit their kids.”
Walsh added “That’s entitlement, that’s white entitlement, and the tragic thing is that black parents have resorted to violence in order to keep their kids in line because they can’t be entitled, because being entitled would be being dead, in some cases.”
“Get beat by your parents so you don’t get it from the cops,” Maher added. Watch…READ MORE