King of conservative radio, host Rush Limbaugh, reached out last weekend to Charlamagne tha God, who is the host of “The Breakfast Club,” probably the most influential radio program amongst African Americans, to debate the ongoing riots going on throughout the country right now.
Rush wanted to understand the views of black America as protests raged in the wake of the death last week of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis, a Democrat-run city that is in a Democrat-run state. The dialogue of the discussion, which aired on Monday, was intensely enlightening.
A lot of the time, the two were talking over each other. For Charlamagne and his co-hosts, America is deeply troubled by racism and “white supremacy.” For Limbaugh, America today allows anyone to realize their dreams.
There was a moment that encapsulated the entire problem — and explained the fact that many white, well-off Americans seem to be deeply involved in leading and fomenting the violence that has marred the Floyd protests.
The moment arrived after Limbaugh asked Charlamagne how he proposed to resolve the problem of racism. Charlamagne stated that was not his question to answer: rather, it was Limbaugh who, as a white man, had to undo “white privilege.”
I want to start off by saying it was very encouraging to hear Charlamagne say at the beginning of the broadcast (which I commend everyone to listen to the whole thing) that he reached out to Rush because he differs in opinion so much from himself and who he represents, and said that the dialogue has to be open beyond “who we know or who we’re talking to every morning.” Bravo for him, because he admitted he believes people of differing viewpoints need to get outside of their own bubble and talk it out with the other side.
Here’s part of the transcript:
RUSH: How do you stop it? (overtalking)
CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: I have a question for you. I want to know. How are you gonna use your privilege as a white male to combat this prejudice. You got a direct line to Donald Trump. (overtalking)
RUSH: No, wait a minute, I don’t buy into the notion of white privilege. See, I think that’s a liberal —
RUSH: That’s a liberal — (overtalking)
CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: You’re being delusional.
RUSH: — political construct right along the lines of political correctness. It’s designed to intimidate and get people to shut up and admit they’re guilty of doing things they haven’t done. I don’t have any white privilege — (overtalking)
CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: Rush… do you…. do you know what white privilege is? White privilege is that what happened to George Floyd would not have happened to a white man.
RUSH: If what happened to George Floyd had happened to a white man we probably wouldn’t have even heard about it.
CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: Huh?
There was a recognizable silence as Charlamagne and his colleagues had been caught by surprise. They were stunned that someone would say that. Rush was saying if Floyd were white we wouldn’t have heard about it. Granted, the Breakfast Club crew went on to say we all would have heard about it because the cop would have been charged immediately, but we all know what Rush was saying. The mainstream news media would not have picked up the story if an unarmed white man were killed by a black police officer, because a story like that goes against their liberal narratives.
Of course there have been white victims: Tony Timpa, for example, died in the custody of Dallas police in 2016. But his death did not provoke riots or become a national cause — nor did anyone take it as evidence of the conduct of police in general.
Charlamagne had not considered the problem from that angle. But what was even more revealing was that he was unwilling to discuss solutions to racism unless they involved Rush Limbaugh committing to ending “white privilege.”
In other words, Charlamagne gave power over his life, over black America itself, to a white man.
So, rather than do the work to find a solution for himself, and the people he represents, he gave all the power of the dynamic over to a white guy, or white America. Whoa!
Putting “white privilege” in the center of the issue also places white people in the leadership position. I don’t think that’s what Charlamagne set out to do, but he’s not really that bright when it comes to talking philosophy and ideology over spouting liberal cliches that usually work well with guilt-ridden white liberals, but not with people who use their brain for a living.
With that in mind, it all of the sudden becomes clear why so many young white Americans have been drawn to radicalism: not simply because they’ve been indoctrinated by their elite colleges or by Hollywood, but additionally because in a world where “white privilege” is the decisive issue, they are often the leaders. Ironically, “white privilege,” as a concept, gives whites more power.
We’ve seen videos of young black activists disarming ANTIFA rioters who were handing out bricks, and others who took spray paint cans out of the hands of masked white kids who were going to vandalize their neighborhoods with anti-American slogans, etc.
But at the same time, it is discouraging to see that there are few black leaders the movement, or the black community, can turn to for proper guidance. They all bought into the anti-American rants that the Marxists taught them to believe. To divert their own culpability, leftists convinced black Americans that America, especially white America, did to them all of the awful things that black people faced over time. But the reality of it is, it wasn’t America that did those things. It was the Democratic Party. America was founded on the idea that all men are created equal. The Democratic Party did not, and still do not.
Crucial voices of a new generation declare “white privilege” is the central focus. That could be comforting since it shifts the burden.
But it’s also crippling, and it merely reaffirms a racist hierarchy that Charlamagne tha God and Rush Limbaugh each, in their own manner, abhors.
Rich is syndicated opinion columnist for David Harris Jr., The Range, Illicit Info and other online publications. “Raised under Reagan, suffered under Clinton”