Bill Maher On Racism: "Open Your Eyes White America, It Is So Not Over"

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BILL MAHER: I think what he was trying to teach -- a teachable moment for the American public -- was that the frustration in the black community here is not just about the verdict, it's about this culture of suspicion that follows black people around. He said:

"There are very few African American men in this country who haven't had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me. There are very few African American men who haven't had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. And don't get me started about reality shows."

I made that last one up. So I think he's just asking -- and we have two conservatives -- conservatives, especially, to say, 'we admit there is a problem.' Can we get that?

FMR. REP. CONNIE MACK (R-FL): I thought the president today -- I know there is going to be a lot of debate about should he have or shouldn't he have, but in my opinion, he's the first black president of the United States of America.

MAHER: What?!

MACK: Yes.

MAHER: We always make news on this show.

MACK: I think it would've of been strange if he hadn't. I think it would've been -- I think people would have asked more questions of why hasn't he made the statement. So, I'm not going to be one of those that says he shouldn't have made the statements today, that he shouldn't have gone to -- make the press conference.

MAHER: But lots of conservatives said it was race-baiting and it seems to be their position that unless you are marching down the street with a white hood on and burning a cross on somebodies lawn, racism is over. And I think what the president is saying is, no, open your eyes white America, it is so not over.

And I just think that they want that recognition. I mean, I've said this before: I would be a very bad black person because I would not have taken it as well as they have. I really wouldn't. I'd be a lot more pissed off. I mean, I'm really amazed that the parents, Trayvon Martin's parents. Wow. (HBO's Real Time, July 19, 2013)

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