D'Souza on Racism: "Never Have I Seen A Topic Less Experienced and More Talked About"


Author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza joined host Adam Carolla for the entire broadcast of the June 9th airing of the Adam Carolla Show. The two discussed politics, D'Souza's recent appearance on Bill Maher's HBO show, multiculturalism, Islam, race and racism, the Bergdahl trade and more. To download and listen to the podcast, go here.

In this clip, D'Souza talks to Carolla about how and why he came to America, if he experienced racism and how he views racism.

CAROLLA: Were you discriminated against? Were you bullied? What happened?

D'SOUZA: Never have I seen a topic -- in this case, racism -- less experienced and more talked about. In other words -- when I was in college, the talk of racism was everywhere and the reality was, no one could find it. In fact, no matter who you talked to, you say, 'When is the last time it happened to you?'

'Oh, it didn't happen to me, but it's everywhere. It's everywhere.'

So, after a while I realized what happen was the professor started talking about institutional racism. By which they meant, racism so invisible nobody knows where it is. It's underground, it's covert. So, what's happened, I think, in our society is this racism thing is often used as a shaming tactic. But the shaming tactic is in the full knowledge that the person being accused cannot possible be a racist, and here's why.

If somebody were to come to me and say, 'Hey, you're an Indian.' I would go, 'Yes I am, thank you very much.' But, they say you're a racist because they want you to defend yourself. You're going to go, 'No, I'm not. I'm not a racist.' The very fact that you're defending yourself shows that you have a moral code. That's anti-racist. Otherwise, the charge wouldn't work. The accusation only works if you're willing to acknowledge that racism is bad. Our whole society is there now.

Our whole society has no tolerance for racism. None. And so, we've come an awful long way. Look, I wouldn't be an immigrant coming from, let's say Mexico or from India in 1910. I know enough history to know that life would have been more difficult for me. But, boy, this is a different America. (The Adam Carolla Show, June 9, 2014)

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