The former House Speaker shares a moving conversation about unity with the CNN analyst.
“It took me a long time, and a number of people talking to me through the years to get a sense of this. If you are a normal white American, the truth is you don’t understand being black in America and you instinctively under-estimate the level of discrimination and the level of additional risk," Gingrich said.
He continued, speaking about his childhood: “It was still legally segregated, which meant the local sheriff and National Guard would impose, by force, the taking away of rights of Americans. We’ve come a fair distance, now we have a black mayor of Atlanta, and have had a series of them in fact. We have John Lewis who went from marching on Selma to a Democratic whip in Congress. But we’ve stalled out on the cultural, economic, practical progress we needed.”
That lack of progress, Gingrich said, “creates the kind of alienation where it begins to become legitimate to think about, whether it’s in songs or slogans or whatever, the shooting of policemen. If we were to continue in this direction of alienation on both sides, you could really be a very coarse and dangerous society in 10 or 15 years.”
Gingrich with some interesting thoughts on race in his FB live chat: "It's more dangerous to be black in America." pic.twitter.com/DE1PwdzGXG— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) July 8, 2016
More Newt on race: "If you are a normal, white American, the truth is you don’t understand being black in America" pic.twitter.com/702MmNJo45— Alan He (@alanhe) July 8, 2016
Gingrich: "sometimes for whites it’s difficult to appreciate how real" being black in America is more dangerous pic.twitter.com/N8wFkR1Kue— Alan He (@alanhe) July 8, 2016