I'm Charles Shaughnessy & Here's A Thought with Roger Guenveur Smith 9.18.2014



If you missed this thought provoking show with my guest Roger Guenveur Smith, You can watch it in the archives now.  I will be discussing more on this topic on my #TBT show, this Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 3 pm pst on TradioV.com

What were your thoughts? If you still have comments and questions, based on the show topic, put them in the comments section below.

Thanks to all you thoughters~
Charlie

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  1. It was a stimulating discussion to follow... looking forward to hear more on your upcoming #TBT Show...

    No new comments -I put one question & a thought in the precedent post- only the sad impression there is still a long way to go...
    I can't post pictures here but I did on the twitter page: this famous dream Martin Luther King had is still to fulfill... worldwide :-(

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  2. It was a very interesting show. I agree, and it's pretty obvious, that racialism in different forms, is still part of our society. I do believe, however, that the majority of people are not racist at all and that things are better than they were! Children are color blind. They do not see color as a difference when they are young! Our goal must be to keep this throughout their lives.
    As a child and young person in Africa, I lived on both sides of the race issue, so I know exactly how it feels to be judged or excluded based on your skin color. I am looking forward to the day when the color of a person is not mentioned at all. I believe that when color is not brought up, it will lose its importance. It has already happened in the Sports world. Now we need to try and make it happen in everyday life!
    My question - Do you think racialism is tied to economics? Is there more racialism in the less affluent sections of cities?
    Thanks for another great show and I am looking forward to hearing more on your #TBT show this week.

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  3. The show itself was interesting, and I can see why Roger is a successful actor! His voice is incredible!! It was obvious that Charlie was really enjoying himself, which is always fun to watch. I was very moved by Roger's experience during the Rodney King episode, it must have been a very frightening time.
    I would like to comment on one little segment of the show, though. It sounds like I'm not the only one who asked about conservatives being called "racist" for not agreeing with Obama's ideology and performance. Charlie, you said it was racist to keep quiet for fear of being called a racist, then asked Roger what he thought....and he proceeded to talk about how he doesn't believe conservatives are concerned about being called racist! That's his belief, and he's entitled to it...but if felt like our legitimate complaint was just blown off. If I understood Roger(and I do get that he was speaking extemporaneously, so maybe would have worded things differently if he'd been able to prepare a response)..he basically said "Well, that's the ammunition of the right, to criticize Obama for making racist policies, and I don't think conservatives are concerned about being called racist, some welcome and wallow in it".
    As I said, I do understand that the black community sees this situation through "different eyes" because of their experiences, and I'm not trying to downplay the reality of true racism. I fully understand that Roger truly feels this way. But how can I(and others) agree with Dr King about judging people on the content of their character instead of the color of their skin, support Clarence Thomas' political views, admire Colin Powell, love(still do!) Condi Rice, and totally support and follow Dr Ben Carson.....and be racists? It makes no sense, and it makes me very sad.

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  4. I think we still need to address why conservatives are automatically presumed to be racist because of their political beliefs. Using the logic that “all conservatives are racists” because of a few misguided souls, fifty years ago you could also have said “all Southern Democrats are racists” because of their opposition to the Civil Rights Act—which obviously was incorrect because the president was a Southern Democrat who signed the Civil Rights Act into law. Having been called a racist (officially, in a discrimination complaint filed against me with the Human Resources Department) because I treated someone equally and didn’t bend over backwards to give him special privileges, the “R” word is one that is used far too often (and often erroneously) to the point that if true racism is occurring, it could be ignored because of “crying wolf” too often. As an example, take a look at the recent incident in which an African American actress claimed that she had been harassed, attacked, beaten, etc. by white police officers—when, in actuality, she was the one misbehaving, not the officers. In Ferguson, the autopsy ordered by the family showed that the African American youth was facing the officers, not retreating (it’s not possible to be shot in the front of your upper arm if you are walking away), yet the response still is “hands raised, walking away,” which contradicts what the autopsy showed. Notice how the outcry faded away when the physical evidence provided a different interpretation from that initially reported by the mass media.

    I’m not denying that racism still exists in the United States. But it’s not just white vs. black racism; it’s also black vs. white. It’s hard to believe cries of racism when you have Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, etc. arriving at the “scene of the crime” and immediately turning the narrative into “whitey bad, poor African American youth another victim.” Yet, at the same time, you don’t see them when an African American police officer shoots a white youth.

    By the way, here’s a thought—if you want a different perspective on race relations and politics in the United States, perhaps you should invite Stacey Dash to be a guest on your show. Her experiences in many ways typify the vitriol people experience when they dare to oppose President Obama for his policies…and she also would show that there are some African Americans who have been harassed, verbally attacked, etc. because they dared to oppose the president. Somehow, it’s been unacceptable to oppose Obama, yet it was perfectly fine to make the same criticisms of policy decisions about previous presidents. And they thought Reagan was the “Teflon president…”

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  5. Charlie it was a wonderful show, very informative & I learned a lot. About to watch it again. Like to watch past shows the day before a new show. You were meant to do a show like this, you're brilliant.

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  6. I`m afraid Roger beat around the bush when I ask why black celebrities tend to give their time and money for projects more outside outside the US than support their own . I did not only mean schools , but getting projects going or just by motivation to self initiative.His answer being that schools should and are financed through tax money, but most of these people live in areas where little or no taxes are paid!
    With all this discussion about racism going on it is usual organizations run by white communities that do the helping!
    Have the Black celebrities given up on their own and think its not worth it helping . Looking at these issues as an outsider I think this whole issue of racism in the US goes back to a few back in the 18th century who held slaves , and when they received their freedom , nobody bothered to get education for them but there were kept on a low level as far as education and until the 1960 s.As a result of this and a few educated blacks of that time there is a definite reverse racism going on and any one who dares to criticize is called a racist!!

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