Racism is one of the most hotly debated topics right now and this is not a surprise due to the acts of racism that are playing out in the world. However, while racism is very real and a major issue that needs to be better addressed in this country, it is never acceptable to label and entire group of people as racists when there is no proof to suggest that every member of the group holds such beliefs.
However, this is a situation that happened recently and as a result Sunny Hostin and Meghan McCain found themselves in a heated debate over the topic. Both of the ladies work as hosts on “The View,” a show that often addresses some of the hottest, and often controversial topics, that are playing out throughout the country. Naturally, Trump and racism have been constants on the show since last November.
Hostin initiated the conversation by addressing with McCain something she said on the episode the day before. Hostin felt that McCain was insinuating that Hostin believed that everyone who voted for Trump was misogynistic or racist. Hostin says that she did not state this, but McCain appears to have interpreted Hostin’s comments in a different way.
McCain asked if she could pose a question to Hostin, but Hostin shut her down to say that she wanted to first finish her thought before she forgot what she wanted to say. She says that McCain misunderstood what she was trying to say when she was speaking about racism, Trump and the election as a whole. Hostin continued that she knows Trump voters and some of them are people that she respects. She also said that she is not able to see what is held in people’s hearts. She also brought up Trump starting the birther rumors associated with Obama when he was running for office.
Hostin continued with discussing some of the things that Trump has said which she finds to be distasteful. She also mentioned the housing discrimination history and the insults flung at Gold Star families.
Hostin stated that when you vote for someone that you are essentially complicit. She used racism as an example and said that if you vote for someone with a history of racism, even if you do not consider yourself racist, you are still complicit in the racism that they are promoting. McCain sat back and listened to what Hostin had to say.
The conversation shared between these two ladies is one that takes place in homes, in the media and on social media on a daily basis. Strangers argue, and friends and family members have parted ways over such things in the last year. At the end of the day, these are conversations that need to be had, but it is important that people open their hearts and minds to the opposite side. At this point, there are a lot of people talking, but so very few are listening, causing a major rift throughout the country that just continues to widen with each passing day.