Professor tells white woman, “I have no respect for your ancestors”

Published On June 27, 2015 | By Admin | Politics, The latest posts, video, What's happening right now

This interview by Professor Paul Butler might be the most powerful interview anyone has seen in the past several years.  On the Diane Rehm Show on NPR, Butler was addressed by a white woman who said that although she agrees that the Confederate flag should be taken down, she wants to show respect for her ancestors.  To which Butler replied:

I have no respect for your ancestors. As far as your ancestors are concerned, I shouldn’t be a law professor at Georgetown. I should be a slave. That’s why they fought that war. I don’t understand what it means to be proud of a legacy of terrorism and violence.

Last week at this time, I was in Israel. The idea that a German would say, you know, that thing we did called the Holocaust, that was wrong, but I respect the courage of my Nazi ancestors. That wouldn’t happen.

Butler has his supporters.  Even though his remarks seemed controversial at the time, Dr Boyce Watkins also says that Butler’s assessment on white supremacy is right on point.

“Somehow, we were taught to be nice about the suffering of our ancestors, as if it’s just a thing of the past that doesn’t matter,” said Dr Watkins.  “Black people shouldn’t be polite when speaking about what our ancestors went through.  This was our version of the holocaust.  Not only should the Confederate flag be taken down, but we also deserve reparations.  Many institutions and fortunes are still standing today because of the wealth that was stolen from black people over the last several hundred years.”

How sensitive should people be about this issue? Take a look at the video and tell us what you think.

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