Sunny Hostin and Ana Navarro pushed back on George Will’s claims about reparations and racial injustice.
The conservative argued in his new book that economic opportunity should be enough to overcome structural racism, but Hostin disagreed, saying that reparations could be a necessary step to closing the gap on centuries of injustice.
“I think you’re mistaken when you say it will be a big political issue,” Will said. “If you want to deepen the discord, and I believe we have enough, start trying to assign guilt across eight generations that have passed in America since this. Million African-Americans self-identify as mixed race. How do they figure in the race in the reparations picture?”
Hostin said she could personally answer that, but Will continued on.
“We have had the majority of Americans that are today living in America are descended to people who came after the 13th amendment was enacted,” he said. “They had no connection with slavery. What do we do, by the way, about the 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent — most of them American citizens who were interned during the Second World War.”
Co-host Joy Behar pointed out the U.S. government had paid a settlement to some of them, but Will shrugged that off as an insignificant amount.
“You have the Irish who used to look for jobs and it said, Irish need not apply,” Will added. “That’s not the same thing as slavery, but it gives you some sense of the difficulties.”
Hostin had heard enough.
“Because something is difficult, does that mean we shouldn’t approach it?” she said. “We put man on the moon. We’ve solved crimes with DNA. We’ve done so much in this country. There’s still disparate treatment, there is a significant wealth gap. All that people are asking about is a commission to study reparations, and there is pushback about that.”
Will complained that wealth inequality should not be framed as a racial issue.
“One can address the problem of wealth inequality without raising the issue of reparations and without making it racial,” he said, “because there are an enormous number of people of all colors that are all poor.”
That’s when Navarro jumped in.
“How can you not make it about race when we’re talking about slavery?” she asked.
“What I’ve suggested is, don’t talk about it as a racial matter,” Will said.
“Oh, George,” Navarro said.
Former Fox & Friends co-host Clayton Morris flees the US as he faces two dozen lawsuits
Facing more than two-dozen lawsuits alleging he committed real estate fraud, former "Fox & Friends Weekend" co-host Clayton Morris has reportedly fled the United States, according to the Indianapolis Star.
Morris, who previously resided in a $1.4 million home in New Jersey, moved his family to a coastal resort town in Portugal, the newspaper reported, citing a Facebook post from his wife.
Morris's wife and business partner, former MSNBC anchor Natali Morris, told the IndyStar that she and her husband plan to continue fighting the lawsuits from abroad.
Trump defenders argued his latest tweets weren’t really racist — but he just completely undercut their arguments
If you try to defend President Donald Trump, you will always end up having the rug pulled out from underneath you. It's a law of nature.
And yet, so many of the president's allies have failed to learn this simple lesson. So when Trump launched a new attack at progressive Democratic lawmakers that was one of his most obviously racist smears, inevitably, some of his defenders tried to deny the obvious truth.
His screed attacked a group of women who have come to define the left wing of the Democratic caucus, which includes Reps. Ilhan Omar (MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Rashida Talib (MI), and Ayanna Pressley (MA). Though only Omar is an immigrant (she was a refugee from Somalia as a child), Trump seemed to assume all four women of color weren't born in the United States, and most egregiously, he suggested they should "go back" to other countries:
UK prime minister hopefuls slam Trump tweets — but refuse to call them racist
The two candidates vying to become Britain's next prime minister both condemned on Monday US President Donald Trump's xenophobic tweets about progressive Democrat congresswomen as "totally offensive" and "totally unacceptable".
But front-runner Boris Johnson and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt refused to call the tweets racist when pressed to do so during their last debate before next week's announcement of who will succeed Prime Minister Theresa May.
May's spokesman had earlier said that the outgoing leader's view was that Trump's comments were "completely unacceptable".
On Monday Trump doubled down on a series of his tweets from the day before urging the four congresswomen of colour to "go back" to the countries they came from.