Scholar turned crackpot Dinesh D’Souza went on his old Dartmouth girlfriend Laura Ingraham’s radio show and claimed that black people don’t face any discrimination or mistreatment anymore and they’re just holding on to slavery, which began 400 years ago here. It’s another absurd right-wing response to the New York Times’ Project 1619.
LAURA INGRAHAM (HOST): Of course they’ll say look at El Paso, look at these mass shootings, look at these online postings Dinesh. And if you in any way you try to downplay any risk of mainstreaming of white supremacy and the freaks that are in their basements tweeting or posting about it, then you’re yourself a racist. That’s how the argument always goes.
DINESH D’SOUZA: And so their narrative is contradicted by everyday experience. Even if you stop an African-American or a minority and say listen, what’s the most racist thing that’s happened to you in the last year, not the last day, but the last year — did anybody call you the n-word, did anybody kick you down the street, did anybody deny you a job — no, no, no, no, no, well you know something really horrible happened in 1619.This is the Democrats’ argument. So politically, I’m really not sure it carries the weight that they think. But it’s a horrible kind of drumbeat of propaganda, they dominate the airwaves. So it’s a nasty thing that they’re doing but it still may not work.
And he knows this from his many conversations with black people, of course. Now if you actually do talk to black people, they will tell you about all types of suspicious and discrimination. If he looked at the statistics from our criminal justice system, it would be quite obvious. Or to the many, many studies that show that black people are discriminated against in employment, discrimination and banking. But no, anonymous anecdotes based on conversations with hypothetical people erases all that data. It’s just black people being hysterical, amirite?