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Ijeoma Oluo - You Can't "Win" a Conversation About Race - The Opposition w/ Jordan Klepper
   Comedy Central
  Published: 6 days ago

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Writer Ijeoma Oluo explains why empathy for other people's lived experiences is at the heart of positive racial dialogue in her book "So You Want to Talk About Race."

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The Opposition w/ Jordan Klepper airs weeknights at 11:30/10:30c on Comedy Central.
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2 days ago
So we should automatically assume that someone calling you racist has a legitimate point and isn't just pulling a ripcord on a conversation because they don't have a real argument?And why should the melanin content of someone's skin determine whether or not they get to talk about MLK (a man who strove to bring the races together and not be needlessly divisive like this woman appears to be)? Thankfully, I'm half-asian and therefore not prohibited from talking about MLK according to her rules.


2 days ago
Making race a big deal just creates division, race is not that big of a deal.
This is not want Martin wanted if he saw that this woman was telling white people that they can’t talk about him he would be disgusted because it takes away the progress he made for equality


3 days ago
She doesnt seem angry at all? Why are you gringos so angry at the very people you've been treating so horribly over the years ? I thought she was brilliant and funny, and it looks like Jordan did too...


3 days ago
Yeah, she's just dividing people. So we're clear here: I know this country is messed up for black people. I know quite a few black people who are put through racist bull****. One was recommended to a job interview, then turned down on sight (after the "interview" the woman called up the person who recommended him and said, "you didn't tell me he was black.") One was always, always, always, getting stopped by cops (because apparently if you wear skate shoes and are black, I can stop and question you and you will point the way to all of the crime in your city.) ... and one even had to grow up in Texas (not BECAUSE she was black, but from the sound of things, being black in Texas is like being covered in kerosene and then prodded by lit cigarettes.)

Anyways, I learned a few of their experiences, as you can tell. Enough to know that I can take people's word for it, give them the benefit of the doubt, when they say, "life sucks for people of my group."

But if they had said, "some of us need to listen while others talk." if they had said, "someone is trying to give you an opportunity to learn [by insulting you]." I would not have learned even one of their stories. Nah, I'd have been like, "and a middle finger to you as well!"


3 days ago
Always shifting responsibility and blame... America is fucked.


3 days ago
This person is faux intellectual and honestly sounding pretty fucking racist.


3 days ago
What's funny is I see racism in everything too - BLACK history month, BLACK entertainment television, BLACK congressional caucus, BLACK lives matter, etc. etc. Where's Insert another race history month?


4 days ago
Lol a not 100% black person pretending that she is all black. Martin Luther didn't just talk about black people he talked about all races and colors and he looped us all in the same boat where we should all live together and be free from racism in all avenues. Don't listen to people like her trying to cash in with a long line of b.s.


4 days ago
I cant talk about MLK cause im white who the hell is she to tell anyone who they can talk about


4 days ago
I applaud her efforts and her book, but she makes it sound as if African Americans are the only race who face discrimination


4 days ago
Why do half white, half black people always say they are black?
Am I missing something?
Is there a limit to how white you can be?
I'm like 1.38 % black.
does that mean I can use the race card?


4 days ago
Oh... guess I’m not allowed to talk about MLK. That seems.... good?


4 days ago
Lol! Alll these hate comments from whites! Listen then maybe you’ll understand/learn something. But i doubt that y’all will, Y’all never did. Truth hurts. She speaks the truth. Good book.


4 days ago
How black do you have to be to,
To not be racist?
My great grandfather was black,
But I'm even more white then that lady.


4 days ago
I looked at five comments and scrolled up. Best decision I ever made.


4 days ago
STOP SEPARATING US!!!!


4 days ago
First nigga that drops the word Nigger, wins. Period.


4 days ago
Waiiit... So when somebody calls you a racist you automatically are a racist?


4 days ago
complains about racism, then says white people cant talk about mlk??!


4 days ago
Where to begin. First of all race is a social construct devised a few hundred years ago to justify treating fellow human beings as sub human. It was wrong. The system was wrong. And the legacy is felt today by all who didn’t own it, no matter their ethnicity and skin tone. Secondly as soon as you put a moratorium on 'white people' from talking about one of the greatest Americans of all time, MLK, you are trying to be the authority of speech which kills dialogue, creates unhelpful taboos , puts you in a false seat of authority, and doesn’t actually help anything. by the way, putting everyone in a category called white or black is just racist, for lack of a better word. I like to think of it as arbitrary categorisation but that’s not catchy. We need to love more, listen more and guide each other more and better still raise our voice for the underprivileged as one of the privileged no matter who we are.


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