During the pro-Trump rally at the National Mall on Saturday, some liberals were looking to spread their own narrative.
CNN reporters cornered an African-American Trump supporter and asked him about white guilt, according to The Daily Caller. When Diante Johnson didn’t respond how they expected, it appears they cut him off. “When it comes to ‘no white guilt,’ I agree with that, I actually just made a post about it on my page and a video about it… There are some white Americans that feel guilty for what their ancestors did, you know, this and that, and the thing about it is, they shouldn’t have to feel guilty; this is America.”
The comment came after CNN reporters saw a number of Trump supporters sporting shirts and signs saying “no white guilt.” The reporter asked Diante Johnson, president of the Black Conservative Federation, “I [have seen] one shirt that said ‘no white guilt,’ things like that. I mean, there have been some messages that might not be that open to folks from diverse perspectives. What would your message be to folks like that?”
Johnson surprised them with his statement that white Americans shouldn’t feel guilty, an opinion in opposition to the liberal narrative.
Following Johnson’s comments, the reporter made it seem odd that he wouldn’t agree with the narrative: “Certainly, an interesting perspective there from an African-American who supports Donald Trump and is here today.”
The advocacy for white guilt has been a push from the Left for a number of years now and has been appearing even in the public education system, according to The Washington Post. Last year, a Virginia school district came under fire for showing their students a video that many parents have called a “white guilt video.”
The video shows track runners of different ethnicities participating in a race meant to metaphorically represent life in America. When the race begins, minority racers are prevented from starting while the white runners get ahead. When the minority runners are allowed to proceed, they must surmount obstacles not experienced by white runners. The obstacles are labeled with everything from slavery to housing segregation. In the end, a white male wins the race while leisurely standing on a moving sidewalk with the word “privilege” hovering near him.
The push by some on the Left for white Americans to feel guilty about historic crimes committed against minorities, or to feel guilt for their success while others might be struggling, has pervaded many elements of society and the media. It has also become common for white Americans who don’t believe they should feel guilt to become labeled as racist.
While the pro-Trump rally didn’t bring out the numbers it expected, it did provide a great example of conservative values, according to ABC News. During the rally, a number of Black Lives Matter activists showed up, causing some concern. Instead of shouting them away or violently attacking them like some might have expected, they were invited to share their thoughts.
According to the rally organizer, they were given the opportunity to speak in order to demonstrate free speech and tolerance. “It’s your right to say whatever you believe, and it’s their [the crowd’s] right to let you know what they think about what you’re saying. The important thing is that everybody has a right to speak their mind.”
Many in the United States believe that race relations were much better before the Obama administration. Did Barack Obama affect a resurgence of race-based guilt in the United States?
This is something that CNN seemingly doesn’t agree with, since they cut off the mic feed on the Trump supporter. Whether intentional or not, it gave the appearance that they were unwilling to give the man a voice when his opinions didn’t match with their narrative.
Hopefully, those on the Left can see the kindness pro-Trumpers extended to Black Lives Matter activists and perhaps learn something of tolerance, what free speech actually means, and how we can remain civil even though we disagree.