Viral VIDEO: Civil Rights Leader Rejects Idea of Reparations and ‘Systemic Racism’
Woodson: “The big crisis facing this nation is not racial. It is the moral and spiritual freefall that is consuming our children.”
Civil rights leader and founder of the Woodson Center, Robert Woodson appeared on Dr. Phil’s show last month, and the video of his remarks is now making the rounds.
For good reason: It’s fantastic.
Wow. Civil Rights leader leaves Dr. Phill & his audience speechless after rejecting the idea of “systemic racism” & reparations.
👏🏾 Beautifully said. pic.twitter.com/3DrdcuMOw6
— Melissa Tate (@TheRightMelissa) May 12, 2023
Fox News reported at the time:
Veteran civil rights activist Bob Woodson condemned the idea of reparations for past slavery on an episode of “Dr, Phil,” suggesting that an anti-White mindset behind it is toxic for the Black community.
Dr. Phil hosted an episode on Tuesday where guests debated the morality and practicality of giving reparations to the Black descendants of slavery in the United States. Woodson, the author of “Red, White, and Black: Rescuing American History from Revisionists and Race Hustlers” was one of his guests, and he slammed the very concept of reparations from a variety of angles.
“When you go into slavery, it’s much more complex than all White people were the oppressors, and Black people were the victims,” he said. “If you dissect it, you will find there were about 3,700 free Blacks who owned 12,000 slaves — Black slaves. The question is, do the descendants of those free Blacks who owned Black slaves, do they pay?”
. . . . “Blacks really benefited more the first 100 years after slavery than we have in the last 50 years,” he said. “I was born in 1937 during the Depression. Everyone in my small, low-income Black community, 98% of the households, had a man and a woman raising children. Elderly people could walk safely in that community without fear of being assaulted by their grandchildren. Never heard of gunfire during that time. Never heard of a child being shot to death in the crib, but there are 50 children today who have been shot and killed in our cities.”
Woodson pivoted to suggest that the Black community needs to shift its mindset away from blaming White Americans for its problems.
“If you’re talking about remedies, we’ve got to look beyond saying that every solution has to have a winner and a loser – that Blacks can only benefit if Whites lose. We have to be defined [as] more than just victims of oppression,” he argued. “When Whites were at their worst, Blacks were at their best. When we were denied access to hotels, we built our own.”
“We have to communicate to our people the history of how they achieved in the face of oppression,” Woodson added. “But if we continue to sit back and say all of the challenges that we face in out-of-wedlock births, the violence, that somehow the control of that is in the hands of White America, and therefore, until White people change, there’s nothing that we can do – this sets up a terrible situation for this nation.”
. . . . His proposed solution was to “come together and look beyond race and realize America is drowning because it’s in a moral and spiritual freefall,” and to “be defined by what we want to become in the future” rather than remind them of past problems.
Video illustrating how the left destroyed the black family https://t.co/ds89Acwrd0
— Melissa Tate (@TheRightMelissa) May 12, 2023
Watch the full Dr. Phil episode (Woodson’s segment begins around 22:55):
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Uh – Oh.
“He is the Black face of White supremacy” coming in 3, 2, 1 …
Al Sharpton, please pick up a white courtesy telephone….
Bless his heart.. 85 and still going strong. Great article Fuzzy.. I was glad to see this here.
I was just thinking earlier today that slavery left in 1865 and returned in 1964. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
The difference being, the 1964 slavery was embraced, not taught.
If there ever was a twitter tweet that needs to hold the record for most shared – it would be the one Fuzzy included included in this post (Claudia, 1974).
Bob starts with diversity of color and class, but, with the fullness of his lived experience, quickly acknowledges an enduring truth: diversity of individuals, minority of one. Judge an individual by the content of their character. Judge a philosophy by the content of its principles.
Don’t capitalize black.
Don’t capitalize white.
I don’t. 😛
I applaud him for being public in his stance.
Such a stand would go far in salving racial animosity.
That having been said, I’ve never heard of this fellow or his foundation.
Why aren’t the “big names” everybody knows by heart doing what Woodson is doing?
Is it because they want the animosity? Because that’s how you get it.
I tried websearching this movie to find out who the white actress is (her voice sounds so familiar but I’m coming up blank). It’s as if this movie has been Streisanded from the Internet. Tried several search engines including Brave. They’re all happy to give me lots of hits on “Claudine” (also 1974) and unrelated “Claudia” moves from 1943 and 2019, but nothing on this one. The best hit is a poor synopsis from Turner Classic Movies, which seems to have a cast list of only the black actors, most without photos.
That shouldn’t be possible, should it?
(What’s that green glow from the swamp?)
Elisa Loti Is the social worker, wiki
Want to help restore the family unit? Here are some suggestions to address a few aspects of the problem;
1.Mandatory paternity tests for every birth before anyone is listed on a birth certificate as the Father
2. The return of Shotgun weddings to receive govt benefits
3. Reform of divorce laws to preclude Alimony for no fault divorce filings
4. Every Child custody decision operating from the presumption of 50/50 shared custody with primary custody to Mother under age 8 and to Father 8 and up and yes that means the kids move in with Dad at age 8
5. Move out of town and lose custody
Mr Woodson Has Been A Voice For
Common Sense & Reason, As Far
As I Am Concerned for The Last Thirty Years !