Carolla Wants To Know What’s Wrong With Blacks And Latinos

Tough but necessary discussion.

Tough but necessary discussion.

California’s Lt. Governor got into an interesting discussion the other day with radio host Adam Carolla. Carolla took the conversation into interesting territory when he said this about the lack of banking accounts among Blacks and Hispanics in the state:

“I want to know why [Blacks and Latinos] are struggling,” Carolla continued. “Do Asians have this problem? Why do so many [Blacks and Latinos]? Blacks have been here longer than we have. What about Asians–they were put in internment camps. Are they at the check cashing places?”

“Why are [these problems] concentrated in the African American community?” Newsom responded. “Look at the history. It’s naïve to suggest that those things don’t matter.”

“How about the Jews?” asked Carolla. “No problems in the past? Whose had it worse? Why are the Jews doing well? [...] Why do some groups do so much better? I’ll tell you why: They have a family who puts an emphasis on education.”

Carolla then credited socioeconomic inequality on the lack of two-parent households.

“The family is the number one problem in the Black community. […] It’s simple. Fathers, stay at home, raise your family, do your homework with your kids, put an emphasis on education like the Jews, like the Asians, and let’s see what happens to the problem in 20 years.”

Newsom definitely wasn’t expecting that kind of discussion. But frankly I’m glad Carolla went there. His points need to be discussed in the light of day because I am sure people say these things in private anyway. And I do believe, while he grossly oversimplified the cultural components, and the history, there is room to discuss his points.

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7 thoughts on “Carolla Wants To Know What’s Wrong With Blacks And Latinos

  1. It’s sad that some people don’t know why some Black and Latino families are struggling. That ignorance shows how U.S. communities are segregated and people don’t know or understand other people’s lived realities.

    People born into privilege don’t understand the cold hard force of the New Jim Crow, the war on drugs, institutionalized white supremacy, stop-n-frisk, the school-to-prison pipeline, the prison industrial complex and a living history of oppression and disrespect.

    When the police and prisons continually lock up Black and Brown men, that removes the bread winner and the role models for young Black and Brown children. Those children learn that the government is unfair and not to be trusted because they took away their father, their heart, their friend, their caregiver, their support from the family and community.

    • Well said, Glenn! That is the bottom line. Why do you think that is so?

      Over here, on the ohter side of the pond in Europe, thsee social ills you mention appear in the same way but in a European context.

      • I suppose it’s easier for those of European heritage to think that they are superior then to give dignity and respect to brothers and sisters of color.

  2. It’s not Black and Brown that have anything wrong, it’s the oppressors who are the problem.

    • Earnest Harris says:

      Too complicated for Carolla I think. Or just doesn’t want to think about the reasons for the disparities.

  3. I’d like to know why Carolla and people like him don’t ask why so many European-American men are mass-shooters.

    I’d like to know what Carolla and people that think like him would have to say about T.J. Lane http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/19/teenage-gunman-in-ohio-mocks-victims-families/

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