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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