In the wake of a conservative pundit’s remarks, civil rights attorney and activist Bakari Sellers wants to reassure white people that Black people don’t want to take anything away from them, we just want equal rights in America.
“All we really want are the things that are our inalienable rights,” Sellers said Wednesday, Dec. 21, on “CNN Tonight.”
Since Bill O’Reilly’s controversial statements during the Dec. 20 broadcast of “The O’Reilly Factor,” liberal pundits have been on the attack. O’Reilly claimed that the Left’s attempt to abolish the Electoral College are rooted in the desire to remove power from the “white establishment.”
“Talking Points believes this is all about race,” O’Reilly said. “The Left sees white privilege in America as an oppressive force that must be done away with. The Left wants power taken away from the white establishment. Taking voting power away from the white precincts is the quickest way to do that.”
Sellers could not believe that someone like O’Reilly would express such a white nationalistic viewpoint.
“If you close your eyes, you believe that you’re listening to a clip from 1968 or Apartheid South Africa,” Sellers says. “This whole concept of white supremacy, this whole concept of this white nationalist rhetoric. I’m astounded to actually hear it out of Bill O’Reilly’s mouth, a very highly rated late-night TV show.”
But Sellers insisted that this new movement from the Left is not entirely about the Electoral College. To him, it is about destroying institutions tied to white supremacy and racism in the nation.
“We do need to talk about how we’re going to disband some of these remnants of white supremacy that still exist. That is the larger conversation that has to be had,” Sellers says.
“We also have to talk about the simple fact that African-Americans, we don’t want anything from white people,” he says. “It’s not as if we want to take something from white nationalists or take something from white supremacists.”