'Nobody is being covert with their racism and bigotry': Charlamagne Tha God reminds the Real Time audience
TV and radio personality Charlamagne Tha God reminded Bill Maher's Real Time audience Friday night that the presidential term has exposed a lot about the people of this country, and that there is, in fact, a silver lining at play.
The revelation came when Maher read a question directed at Charlamagne, written by a fan of the show: 'Since your next book is about fear and anxiety, what do you think is the number one issue we as a country have to fear?'
"The easy answer would be Donald Trump," said Charlamagne. "But I would say just say prejudice in general. Martin Luther King Jr. once said he wants to live in a country where people are judged people by the content of their character, not the color of their skin."
"I think we need to broaden that out," he added. "And say not just the color of your skin but your sexuality, your gender, your religion. If we can really just eliminate prejudice across the board and treat people as people the country will be a better place."
"But can we do that politically?" Maher inquired. "And how do you legislate that?"
"As a person that is a governor you have to be humane and you have to want justice for all," Charlamagne told the Real Time host. "I think if you have those two attributes it’s pretty easy, regardless of what side you’re on."
Is it that easy, though?
Maher, seemingly distressed at today's voters, argued: "It’s tough when you get to that level where people just don’t vote for the right people."
And that's when Charlamagne came in with kicker:
"I think it’s going to be easier once this presidential term is over because so many people have been exposed. That’s the beauty of this presidential term. Nobody is being covert with their racism and bigotry no more. A lot of people are being overt with it. So now we know who’s who."
The statement alluded to a recent incident with Roseanne Barr, and many others like it. Her hit series, "Roseanne," was abruptly canceled by ABC after she made a racist Tweet, despite its unprecedented success.