In an interview with CNN, multimillionaire actress Jane Fonda explained to host Don Lemon that even the “poorest” white people have to confront their privilege in a country that systemically oppresses people of color. Fonda, who is well known for having some of the dumbest, most radical positions one can take on just about any subject, proved once again that when there is an opportunity to be wrong, she’ll take it.
“Because we’re white, we have had privilege,” Fonda said. “Even the poorest of us have had privilege. And we need to recognize that, and we have to understand what it is that keeps racism in place — the policies, redlining, banking policies, mortgage policies. All of the things that are really making it very, very difficult for Black people to lift themselves up. The policies have to be changed, and then white people have to understand the history that has led to this and we have to try to change within ourselves. And we have to get to know Black people…and we have to understand the reality that they live in, and we have to do it now.”
LOL. One can only imagine the kind of Beverly Hills bubble Jane Fonda lives in that she thinks white people across America need to “get to know black people.” Um, most white people are well beyond that stage, Jane. They were getting to know black people while you were sitting in your posh gated community dreaming up this fake, halls-of-academia picture of an America where there are two groups: Poor, oppressed black citizens and racist, hateful white monsters. Maybe you should get to know some black people, Jane.
Wouldn’t necessarily start with Don Lemon, mind you.
Fonda went on to impress us with how much she’s dedicated herself to the study of black history.
“I think what matters is, is that more and more people, white people, are getting it,” she said. “When Donald Trump was elected, the Band-aid was torn off and people could see very blatantly the racism in the country that’s always been there. But it was revealed in a new and more robust way to us and then encouraged by this administration. I think a lot of white people got it. And maybe like me, I realized I didn’t understand enough about the history of racism, about slavery and reconstruction, Jim Crow and the New Jim Crow, so for the last three years I’ve very intentionally begun studying to help me understand.”
Cool. We’re sure the hard-working white Americans struggling to make the monthly payment on their trailer home will be sure to brush up on that history, consider their privilege, and begin donating what’s left of their time to the cause of racial justice. It won’t be long before everything is all better.
We might even elect a black president! Dare we dream?