Thinking Past The Headlines

To be clear next Thursday we have a quiz.
It’s 30 questions. All the materials are online. They’re at the website, they’re
videos, the readings, it’s going to take you about six hours and that’s it. Six
hours and I would recommend… I would highly recommend that you don’t take
notes and you don’t need to read them twice and watch them twice and that sort
of thing. What you want to do and when people do best on these quizzes it’s
when… while they’re watching the video or reading the readings they are paying
attention. They’re giving it 98% of their attention. Not thinking about what
they’re gonna do later that night or next week or who knows. I don’t know
what’s going on at home or I have no idea… if you’re gonna get a job or… you
pay attention and then you’re good. Six hours you’re done. You’re… it’s got it you
don’t have to take notes, you don’t have to print things out ,you don’t have to
underline, you know what to do any of that. The questions are really simple, if you
read and watch the videos… and if you don’t you’ll just be guessing. You really
will be guessing. This is unlike any quiz you’ve taken. Trust me. So that’s what it is. And guessing is fine. C’s earn degrees. It’s all good. Yeah and the quiz is the second half of class so we’ll come in and we will have class for a bout a half hour and then we will do the quiz. Okay? So what I want to do… last class we
talked about…. I asked the question when are we responsible and if you remember
we…. the focus of that responsibility was on people that are often identified as
the underdogs, right? In this particular case, people of African ancestry and then
I like turn the tables to say well… but we’re all responsible at some level. And
I want to stay with that a little bit and in doing so I want to look past the
headlines that’s the first part of class and the
second half of class I want to look at immigration and Trump and what he said
in the State of the Union address the other day, okay? I want to give you just
kind of a way to understand some things about immigration. We’ll come back to it
later in the semester I’m just going to touch it. But, so here. First, however.
before we do that I want to go back to the slavery issue and I just want to
take four or five minutes to say something and… look the vast, vast
majority ********** with things that were coming out of Washington or
things that were coming out of the state capitals or things that were very local.
So people weren’t doing these investigations about life around the
world and studying all these things and looking at all these things. So
photography, that photo in the upper left is one of the earliest photos of slaves.
And photography really…. wasn’t until 1850 that really got to the place where
people could take a camera out somewhere and take a photo of something. And…
whereas today… yo you get on your phone… there, all sorts of things will come up
about slavery all over the world and if I put slavery in chocolate pages upon
pages upon pages will come up about slavery in chocolate. We have so much
access to this information that people during the vast majority of time this
country had slavery, didn’t have access. And so, it makes me wonder then… are is
there… is there… like a way in which were is there a way in which… I
don’t know… maybe today we’re more responsible, you know what I mean? Like I
don’t know… like who’s responsible? Maybe today we’re more responsible. Because we have access to it. Like we know, we can understand, we can see it. I’m just
throwing some ideas out there. Most people…. the other side is… just even… in terms of slavery the average slave in the mid-1800s costs about thirty five
thousand dollars in today’s dollars and then once you buy a slave you got to
take care of the slave cause this is your investment. It’s like you know you buy a
car… you don’t destroy it… you know, you know, you take care of it. So this is a
quote investment that’s how people thought about it…. as in they thought
about people as investments and so you got to give this slave food, you got… you
want to make sure their health is at least okay enough that you can continue
to exploit them… you don’t just take thirty five thousand dollars and throw
it away and most… the vast majority of people didn’t own slaves even in the
south. I read a figure one time that only one in one percent of all slave owners
owned more than one slave. So it’s like these are like big plantations. They
weren’t just average people owning slaves. The vast majority of people even
though the South were really poor so you know even when somebody tells them that
yeah, we got the system of slavery bringing Africans over. It’s like look A)
you’re not seeing all the video, you’re not seeing this… not like today where we
all reenactments and all sorts of things… you’re not…
it’s just sort of going past people. But today that’s not the case so then I
wonder what’s our excuse today for these things? So when I have three people up
here and I’m like look what’s your excuse for not knowing, right? What’s your
excuse because it’s on your phone. I can pull it up on your phone. I can look at
it. There. It’s right there. I don’t know. I’m just thinking out loud. Think about it in new ways. Not just walk past it and not really care or pretend I don’t care or pretend… I don’t know. You
got it, right? We cool? And I’m not trying to justify white people… the
system of slavery that people created. Definitely not trying to do that. But… I don’t know. How many of you really know
what factory farming is about? How many of you to pay attention to factory farming? And
like if you pay attention in factory farming you know just the way in which
the just gross misdeeds committed against other beings. Beings that are
creatures and creations of the God that most of us believe in. It’s like…. and yet
we just sort of go on and then we meet and we do whatever and we don’t think
about it and we support it…. and it’s like well okay.
Well why would people in the past be any different? Why somehow do we look at them
and we condemn them more than we condemn us? You know what I mean because that’s part of human nature man and that’s one of the reasons. But…. dude. are
you with me? You’re with me, right? As long as you’re with me, I’m good. Okay. Next
slide dude. So, I want to…. I want to want to all take another… I want to
throw this back on to you in another way, okay? Thinking about responsibility,
thinking about looking past the headlines, thinking about really looking
past how I think about stuff, and by the way I’m not saying… this isn’t about
being guilty, I’m not trying to turn you into activists, I’m not trying to turn
you into people who believe in the same things I believe in… there’s none of that.
That’s not part of this. What I’m trying to turn you into our people who take
responsibility for your own actions and if you want to condemn somebody else you
got a hold a mirror… every time I condemn somebody else or I talk
about somebody else or I’m pissed about somebody else the first thought that I
try to have right after I put that idea out
there is like wait hang out a minute. When do you do this same thing? When have you done the same thing to somebody else? When have you said the same thing? When
have you not done X Y or Z, right? I’m trying to always do that so that I can
have that kind of sense of… I don’t know. Just don’t want to sit around in this
snarky way and be annoying to other people. However, look. 769 million people
in the US or in the world live on $1.90 or less, okay? And you know…
that’s not… okay, some of that is right. The cost of living in certain countries
is less and so on and so forth but $1.90 y’all? Right? You can… if you, if you come with me on some of my journeys and trips and travels around
the world you will see that $1.90 doesn’t go very far anywhere.
However, 3.2 million in them we’re living in the U.S. when the World Bank did this
study. 3.2 million. It’s like damn. That’s 1% of the U.S. population. 3.2 million, right? That’s a lot of people so… and yet.. dude, the bottom 10% of people,
the poorest 10% of people, live in the United States are identified as better
off by the World Bank than two-thirds of the world’s population. So here’s another
thing, like while we will oftentimes talk about… we judge ourselves or we compare
ourselves to the people around us… I’m just throwing stuff out to you all, right
by the way? I just want to get your brains going in some different ways. We
will compare ourselves to the people around us. We will naturally because it’s
like hey, how rich am I? I’m not… I’m not looking in Sierra Leone, I’m not looking
to Madagascar, I’m not looking to Cambodia or Bangladesh or India or
wherever. I’m looking to the people around me. So I’m looking at my roommate, I’m looking at the person sitting next to me, I’m looking at the fact that I
have an iPhone 4 and the person next to me just got an iPhone 10. It’s these
sorts of things, right? That’s like.. like well I’m not really rich cause then
you’re thinking of I don’t know Bill Gates or whatever the case is but the
fact is and that’s just how people all over the world do it because that’s how
it is, right? We understand… we are… we can only compare ourselves to
people who are around us. But if we compare ourselves to the globe and if we
look down at the entire planet because we are citizens of the planet and we are….
if you believe in God then we’re all children of God, right? In that way?
Whatever that means. I don’t know. The poorest 10% in the US are better off
than two-thirds of the world’s population. That means really if you’re
sitting in here… know I don’t know what your student loan debt and I
know there are some people in here obviously that are way wealthier as
families… are way wealthier than other people in here, right? But by and large if
you’re sitting in here, the vast majority of you, of us. in this room are in the
elite of the world’s population. So if anyone ever asks you, “are you rich?” And
you’re at least middle-class American or above, your answer should be, “Yeah, I am
rich.” And you may not feel rich, but that’s just because you don’t travel.
It’s like you’re not going around, you’re not checking out the world… and the whole
world isn’t shithole like, right? There are countries obviously they’re poorer than other countries but it’s like no. If you’re middle-class on above in the US
and you’re at a place like Penn State and you’re gonna get a degree from a place
like Penn State your response to that question should be “yeah, I’m rich.”
And when you start doing that, it really starts to change the way we think about
ourselves and our place in the world. It’s kind of like if every time we use
pronouns for God, we use she and her instead of he and him. Really, honestly
for those who have started to do that it’s really a game changer.
It really is a game changer. So it’s like “yeah, I’m rich.” And by the way, those of
you who believe in God, I’m just gonna drop a turd in the punchbowl if I could.
And then we’re gonna move on somewhere to another conversation…
those of you who actually do believe in God and you think that you’re gonna die
and you’re gonna get judged…. you know, right? She’s gonna judge you. Cause that’s
how she does and that’s what your belief system has told you… that’s what she’s
going to do, she’s gonna judge you and she’s gonna say did you do more good
than bad and what’s all the bad stuff you did and so on and so forth. God’s not
gonna say, “yeah, you know, you didn’t like really reach out and help kind of people
you know the word, my word, that was very clearly translated through the prophets,
you know, whatever the religious path word were… like really you got to reach
out and you got to help poor people and you gotta…. you didn’t really do that. And
you’re gonna say, “yeah, but I help people around me.” Like yeah, but people around
you were rich. Like you. So what were you doing with really the lesser than. You
could say, “well be because I wasn’t really rich.” And God, because God has created
everything, right? The whole planet.. God’s gonna take you back and she’s gonna show
you the entire planet and be like no… everybody is your brother and sister. Not
just the person in your neighborhood and it’s funny, it’s quite interesting that
sometimes our perspective taking on things like this will allow us to either
move forward in some way or move backward in some way and by the way I’m
not… that’s not a judgment on my part cause I’m a heathens, so whatever. I don’t…
doesn’t really matter. But I hear it enough, you know what I mean? Dude all I
care about is the fact that Kenneth Copeland was able to get his followers
to give him 36 million dollars for a brand new jet so he could travel around
the world and minister to people. That’s my guy.
I’m trying that by the way… if I could get someone to buy my message… I’d be killing it. Alright, man… so here we go. Next one. One of the things… now we’re going in a
different direction here… so… one of the things I want to talk about is and we’re
gonna talk about this throughout the class but it’s like I’ve been talking
about this race versus class. Race, you know, race and ancestry versus social
class. So you know we talk, we talk about race and race is the hot-button topic
and you know we’re always, you know, not always, but often engaged in these race
conversations and you know just see are much more acceptable to talk about poor
people. To condemn poor people, to say mean things about poor people, to do
like shithole nations, right? Like that’s ******* What I want to do and what I’ve been
doing….. Would you rather be Native American and a woman… let’s say Black and Native American and rich. Wealthy, really well-off, educated…
your family’s educated, you’re all good. Or would you rather be poor and white….
living in a trailer park somewhere…. outside of State College, whose family
didn’t go to college… you’re trying to go to college… maybe you’re gonna go to
Community College, but you know. How many would rather be poor and white
because the poor white person has more advantages, for sure, because they have
white skin? Nobody, right? Yeah, nobody. Exactly, so why is it that every time
we’re talking about race… in the way that we talk about it in society… yesterday I
was listening to this guy, Ben Shapiro, this kind of really conservative guy… he
was on campus a couple years ago and people were just like talking about… and
and it’s interesting to listen to him, right? But people were just talking
about like black people and brown people as though they’re complaining all the
time, right? As though they would definitely rather be white, instead of
being wealthy, as though there’s a sort of one statement out there and what I
think and I said it last class and I want to say it again and this is
especially to white people but it’s also to black and brown people to be careful
about what you say and how you say it. But I want to say that there is a…. by the way and I’m gonna bring somebody
up in a few minutes because I know you’re done listening to me talk so… it’s
all good, right? I said it the other day. Man, what did I say?Oh, that there’s almost like this dialogue that white people… we kind of have in our
heads… that allow us not to take race seriously, because we have the sense or
we create a story that black and brown people, minorities, right? Or for men, it’s
women. whatever the case, is that they’re mostly complaining and they’re always
bringing this stuff up and they have a very different viewpoint on all this
stuff and they’re putting the blame on us… in men, women for putting the blame on us and that as long as we keep that way of seeing the world. it keeps us from
having real honest and open conversations, right? Because that’s not
what I see. I hear all these pundits and I especially hear this when I..
well, first off, liberals miss the whole point and conservatives miss the whole
point, it’s like these pundits that really are talking as though they know
what’s going on but they never actually have conversations with people. So, what I
want to do is… take a look at this. So for example. I did this when I did the race….
the black Devils class, right? I showed you data like this. But these are the real
data, right? So, I mean here it is 89 to positions have really increased a
lot because… and their reasons for that by the way because there is a number of
Asians who are coming over to the United States who have education and
increasingly have education and their wealth is starting to kick in, right?
And look at Hispanics and Blacks and Native Americans are down here, okay. So,
you look at that. It’s like, okay. That’s worth talking about. We’re not equal,
right? Remember when we did the race switching thing and I showed you going
into the next 30 years, 25 or 30 years, and I showed you how much wealth white
people will have and then how much wealth Black and Hispanics will have?
Like it’s gonna grow to like sort of here and here but white people is going
to be up here? So like that’s worth talking about. Why
is that going on and so white people are saying like… yeah, man, you know, like well
race is over… we had a president who was half black and like who knows what I
have no idea and black and brown people are saying no, no we need to keep talking
about this. Like that’s not the case, right? So go to the next slide bro or
this one, right? Out of school suspensions. Look at this. Like there are
lots of reasons for this. But, look, we don’t… these are just… I’m just giving you
these numbers, right? There…. we can break it down further like well why do, why do
Black students have way more suspensions? Black males. Look at black
males, right? Like three times the suspension rate than white males. When
you get called in and you do something wrong… 20% of the time black males get suspended, 7% of the time white males get
suspended. Why is that? It’s like so people want to talk about that. They want
to have a conversation, right? And when they have the conversation, white people
have this sense… it’s like we turn it around as though we’re being blamed for it
and all black and brown people are doing is saying look man, we just want to have
the conversation. And so we want to keep putting it out there and then white
people say why are you continuing to put it out there? So go to the next one, bro. Or this one. 2.5 times more likely to be killed by police as white Americans. Okay, so
there’s a lot in that. Whether they’re unarmed, whether they’re armed, it doesn’t
matter. We can compare that. Look at that. It’s like, we want to talk about it. So here’s what I need… alright next one man. I need three volunteers and I need….
you know, before you do that, everybody on Twitter who’s doing their homework right
now, please stop. This is your time to take like the class in… not to do your
homework assignment. Don’t do your homework in here, dawgs. Come on. Thank you. Alright, you ready? Here we go. I need three
volunteers. I need three black and brown people… just and I need…. but I need three
people.. alright, man, one at the top… and I need someone who’s… bro, wait hang on.
You got to be from the U.S., though. Are you from the U.S., bro? Alright. Dude, are you
from the U.S.? What? No, I need someone.. no I need someone from the U.S. I need…
are there any Latinos, by the way? Any Hispanics? Who else? I need… give me
somebody else. Can I… who’s Hispanic or Latino? Dude, here. You can sit right
there bro. Sit right on the table. Yeah.. I was just
waking you up, bro. But, yo, and I need one other person, someone who’s Hispanic or
Latino or some Mexican.. man any Mexicans here? Dawg, you’re Mexican, right? Well
you’re Mexican, right? Dude, how about you? You’re the token Mexican? Are there any
other Mexicans in class? Dude, alright. How Mexican are you, man? Do you eat tacos el pastor? Yeah. Muy bien. Are they your favorite? Yeah. Have you had
tacos el pastor, bro? Yeah, actually had them earlier in the week. Seriously? Seriously earlier in the week?
Alright man… what’s your name? Bro.. Sister, we’ll start right here. “*****.”
What is it? “*******?” “******.” Where you from?
Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh? “********” Dudes, come on… yeah, cheer. Cause they’re not in the Superbowl, are they? No. So you gotta… kinda…one of us. We
gotta like give em a shout out, you know what I mean? so that she can feel better
about herself… you know the whole thing nine yards. “******.” What is it again?
“********” and you’re authentically Mexicana? Yeah. Muy bien. Um, my name is Ian. Wait, what is it? Alright, cool. So let’s try this again. Alright, yeah so can everybody hear me? Alright, cool. So my name is Ian, I’m from New York and I’m Jamaican and
British. Yeah? Jamaican and British? Yeah. Alright man. Alright, listen man…
Can you tell me… I want to have a conversation with the three of you…
minorities always complaining and in your, in your, when you’re not around
white people, okay? But just when you’re around anybody… but let’s say you’re not
around white people, okay? How much have you… cause there’s a sentiment about… just like stop thinking about race and move forward and etc. How much are black people and Hispanic people and we don’t have any Asians up here… but, how much are you, how much are all you complaining…. how much do you hear when white people aren’t around to overhear it? Anybody, man. Complain about what exactly? Just racism,
man. Blaming… how much are you blaming it on the man? How much
time do you all spend saying yeah, well, I’d be better off, or I’d be further
ahead, if what if there wasn’t for racism and white racists…. so I think, so I think…
there’s some truth…. so I think there’s some truth to
the statement, however, I don’t think, you know, I think there’s two, there’s two
categories of, you know, black people in general and in at least in relation to
this topic, you know, the first is like you said, you know, black people who…. as
anybody if you’re black in the room you know you’re disadvantaged in this
country because, you know, the country is run by majority, you know, white
heterosexual, you know, Christian males. You know, that’s a prime majority. So if
you’re none of those, if you’re not all those things, in some way you’re
disadvantaged. But dude, what do you mean by disadvantaged, bro? Because let me just
tell you what white people hear… let me just say this… white
people, what white people hear is…. when you say disadvantaged they mean like….
they hear if you’re not white and Christian and so on you have no power,
you have no ability to get ahead, you have no…… so well put. So you know it does mean you’re disadvantaged to a point, but it doesn’t
mean, in that instance, you know, you’re just not part of the majority. So you are a minoritized group. Whether you’re a white woman, whether
you’re a minority woman, whether you’re a minority male, but I think that, you know,
as educated, you know, I can speak for myself, as educated black man, it’s not so
much complaining as it is, you know, just realizing, you know, how the institution
to set up against, you know, prime example like the you know the education…you showed those stats for you know education, you know, that’s a direct correlation with the education to Prison Pipeline system. That’s direct institutional
racism like, you know, when Trump got into office, stocks went up in private prisons.
That’s direct institutional racism. So how much time do you spend… then
we’re gonna go to the two of you.. How much time do you spend sitting around with other black people…. I acknowledge it, I don’t complain about it because like… complaining is just like
a lot of form of complacency. I don’t do that. So you’re just pointing it out?
Yeah. Like somebody would point out the fact that the Steelers suck cause they’re
not in the Super Bowl. Then you’re like well, okay, maybe not, they don’t suck, that’s
what I mean. Right? You’re like not sitting around
like…. because white people have the idea that all y’all do is like…. they see these
groups… I don’t…. not all white people, right? But
it’s so like white people just never get on the inside, right? There are…
they rare… hang on. I’m gonna say this in the correct way. There are large numbers
of white people that never have the opportunity to sit around a room full of
black and brown people and hear the fact that you’re not all just sitting around
talking and complaining of all this stuff all the time. That you’re like going
like yeah man, okay we gotta get going, we gotta help do what we need to do for
ourselves…. we gotta… Even that within itself is, you know, that’s
not being able to experience that as a white person is a degree of privilege within
itself. Mm-hmm. Yeah, but it keeps the walls up, right?
It means that we don’t see you. How about one of you? I feel like I don’t
really complain about it. You don’t complain about it as a Mexican woman?
What do you mean? Can you say more? I’m trying to think. I dont know. Hang on, we’ll come back to you. Okay. I usually tend not to complain…. something I really noticed a lot is like once you’re an upperclassman, you start getting into these smaller classes and you notice like with my major is accounting… I’m usually in a
class with mostly white people. Like there’s only two… there’s only
one other black person and it’s kind of like you’re kind of being judged just a
little bit because it’s like… You feel like you’re being judged? Yeah, cause I’ve been sitting in the same spot in class, in the back like…. it’s like week
four… and then someone took my seat one day and I sat in the front and you know
I started like being a little bit more, more participating and then the teacher
was like who are you? I’ve been here for four weeks like you haven’t noticed me
yet. No, it’s interesting, right? I stand out, like come on, I’m one of two black people in there. I stand out. You know what I mean? How do you not see me? Yeah, okay. So you feel.. there’s a sense that you have that maybe… like there… that
you can feel judged or you feel like maybe aware of it…. like maybe I’m not interested enough in accounting or like trying to be on the same level as like white people so do you sit…. do you complain… do you go home and complain about it? Like how much it sucks? I put it on snapchat. Yeah? It’s like what do you put… what did you put on snapchat? I just was like…. Oh, you mean the thing with the professor? You know, but on a day to day basis, right? When you’re walking around campus and you’re going into your classes… I want to know like how much are you all sitting around
complaining about this? I don’t think black people more complain about it. We…. ****** Like no, it’s not how this goes down. It’s not. Um, you know, it’ll be, it’ll be the small interactions in your day to day basis, you know, like whatever it may be. Um…. whether its… ******** Like man, those are five… those are maybe
15, 15 white kids are all very drunk, very inebriated, if there are 15 black kids
walking down State College being very drunk, sloppy and inebriated… I promise
you the campus PD will find out about it quickly. State College PD will be
there quickly. Okay, so you had that idea. Right? Yeah. And… dude, hang on. I need…so 15… dude, wait like frat… nothing against frat dudes, right? But I’m walking
home and like frat dudes are out getting…. partying like crazy and having tricycle
races, you what I mean? Across the lawn. And like they’re drinking and tricycle races
and I’m just thinking what would your grandmother say if she had a photo
of you having a tricycle race, drinking beer and hooting and hollering with your
shirt off and being crazy… like what would your grandmother say, bro? My
grandmother’s straight from Jamaica, so like you don’t want to know what she
would say. Alright, yeah… And I don’t know.. it’s not all white people, but, how many…
listen man, so what he’s saying is… he thinks that… and listen to this, right?
This is really important. He’s not complaining… you’re not complaining, right? You’re not
complaining. You said like a group of black people, a group of black guys, walking down the street, it’s like you’re not saying this sucks…. the world sucks…. everybody
sucks…. you’re saying here’s an observation. If there were 15 black dudes…15 white dudes… first off man, you’re also in a a college town. So white people also get
hammered by the police and a lot of black people don’t… you just don’t see it.
You don’t see all the ways in which frat houses are getting busted, apartments are
getting busted, like all sorts of things are happening, mostly because a lot of times, you’re not partying together. So like you’re not seeing it, like, because I
could bring white dudes up here and talk about alright what are all the times
you got hassled by the police and you know screwed over and all that kind of
stuff, right? But, nonetheless, right? You have this idea that, yeah but still
like, really loud, obnoxious, black dudes… more people are gonna notice. Now, here’s
what I want… that’s your observation, right? You didn’t say
we’re gonna go to jail… oh no, nothing like that.
Okay, so here it is. That’s the kind of thing that black people will say, okay, got it? White people, who disagrees with that?
That 15 black dudes walking down this side of College Avenue, 15 white dudes walking
on this side of College Avenue, they’re both being equally obnoxious, right? Who
is…. which ones are probably first gonna have police called on them? The white
dudes or the black dudes? How many say oh, definitely the white dudes?
So nobody says that. Okay, how many say it could be even? Could be the same? I don’t know. I think it could be the same. Depends on where it is. But, I
hear you, right? But okay so, that’s an observation, right? That’s like not
complaining, that’s not…. minorities aren’t always complaining… it’s just making the
observation. *********** If there are 15 black people walking down State College on a
sidewalk being rowdy that we’re all gonna go to jail, it’s about the concept
that there’s just more attention being drawn towards us. Okay, you’re not gonna
get arrested, you’re not gonna get taken down, exactly. Right? Unless they know
you’re from Jamaica dude… then they’re gonna be like have the dogs out… sniffing
around…. you know what I mean? I’m just saying you know… and the white dudes are
gonna see you and they’re gonna come over to your side of the street and be
like dude, hook me up, right? How about you? What’s it like in the Mexican community?
Because we have this idea, you know, I see these rallies…. the Mexicans are all
rallying against Trump and like y’all hate Trump, you’re all hating this, you
know, hating that and it’s like you’re all like… because the media is showing it
all the time like…. what’s it like for you? Oh I don’t know. You don’t know? Dude here’s an authentic Mexican and she doesn’t even know. You know what I mean? You’re probably the typical Mexican… You’re just living your life. You’re not really thinking about stuff… anybody else want to chime in? Any other Latinos want
to chime in here? Anybody else in class who wants to jump up here really fast?
Dude, yeah come here a sec. Dude, I love that by the way. By the way,
do you want to add anything to that? No, I mean I agree with what he’s saying. Yeah?
Yo, have a seat. On the table? Yeah, yeah, yeah, and where are you from?
Like Lehigh Valley, PA. Yeah? Where’s your family from? Peru. Peru? Yeah. Okay, so how is it in the South America and the Hispanic community that you see? Like
complaining…. it’s like this idea that minorities are complaining all the time…
So I would say that we definitely talk about it but, it’s not a thing that’s
like oh, white people. Like, it’s more of like, oh this kind of sucks that we have
to go through this. Or like more of like…. or at least how I’ve talked
about it with some friends… it’s more I guess, we think of it more as like an
institutional thing versus like oh like a certain person or like a certain
you know… so more…. I guess more thinking of the past and what that has
done to us now versus like you know. Okay so listen man, let me ask you this. I’m gonna
ask the three of you, okay? You ready? I’m gonna ask the four of you, there’s
four. When you screw up, like when you screw up, who do you blame it on? Like you
don’t…. you don’t show up at the quiz on time in Soc119, you don’t do your
homework on Sunday night cause you’re out playing around and whatever… you
forget to do it. Who do you blame it on? Who’s like, the first person you blame it on? Myself. Who do you blame it on? Myself. Who do you blame on? Bro. Myself, obviously. And when you are walking down… when you’re driving down the road and you’re speeding, right? And the cops pull you
over, you hit a speed trap, and the cops pull you over and you definitely
were speeding, my god right? Who do you blame it on? In that very moment or afterward? What’s
that? In that very moment or afterward? Well what if you see a bunch of white
people pulled over also? They’re not just picking out black people. Well obviously
it’s my fault after I have better eyes if I’m speeding on the road. Yeah, how about you
though? Same thing? I would say the same thing. How about you? The police.
Yeah, you’re speeding. You know you’re speeding… listen. Here’s… I’m asking this
question, right? So here’s the thing. So, I read this survey it was actually a
pretty good survey. I looked at where they got it from and I want to get
your, I want to get your… I want to… first I want to get your response to it, okay?
And it was well done and by, and by and large… you should know that the data… when I use data in here, I try to be really careful, not just pulling stuff out of
nowhere, I’m going for good stuff… I’m trying to find stuff that makes sense
to me and the reason is, because we’re live-streaming alright? I can’t tell
you how often we get trolled by people who complain and… about the fact that, you know, we miss data… like I’m an idiot because that’s not true and then if they
point out in fact it’s not true and I’m like oh, I am an idiot… and then I gotta
go back and apologize… and I got to come back and say I am an idiot and I
shouldn’t have said that and so on. So I’m really careful about it, right,
because sometimes I mess up. But, so here was this research and they were…. they
wanted to see which people in the United States, when they screw up and it’s their
fault, right? You don’t wake up for a quiz, you know all these things, right? Which
people are most likely to blame it on themselves as opposed to somebody else.
Like in the case of you all, you graduate from Penn State and you don’t get the
job that you really want. Which people, which group of people are most likely to
blame their failures on themselves and not on the system and not on the man and
not and so on and so forth, okay? So who do you think it is? Who’s most likely to
just put the blame on the system and the man and so on and so forth?
White people. White people? And I’ll tell you why…. Uh-huh… Wait, hang on, hang on.
Before you do, go ahead. What do you say? No he can, he can go. No, no, what do you
say though? Cause you’re gonna say black men, right? Don’t say black men… don’t throw
the guy under the bus, man. All these black men in here…. you’re gonna throw…
just like…. shit, black men…. all of them. That’s what percentage… no,
seriously. Who’s most likely? I’ll feel like mainly black people. Yeah? Because we just… we’re just used to like not used to failure but we’re you know we can’t ******* I would think Black. And what about Latinos, like Latino men? Latino men, too. So you think minorities? Yeah. I agree with minorities. Yeah? Dude and you say white people. Why do you say white people? Because so going off of…. um, I’m sorry to know your
names. But based on what the two ladies said at the end, it’s like black people
and minorities as a whole is so used to the concept that there are certain
things that we can’t have in life because of the color of our skin… and
they’re certain, you know, stereotypes that we’re supposed to fall
into, certain things or jobs we’re not supposed to have…. like I can tell you as
a person like who like…. I’m a political science major like I want to
work on Capitol Hill. I’ve also already worked on Capitol Hill. That’s a purely
white field. It’s like… I’ve…. I feel like it’s like… I said earlier, there’s
a split. There are minorities who understand that racism is prevalent in the
country and that they are one or two steps behind because, you know, they are
a black man or a black woman. Okay. And the flip side to that is I feel that, you
know, I said white people I feel that way because I feel that, you know, if you don’t face a certain type of adversity growing up
traditionally or you’re used to, you know, having…. you like you said, you know,
living a very sheltered life, you know, you know, if you’re wealthy, you know,
maybe you get everything you want, maybe you traditionally have always kind of
had that winning mentality that never really lost you, expect it. Okay, so let me
ask you this question bro, if you screw up and you flunk this class and you complain to your grandmother what’s she gonna say?
You have two strikes against you because you’re a black male, she’s told me every
day of my life. No, I got you so whose fault is it? It’s my fault. Whose fault is
it? My fault. To your grandparents, your grandparents, your grandparents, my fault?
Listen man, the group that’s most likely to blame themselves for the failures… you
like and you might have like a thought system here, right? Like you might be
thinking about a lot of things… like in your head like I can think about all the
politics of it, right? As a Political Science major, you can think about… but in the end, the
data to come down to the fact that, in the end, the one group this who in the final
instance that will be like yeah, it’s my fault: black men. Second, Muslim men. Who’s at the bottom? Who’s at the bottom? Who’s most likely to find some excuse for it
to bounce it off of somebody else? White people. Right? And because it’s like this
idea that like… I have no idea, right? But what goes on is…. you like…. I think it’s
black people, right? But it’s not right. Like you have the same concept as lots
of other people have. The data are showing that, that may be true for you or
somebody, right? But, when we carefully look at people… we put them in a room and
we do it by the hundreds and the thousands and we have conversations with
them and then you see you in the end…. What are they thinking? What they’re
thinking is if I screw up, it’s my fault. And that like historically, for
example, there’s no community in the United States where that message is just
stronger than in, in the black community and in the Latino community. There’s no
community that this is stronger. Like you… you’re… you have strikes against you. You
have strikes against you. You have strikes against you, right? You’re women,
you have dark skin, you’re Mexican, you’re Peruvian, whatever. Right? It’s like
you need to take responsibility for those strikes against you and in the end,
you need to take responsibility for all the bad decisions you make. And if you
don’t do that, you will just spiral downward and be an idiot and that is the
historical traditional philosophy in black and brown communities, right? So
isn’t it interesting that when we do actually the research, that we say like
wow, it’s like black men are… this is this one study that I looked at… so like, you
know, it’s like wow, that’s fascinating. How is it that it’s opposite of that?
That we have the opposite ********* Because it helps us. If I can just imagine that everything I get I deserve…
and everything you don’t get.. you’re just gonna… it’s because of you, but you have
to listen to your complaints. none of you I don’t have to listen to your complaints. Dude, like whatever, complain about the police all the time.
It doesn’t matter to me. I can just brush it away, because I believe that you
refuse to take responsibility for yourself. But, what would be different if
we saw what I’m saying right here? ******* To list them… we should, we should write a
book about it because they’re really funny. The kinds of ways that people will
do gymnastics to not take responsibility for themselves and white people and
black and brown people equally. But, the data are showing…. it’s actually a little
bit more white people. So what if that’s the case? Can any, do any of you want to
respond to that? How would things change if we actually had to see that?
Like we actually, wait like the white community had to see you all as, as not
complaining all the time? You’re actually just pointing out some inconsistencies
and inequalities and like these kinds of things… How would things be different? Dude, can we do this? Can you just pair up
really fast? How would things be different? Like how would you see the world different if you really saw this? Just pair up and just have a quick conversation. *Conversation* Alright y’all. Listen, I don’t want to
go… I don’t… I think this, I think this is a fascinating conversation and it’s
worth continuing and it’s worth continuing in your discussion groups and
we’re not… we don’t have to go any further with it because I want to…. I now….
I want to talk about Donald Trump. Because why do you not want to talk
about Donald Trump? You know what I mean? Like this guy. I love this guy.
So, uh, let’s do… but think about it. You know what? Take it back to your
discussion groups. Any final words? Anyone want to throw a final thought out? So, I’m sure everybody here has seen the Twitter Jay-Z beef… um, the Donald, the Donald
Trump, Jay-Z Twitter beef. So, you know, just to go off what Sam said, it’s just
about having a conversation… like, you know, Jay-Z said that the most, the most
important thing we could get from Donald Trump is the fact that everybody wants
to talk about racism now. Everybody. It’s a hot topic. It’s always been a hot topic.
So, I think that that’s probably the most important thing, just encourage a
discussion and dialogue. Totally man, Trump said something really cool the other day
and most liberals, those of you who hate Trump because you’re a bunch of liberals,
you probably didn’t even hear it, didn’t even see it and it was a really cool
very thoughtful thing… and I was like hey man, that’s that, that’s that other side
of him that’s really cool. He was talking about how he… when he tweeted out the
videos of the right-wing, anti-muslim hate groups in the UK and he said we
need to follow these, we need to listen to these people this is, you know, like
six months ago or so and he was confronted by Theresa May and other
folks in the UK and said, why? You shouldn’t have done that, like why did you
do that? And he said, you know, I really…. it was, it was, I wasn’t thinking and I tweeted it out, and it was really wrong of me and I’m sorry, I apologize. And I
shouldn’t have done that because that’s not… it’s not good to do for Muslims, it’s not
good for the UK, and it’s like…. and I’m like that….. didn’t make….. that wasn’t like
the lead headline, you know what I mean? And I thought okay, like he is capable of
thoughtful ideas. Alright dude. Thanks man. Thanks. Thanks man. Thanks. I’m always looking for cool things that
Trump says. I do look… it can be…. I can… I work at it sometimes, but sometimes I work at it too much, actually. Alright, listen man. Speaking of that, we’re gonna talk
about immigration. We have 20 minutes left. And I want to, I want to walk you
through something and the idea here is reading behind the headlines, okay?
And what I want you to think about is A) when you think about something like
immigration into the United States and, you know, what it’s all about and what
our policy should be, you know, it’s really important to understand that
we’ve been battling over immigration policies from day one. From the very
first time that Europeans came here, you know, when people show up in the United… this is just standard across, around the world, man. Most of the wars today, are wars that
being… that are being battled. Hey, by the way, everyone take a deep breath because
actually, I don’t always say… I don’t say many things that I think are really kind
of thoughtful but this is actually really thoughtful and I’m doing this for
the video because I’m getting hammered by some people who think I’m a hardcore
leftist and I actually want to say something thoughtful, okay? So
historically speaking what we see in most of the world is when people show up
in another place and they, they you know sort of get…. they’re able to get to
where they need to go and they walk through the door of another country or
let’s say they come this way right and they arrived this country, right? In this
case the United States. What we see is, very often, the first thing they do is
lobby to close the door to people who are not like them. It’s like a human
nature thing, you know. this human nature thing. So.. and immigration is complex here
because of Native Americans but we’ll talk about that later.
So… the next slide. So, one of the things that is… Think that most people think their country’s a shithole because most of them don’t. Most of us like our
countries, we like our cultures, we like… So 7.45 billion people in the world, okay?
327 million people in the United States. Okay, got it? How many of the now like 7
point…. what is it like 10…. 7 point 1…. 2 or whatever it is….. billion people because
it’s 7.45 minus 327 so all the people in the rest of the
world…. how many of those people want to move to the United States? How many
people want to move to the United States? How many of those people? If they could,
they would permanently move to the U.S.? How many people? What do you think? Just talk amongst yourself really fast. What do you think? Give an answer. So you got…. there’s about 7.1 billion people… How many people would permanently move to the U.S. if they could? *Discussion* Okay, you ready? You got your numbers? Okay? How many would leave? Think
about all the people living on $1.90 or less a day are gonna go somewhere else if they can, okay? You got it? Alright, here we go. Next slide. So that’s
the answer. That’s about. Give or take five or ten people.
Okay? That was a Gallup poll. They did….. they sampled I think a hundred
and fifty two countries in the world. Gallup is reputable, they’re very careful,
their methodology was very good, they really were…. they spent a lot of money to
try to figure out how many people would pick up and leave their country and go
somewhere else… if they could. And they estimated it would be about six hundred
and thirty million people. Which kind of makes sense, it’s not that…. you know, it’s
not that many, right? It’s about ten… almost, you know, it’s eight or nine
percent, right? Cause it’s a lot. Okay, how many of those people chose
the United States as the country where they would move if they could? Talk to your neighbor. Of the 630 million
people, how many of those people chose the United States as the country, if they
gave them residency and said here you go you can come here, come to the U.S., how many of them would choose that? To come to the U.S. Hey Sam, do you know the best part about
seeing computers open? Dude, yeah. Can you guys not? Can you guys close your computers?
Every time you guys have your computers open, you guys are not helping the
livestream at all. Yeah it’s a…. it’s a problem actually. Thank you for closing
them. It’s not just that, it’s just annoying because you’re not…. unless
you’re looking up these numbers… just sit down over here, there’s empty seats.
Alright, ready? 630 million. How many people? Did you come up with numbers?
Would did you say, bro? How much? Fifty thousand. Fifty thousand. What’d you say? Huh? Dude. The answer…. go to the next slide. 138 million. Okay?
Which is a lot of people. But listen… here’s what that means. You ready y’all?
Right, here’s what it means… ready? If I had a dollar for every time I heard
someone say we have to close the borders because everybody in the world wants to
come here, everyone wants to come to the United States, we’re the greatest country
and of course, everybody does, you know, you got all these nations in Africa and all the poor nations and people all want to come here, etc. etc. etc. I’d be really rich.
So Gallup is saying well, actually most people would choose another country.
Number one country of the 630 million, The U.S. is number one, behind the U.S.
is the UK, is Canada, is France, is Australia, Saudi Arabia… okay?
But we’re number one at 138. However, what this means, is that… and it’s not
theoretical because you could never play this out, but imagine, because I’m just
playing a mind game here, what if we opened the borders up and said alright,
listen man. Anyone who wants to come here… just come here and whatever we’re tired
of really dealing with this stuff. Obviously that’s not the number it would
be, but what Gallup is saying nor is it the number that many Americans think it
is when they say things like everybody wants to come to the United States,
everybody wants to be here, everybody this, everybody that and if I listen to the
Trump’s State of the Union address, I would listen to and imagine that yeah, we
got to do something because everybody wants to come here when in fact Gallup
is saying is like that’s not necessarily the case.
Right and it’s really something to think about, okay? So what I want to do is walk
you through a couple things here. Go to the next slide, dawg. So, this is
something from the State of the Union. So under the current broken system, a single immigrant… and now, I’m going to walk you through this because remember? Read behind the headlines.
Presidents…. you, you, you basically can know a politician is lying or saying
something that’s not really true when their lips are moving. So whether they’re
Democrats or Republicans or Obama or what’s her name? What’s her name?
Hillary. Yeah, alright. George… George… Clinton’s wife from Parliament. She’d
been better off if she was with George Clinton, alright? So anyway, well it
doesn’t really matter. But the idea… Do you know who George Clinton is, bro? Do you know? Dude, just… can someone just… put… can someone just tweet out some
funkadelic stuff? Alright. So listen man, under the current broken
system a single immigrant can bring virtually unlimited numbers of distant
relatives. Under our plan, we focus on the immediate family by limiting
sponsorships to spouses and minor children. We need to end chain migration.
So look, what I want to do…. dudes. I ask people, what is chain migration?
What did Trump mean by this? Just random people, who I’m talking to and their
response was well, what it means is that immigrants can come here and they can
sponsor other people to come here and we can’t really say no and so they just
keep coming and they keep coming and they keep coming and that’s the chain,
right? And, and so we, we can’t stop it and the laws can’t stop it and so it’s a
broken system and then we got to do something and we got to fix this thing.
And I, Donald Trump, and the Republicans, with some help from Democrats and so on… I’m gonna fix it. Well, of course that’s what Obama said as well and before Obama, that’s what Bush said and before Bush, that’s what Clinton said
and so on and so forth, right? So I want to walk through how we got to
chain migration. Dudes, oh man, can… everyone just… really take… I’m… f*ck. *Pause* This is one of those moments when um… you know, the reason I do this is to just turn things on its head. So that when you
leave here, you realize that you…. I want you to leave here thinking that you
don’t know anything, right? That’s the goal. College…. thinking…. becoming a thinker is about emptying our brains with the idea that we know something.
I did that a long time ago, so I have no sense at all that I know anything. It’s
very clear in my mind. I’m just trying to put two and two together and I’m
endlessly like finding things that demonstrate that the world is exactly
opposite of everything that I thought it was. And so when I see a guy like Trump and
before Trump was Obama saying equally silly things about immigration and Obama
sent…. deported more immigrants back to their home countries than Trump has
thus far in his first year, Obama in his, in his, by the time he got to his third
year deported many more people than Trump has. So don’t think that we need an Obama, because, if you’re…. ******** people back, Trump is better. I just want to walk you through something, okay? Dude, go to the next slide. So here. Historically in the United States…
Europeans start coming into the U.S. and they come in groups, by the way, dude, this
isn’t history. I’m gonna go…. I’m gonna go through this really fast. Setting aside
Native Americans for a second, Europeans come, they largely come in groups.
there’s largely this quota thing where you know a certain number of
people are gonna come from every country and you kind of work that out and it’s
all good, right? But we’re still fighting over it. People have been fighting every group that came here fought to keep other groups out.
We’ve always been fighting over ****** The history of the United States, trying
to figure out who should be allowed in this country and under what conditions.
It is never going away and by all accounts, Trump is no different than
anybody else. Those of you who aren’t paying attention and just listen or read
your liberal news feeds on Facebook and imagine that this guy’s like a real
a-hole, it’s like maybe you’re not paying attention, because this is a really
complex issue. So here, 1960, 7 out of 8 immigrants were from Europe. So in 65,
there was this really conservative congressman from Ohio and he had the
idea that he said… I’m just looking at one tiny piece of this, that’s all. This
issue of of chain migration. So he had the idea, look, here’s what’s going on. We
need… what we’re seeing are more and more black and brown people coming in and we
need to make sure that we remain a white nation. He was very clear about this. The idea that the U.S. is a
white nation, white people are more advanced, we can’t be bringing more
people from Africa, from Asia, from South America, black and brown people,
we need to ensure that we remain a white nation and we were a very white nation
in 1960, okay? So he passes this proposal to support chain migration and what he says…
and what the proposal is, is that people who are here can sponsor people back
home, they can sponsor their relatives to come to the United States. We hadn’t done
this before in this way, so in such a large way our fundamental policies was
based on this, as far as I can ascertain. And so now it changes, so now, the fund… the baseline of our policy is like people who are here now can sponsor
people back home, their relatives. So his idea is that means the white people who
are here, the immigrants that are coming, are gonna to go back home to their
family members and their friends and they’re gonna say hey, come to the United
States, you can live with me, I’ll find you a job, we’ll do this, we’ll do that,
and then you can be part of the United States, that’s good for this dude, Michael
*******, because then we can remain a white nation. But what he didn’t understand was that…. what was going on is, near immigration from Europe was dying down
because Europe was transforming and fewer immigrants were coming from Europe and more and more immigrants were starting in the mid-60s starting to come
from black and brown nations, from Africa from Latin America ,and from Asia in
particular Southeast Asia or East Asia. Okay? And South Asia, India, so… and Pakistan. Okay? So now, we move to chain migration policy because of racism. It’s racism,
you’ve got that? It’s pure racism. Chain migration I mean. We are going to set it up, so when I show up in the United States, as this person from Ireland or
the UK or France or Italy or whatever. I will go back to my home country and I
will find my brother, my sister, my mother, whoever and I will sponsor them to come
to the United States and that’s good because we want to make sure that there
are lots of white people. But what he didn’t understand was demographics were
changing and what was going on was more and more black and brown people were
coming and they were gonna be the ones that sponsored their family members. So
that…. by 2010 ****** immigrants that were being
sponsored to come to the United States ****** Now, where we’re at, is nine out of ten. So
we’re getting more and more black, more and more brown, and the same racist
thinking is coming to the floor that says, and I’m gonna call it racist, but I’m
going to call it “racist” with quotes around it so the alt-right doesn’t get
pissed. So, but, the same basic racist ideas that says we need to be ***** the way to do that was chain migration, now the way to continue to be a white nation or to make
sure we have enough white people here, is to end chain migration. You see that? You
see how like amazing that is? Like what’s behind it all is racism… that says we want more white people because my people ******** Oh, look….I’m just gonna put this out
here because I need you to see this, right? Because it’s worth not getting lost in misinformation. They can only sponsor a
spouse or unmarried children, if you have a green card. Like permanent residency
United States, you’re not a citizen in the U.S., but you have a green card. Is that…. who has…. who has residency but they’re not a citizen? Bro. There’s one. Who else?
Two. Three. Some of you. Okay, right? So if you are a
U.S. citizen though, you can sponsor a spouse, unmarried children, married
children, parents, brothers and sisters, fiancee or fiance, so male or female, right?
Or… but, you can’t do aunts and uncles and grandparents…. you could do grandparents
like ,you could get your…. you know, your parents and I mean there are lots of
things, ways you could get about it, but, the idea being, you can’t just go and
bring anybody here. That’s not what’s happening. So, Trump this is the most important thing that you need to know. So I listen…
you know, hang on, hang on. I swear…. we have one minute and I want you to hear this.
So I listened…. I used to study immigration when I was in graduate
school in my PHD program, so like I think… I know a lot about what I don’t
know and I was listening the other day to this guy talk about this…. how long it
would take to shift to Trump’s policy and because there’s such a backlog of
cases and the guy said for Trump, they said, there were several of them talking,
they said for Trump’s policy to take effect, regardless of what politicians
say cause this is like Obama, right? Remember Obama was gonna like make
everybody rich and so on? But it would take decades… because of the
backlog of paperwork, so it’s like not gonna change dudes. It’s not going to
change. Alright, have a safe weekend and gentlemen…

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