(Liberty Bell) – Bill Maher is an avowed leftist, no doubt about it.
He once wished aloud that there would be a recession so that Trump would not be re-elected and has sung the praises of socialism, in just two examples of a longtime career of carrying water for the left.
But he’s a bit of a black sheep among leftists in that the one-time “Politically Incorrect” host isn’t afraid to burst the left’s bubble on issues he can recognize the danger of.
On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” Maher gave a pretty apt warning about the future of our culture if we continue to allow ourselves to be led by cancel culture.
He declared that the “guardians of gotcha” are cultivating an environment that will “make people afraid to mingle at all, and thrust us back towards a re-segregation of sorts, where instead of just seeing a person, and not a color, now we’re only seeing color.”
Maher said, “Black people have to demand that white people stop culturally appropriating how mad they are about racism. It’s great that Caucasians have finally joined the fight for racial justice in unprecedented numbers, but hating racism the most? You can’t steal that.”
After explaining the absurd incident in Oakland where exercise ropes were hung in a tree for over a year before they triggered someone and had to be taken down.
It turned out that the man who had hung them was in fact a black man who told local media that no one would have mistaken them for a noose.
Nonetheless, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf (D) vowed to investigate the ropes as a hate crime.
Maher remarked, “Why is this white woman seeing racism where a black man isn’t? The mayor also said, ‘[I]ntentions don’t matter.’ But they do matter. And white people need to stop trying to cancel other white people whose heart is in the right place, but don’t get it exactly right on the first try.”
He added, “Liberalism should be about lifting people up, and you don’t do that by slapping down people who are trying to say, I’m on your side. … You want to be a good ally, but not too good, or you’re being a white savior. Use your voice, but don’t make it about yourself, but speak up, unless it’s your time to just listen, and then silence is violence. Even though sometimes silence just means someone works two jobs and has three kids. They have baby food on their shirt, not hate in their heart.”
He concluded, “I worry that the kind of tension that the guardians of gotcha are creating is going to make people afraid to mingle at all, and thrust us back towards a re-segregation of sorts, where instead of just seeing a person, and not a color, now we’re only seeing color. Maybe this is old school liberalism talking, but I don’t think that’s the way to go.”