Former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien said during a recent talk at Harvard’s Institute of Politics that she is often confronted by whites who want to take issue with her documentaries on race in America, the Washington Examiner reports.
Recently removed from her position as anchor of CNN’s Starting point, O’Brien will continue to make documentaries about race for the station. She was also recently named a distinguished visiting fellow at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.
“People would sometimes, when I give speeches, stand up and say, ‘You know, I think your black-America documentaries [are] divisive. I think … we shouldn’t think of ourselves as African American. We’re Americans, and everybody should stop separating themselves out,’ ” she said in a new video from the institute.
She continued: “First of all, it’s only white people who ever said that — ‘If we could just see beyond race. If only people didn’t see race, it would be such a better place; and you are responsible for bringing up these icky race issues, Soledad. You should just let sleeping dogs lie.’ “
Watch the talk here:
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