Posted on September 17, 2021

Jeff Daniels: White Americans Suffering from Blindness to Racism Must Get Educated

Warner Todd Huston, Breitbart, September 15, 2021

Actor Jeff Daniels told CBS late-night host Stephen Colbert that white Americans suffer from a “blindness” and said if they “get educated” — reading books by leftist authors like Ta-Nehisis Coates — and “accept that systemic racism exists,” we can all “welcome in a new America.”

Daniels told Colbert he was eager to get back on the Broadway stage, starring as Atticus Finch in Aaron Sorkin’s To Kill A Mockingbird. Why? To help white people view the play with a new eye toward coming to grips with and helping to solve system racism in the United States.

“I want to see what it means to walk out there as Atticus post George Floyd’s murder and basically throw what Aaron Sorkin had written,” the Dumb & Dumber star said {snip}

“I think the Bloody Sunday for people of color was George Floyd’s murder,” Daniels said, “and white people said ‘I had no idea we were taught one side of American history, I better look into that.’”

From there Daniels claimed that his “look into that” moment led him to delve into the works of critical race theorists such as authors Isabelle Wilkerson, Ta-Nehisis Coates, and Carol Anderson.

“We have an opportunity in this country right now to welcome in a new America,” Daniels exclaimed, before responding to Colbert’s claim that Americans need to rededicate themselves on “first principles.”

“And white people are the ones who need to hear it,” Daniels said.