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you know obviously you know race is the elephant in the room and we all understand that but unless it is talked about constantly it's not going to get better people get bored no it was at that again they pulling a race card again why do we have to talk about that well because it's uncomfortable and there has to be an uncomfortable element in the discourse for anything to change you know whether it's LGBT movement or you know women's suffrage race it doesn't matter people have to be made to feel uncomfortable and especially white people because we're comfortable it's like you're at the fifty you know the 50 meter mark in a hundred meter dash and you've got that kind of a lead yes because you were born white you have advantages that are systemically culturally psychologically there and they have been built up and cemented for hundreds of years people want to hold their position people want the status quo people don't want to give that up and until it's given up it's not going to be fixed I think that we do live in a a difficult time and it doesn't do a whole lot of good we all know the situation and it gets beaten up every day by Talking Heads and you know it starts to get personal and I think we all know why we all know where the source is where a lot of the division comes from but to dwell on that sometimes I think is a the wrong way to go because it's so obvious now it's it's boring you know the the childishness and the gratuitous fear-mongering and race baiting has been so consistent that it's almost expected you know the the bar has been lowered so far that I think it's more important to be thinking about what to do a more organic roots roots based you know level thinking about the efforts to restrict voter registration you know comments that demean cultures ethnic groups races women those sorts of things you know what what can be done in an organic way to fight that because we know how everything happens we know where the power in the country is we know the racism that exists but it's it's gone beyond that to the point where I'm more worried about and more confused by the people around our president these are intelligent people who know exactly what's going on who were basically very negative about his actions but now it seems that it's condoned and you know we sought this weekend with his comments about people that should be fired or people that shouldn't be allowed to do this sort of thing I wonder what the people think about who voted for him where their line is how much they can take word is the the morality and the decency kick in and I understand very well you know they didn't like their choice economically a lot of people had a problem and he was the right guy at the right time to tap into that mood and people overlooked one hell of a lot to be able to pull that trigger and vote in that direction but it was because they wanted change they felt ignored they actually thought something would happen that would aid them but at what price is the question and as we see the actions over and over and over again one wonders what is in their heads and have they come to the conclusion that they had the wrong vehicle they might have had good ideas and good reasons why they wanted to go the way they went but someone else that had a little bit more decency about how they approach other people and other groups might have served better and that's what I worry about in the country you wonder about if you live where you thought you lived I just heard a comment this morning from a NASCAR owner and for mr. petty that just blew me away just blew me away where the owner described the fact that he would get the Greyhound bus tickets for anybody to leave and they'd be fired and mr. petty who said people who act the way we saw on Sunday they should leave the country that's where I live I had no idea that I lived in a country where people would actually say that sort of thing I'm not totally naive but I think these people have been enabled by an example that we've all been given and you've seen it in Charlottesville and on and on and on that's not a surprise get over it you know what do we do to get it done to go to the grassroots and not allow this to happen again you know our country's an embarrassment in the world this is this is an individual actually thought that when people held arms during the games that they were doing it to honor the flag that's delusional absolutely delusional but it's what we have to live with so you got a choice we can continue to bounce our heads off the wall with his conduct or we can decide that the institutions of our country are more important that people are more important that the decent America that we all thought we had and want is more important and get down to business at the grassroots level and do we have to do I guess that's enough for now hey NBC News viewers thanks for checking out our YouTube channel subscribe by clicking on that button down here and click on any of 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