CBS Spotlights California Church’s ‘Racists Anonymous’ Program

CBS Evening News rounded out their broadcast Wednesday by highlighting a ultra-leftist Unitarian Universalist church’s efforts to weed out racism. “We end tonight with a new treatment for a disease that has afflicted this country since its birth,” touted CBS Anchor Scott Pelley, “John Blackstone now on curing racism. One step at a time.” That’s right, a racism twelve-step program that’s seriously called “Racists Anonymous.”

The two minute, 38 seconds long report started with testimonials from some of the participants, “I'm Morgan and I'm a racist… I'm Bonnie, and I'm a racist… I'm Darryl, and I'm a racist.” “Participants in the multiracial group try to become more aware of their own biases,” John Blackstone went on to explain (something the media should probably do).

“Pastor Ron Buford started the weekly meetings last November at his congregational church in Sunnyvale, California, after watching town after town get eaten up by hate and violence so often borne out of prejudice,” reported Blackstone as he showed a series of images of violent anti-police protests and riots.

“Black lives matter has made wonderful impact in so many ways, but this is a different approach,” Buford told Blackstone, “That's right. Instead of talking about other people's racism, to say, it's me.”

The “racist” known as Morgan explained to Blackwell that he didn’t know he was a racist until he started attending the meetings, “I hadn't considered myself a racist coming here, but once we got into these discussions, it started me thinking, maybe there is a little bit of racism in everybody. And that I was one of them.”

Ironically, the Unitarian Universalist Church is an active participant in the radical divestment from Israel movement popular on liberal college campuses. The divestment from Israel movement has long been associated with an anti-Semitic sentiment which sides with Palestinian terrorists. The organization’s own divestment resolution states:

Israel’s nearly half-century-old military and governance systems for maintaining its occupation dominate all aspects of Palestinians’ daily lives, leaving them powerless, as a people without a country, without the rule of law, and without rights, including the most fundamental human and legal rights.

Transcript below: 

CBS
Evening News
October 26, 2016
6:56:16 PM Eastern [2 Minutes 38 Seconds]

SCOTT PELLEY: We end tonight with a new treatment for a disease that has afflicted this country since its birth. John Blackstone now on curing racism. One step at a time.

[Cuts to video]

MORGAN: I'm Morgan and I'm a racist.

JOHN BLACKSTONE: Something that is usually unspeakable.

BONNIE: I'm Bonnie, and I'm a racist.

BLACKSTONE: Is a conversation starter at a meeting of Racists Anonymous.

DARRYL: I'm Darryl, and I'm a racist.

BLACKSTONE: Participants in the multiracial group try to become more aware of their own biases.

UNIDENTIFIED ATTENDEE: It means that if an Arabic person gets on a plane and I automatically think terrorist…

BLACKSTONE: Their goal is to abolish racism from their communities by first eliminating it from themselves.

PASTOR RON BUFORD: Often we don't even realize we're being racist.

BLACKSTONE: Pastor Ron Buford started the weekly meetings last November at his congregational church in Sunnyvale, California, after watching town after town get eaten up by hate and violence so often borne out of prejudice.

BUFORD: Black lives matter has made wonderful impact in so many ways, but this is a different approach.

BLACKSTONE: Focused on the individual.

BUFORD: That's right. Instead of talking about other people's racism, to say, it's me.

BLACKSTONE: The revelation comes in the smallest instances.

BONNIE: There are a number of black people, and some of them have these weird name, and somehow I just can't remember those weird names, and I'm very... I feel very bad about it.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: You might want the use "Unique" or "Different" because I don't think their mother would like to hear her child has a weird name. “Where did you get Sheniqua?”

BLACKSTONE: Morgan has been a participant since the beginning.

MORGAN: I hadn't considered myself a racist coming here, but once we got into these discussions, it started me thinking, maybe there is a little bit of racism in everybody. And that I was one of them.

BUFORD: The reality is that the white experience in America, the black or brown experience in America are so radically different that there is no way that the person who is white could even understand what's happening to the black person except it's starting to happen. So I think people are coming to a place of discovery.

UNIDENTIFIED: A group hug here, come on, come on.

BLACKSTONE: In a nation searching for answers, it's a small step but a step in the right direction. John Blackstone, CBS news, Sunnyvale, California.

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