A white man from North Carolina recently called into a C-SPAN show to seek advice from the show’s African-American guest, while declaring he is “prejudiced.”
Heather McGhee, the president of progressive Demos Institute, was taking calls on the "Washington Journal" when Gary, who identified himself as a “white male,” called in and made a powerful confession.
"I was hoping your guest could help me change my mind about some things,” the caller began. “I'm a white male, and I am prejudiced."
The man then elaborated how he became discriminatory towards the black community after reading about high crime rates and drug use among its members.
"I have these different fears, and I don't want my fears to come true. You know, so I try to avoid that, and I come off as being prejudiced, but I just have fears," the caller added. "What can I do to change? You know, to be a better American?"
Equally moving was the response from McGhee, who first told him that she was, in fact, grateful for his call, adding his confession was “one of the most powerful things that we can do right now in this moment in our history.”
“So what can you do?” McGhee offered. “Get to know black families. Turn off the nightly news.”
She told him to visit a black or multi-ethnic church and converse with people there. Have discussion with his family members about race relations and read history.
The poignant exchange was posted on Demos’ Facebook page less than a day ago and it already has 1.5 million views — and understandably so. McGhee’s response is one for the ages.
You can watch it in the video above.