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‘What’s wrong with Blacks’ asks Adam Carolla of Gavin Newsom

March 7, 2013 by  
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California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom unwittingly found himself in a tense discussion Friday about racism and economic inequality with comedian turned conservative talk show personality Adam Carolla.

Gavin Newsom Adam Carolla racism debateGavin Newsom, hawking his book: “Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government,” appeared on Adam Carolla’s show to discuss his first venture into printed media. Newsom was angling to talk up how internet technologies can help improve political participation by youths and other groups, but host Carolla had other ideas.

Adam Carolla, known for his underwhelming stint as the host of MTV’s “Loveline,” steered the conversation to a discussion about his apparently flawed and myopic perception of racial and economic inequality in America. He stated, with an authoritative tone suggesting he had actually researched the subject using universally accepted credible sources, that the number one reason for poverty, particularly among African-Americans and Hispanics, is that these groups do not adhere to the two-parent (male and female) family model and don’t value education as much as whites and Asians do.

“Yes they foreclosed on your home. That’s why you need to have a network, a community, friends, family members, money put away. Don’t have the kids,” Adam Carolla began.

“Think about it, Adam,” Gavin Newsom interrupted. “Half of African-Americans in the state of California, and roughly half of Latino families, have no access to a checking account or an ATM. Things we take for granted.”

“What’s wrong with them?” Adam Carolla countered, to which Newsom replied..they don’t have the resources to sock those things away.” Not satisfied, Carolla pressed on, asking “Why do we have them?” “A lot of different reasons,” Gavin Newsom retorted in a somewhat flustered tone as Adam Carolla began to talk over Newsom to assert his conservative viewpoint, namely that Blacks and Latinos are genetically flawed, lack family values, don’t save and don’t value education.

“I want to know why those two groups don’t have access. Are they flawed?” Adam Carolla baited.

Amazingly, Gavin Newsom indulged Adam Carolla in this buffoonery which only racists could find entertaining. Carolla fired off conservative/libertarian talking-points, while Newsom struggled to article with substance any significant liberal/progressive viewpoints. Sure, Newsom wanted to get back to the discussion of his book. But clearly Carolla wasn’t going to let that happen:

The reasons for America’s socio-economic inequality are numerous and complex, as Gavin Newsom rightly stated — we address some of these issues in our piece “An Alternative Wealth Gap Explanation.” But these reasons are also primarily race-based, gender-based and class-based, as undoubtedly Newsom knows. As one of the fresh-faced poster-boys for the future of the Democratic Party, Newsom should not have shied away from these arguments. His doing so reeks of political malfeasance, for how can a constituent support someone afraid to lead when challenged by such low hanging fruit and an obvious nutter?

Adam Carolla hosts “The Adam Carolla Show,” a talk show distributed as a podcast. He was the co-host and co-creator of the “The Man Show” and the co-creator and a regular performer on the television show “Crank Yankers.” He is a regular guest on Bill O’Reilly’s “The O’Reilly Factor.”