Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey joined former NFL linebacker Emmanuel Acho, who’s now an ESPN analyst, for episode two of his “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man.”
Acho started the online show, which went viral after episode one, in response to the many questions he was receiving from his white friends following the national protests against systemic racism.
In the latest episode, McConaughey and Acho discuss how white people can educate themselves further by learning some of their unrecognized prejudices.
“I’m here to learn, share, listen, understand. I’m here to discuss some common grounds between us but also expose some differences between us,” the actor told Acho, who asked why he wanted to be part of the show. “I’m here to have a conversation and hopefully promote more conversations with the end goal being that we take the time we’re in now and constructively turn a page in history through some righteous and justifiable change.”
McConaughey asked what he as a white man can “do better.”
“You have to acknowledge that there is a problem so that you can take more ownership for the problem,” Acho responded.
“Individually, you have to acknowledge implicit bias. You have to acknowledge that you’ll see a black man and, for whatever reason, you will view them more of a threat than you will a white man. Probably because society told you to.”
He also offered the example of employment opportunities, noting that studies show that the person with the “white sounding name” is twice as likely to get a call back than the person with the “black sounding name” despite having equal resumes.
Noting that McConaughey is a very successful man, Acho posed, “Are you a part of that statistical problem? Are you looking at a resume saying, ‘Ah man, nah, they sound a little too hood for me.'”
McConaughey brought up a term he heard called “white allergies,” which he described as something white people may have and not realize when it comes to prejudices against black people.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law