Phil Vischer, creator of the popular animated Christian cartoon “VeggieTales” and voice of Bob the Tomato, has released another video addressing race, this time looking at U.S. history and past regulations that suppressed the advancement of black Americans.
Following the police-involved death of George Floyd, many Americans are discussing issues pertaining to race and the debate of systemic institutionalized racism. To address this issue, Vischer made a video titled “Race in America” that’s available on the Holy Post channel on YouTube.
“We need to talk about race. Why are people protesting; why are people angry? Slavery ended 150 years ago, the civil rights movement was 60 years ago, racial discrimination is illegal now. Heck, we even had a black president. So why are people still upset? We’re going to go through history and we’re going to look at some data,” Vischer begins in the 15-minute video.
Showing an image of two houses, he says, “These are two households in America, one is black, the other is white. Today the average black household has 60% of the income of the average white household, but only one 10th of the household wealth.”
He said household wealth helps to fund schools, launch small businesses, stabilizes loss of income, and helps families survive unexpected divorce or unemployment.
“What’s amazing about this number is that there are lots of extremely wealthy African Americans: movie stars, pop stars, 75% of the NBA, 70% of the NFL, Oprah, Tyler Perry, [Dr.] Ben Carson, Morgan Freeman. And there are a lot of extremely poor white families; think of Appalachia and other parts of rural America. But even when we factor all that in, the average black household still has only one 10th, the wealth of the average white household,” Vischer said.
Vischer also highlights post-emancipation laws, including vagrancy laws which made it a crime for black men to be unemployed, Jim Crow segregation laws, redlining, banking and homeownership, the GI Bill, the war on drugs, the militarization of police departments, and the prison system.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law