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Andrew Young: Trump 'Being Educated' on Race Issues

By    |   Sunday, 14 January 2018 03:51 PM

President Donald Trump is "being educated" on the issue of race,  Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and civil rights icon Andrew Young said Sunday, but added the issue doesn't stop there.

"It's not a matter of educating Donald Trump; it's a matter of educating our entire society," Young told NBC's "Meet the Press" anchor Chuck Todd. "Getting President Trump to be a saint is not going to change the employment situation, it's not going to change the global economy, it's not going to deal with the tensions between North Korea and the United States. This is a difficult world, and it doesn't help to label people."

Young added that it is not helpful to assign labels to people when there is a problem.

"You know, you don't help someone who has an alcohol problem by constantly calling him a drunk," said Young, also a two-time mayor of Atlanta. "You have to deal with the sickness. And I don't even want to use the term sickness in a moral sense. We're part of an extremely confusing time."

Part of the issue, he continued, "probably goes more back to cell phones and the technology."

"If you read Peter Diamandis’ "Abundance," you realize that science and technology is doing extremely well, but the better they do, the more insecure it makes politicians," said Young.

Todd asked Young if he thought Trump can be redeemed, and he replied that "we are sinners that know we cannot make it on our own, and I think he's kind of got to realize that, too.”

Young, who was once the executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King, last appeared on the program a week after the violence broke out while white supremacists were rallying in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August.

Todd noted at that point Young wanted to give Trump the benefit of the doubt about his feelings after the president said there were "very fine people" on both sides of the confrontation.

Others in the civil rights movement, including Rep. John Lewis, R-Ga., and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, along with Martin Luther King III, have all criticized Trump's comments during a meeting on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, when he reportedly referred to Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as "s***hole countries."

"I'm of the opinion that we were born in a very complex, multicultural situation," said Young. "I prefer to use the term ethnocentrism, because it goes way back and it doesn't help to put the label on any single person."

Dr. King, he continued, said, "We were born in an unjust world. And none of us can take any virtue about being born black, white, liberal or conservative."

Further, King had said, "Nothing is more dangerous in all the world than serious ignorance, sincere ignorance and enthusiastic stupidity," said Young, and he does not think that can be applied to any one person.

"That that could be applied to both parties," Young said. "It could be applied to just about every member of the House of Representatives, that we don't really grasp the complexity of the times that we're in, and we're trying to simplify it and personalize it. That will not work."

Todd said there is a next generation of African-American leaders who do not believe they can work with Trump, but Young said they should make every effort.

"Dr. King sent me in to Birmingham to deal with a community that was institutionally racialized, and where just about every member of the hierarchy was committed to racial segregation," said Young. "It took us only about 90 days. But there were almost, oh, every two or three days we had discussions, and we dismantled segregation piece by piece, and we did it with a no-fault analysis of it."

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President Donald Trump is "being educated" on the issue of race, Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and civil rights icon Andrew Young said Sunday, but added the issue doesn't stop there."It's not a matter of educating Donald Trump; it's a matter of educating our...
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