BET founder Robert Johnson expressed his distaste among the protester who are going beyond the limit and called them as ‘borderline anarchists’ taking down Confederate. Robert Johnson said ‘black people laugh at white people’ who think tearing down statues and canceling TV shows is really their hidden desire to begin with. With the happenings, President Trump is bound to sign executive order protecting federal statues and monuments.
With an exclusive interview with Fox News, BET founder Robert Johnson stated that we should not romanticize those who are making efforts to above the Confederate and other statues across the nation as “borderline anarchists” — while challenging the notion that black Americans that blindly supports the overboard actions.
He clearly stated that people destroying statues “have the mistaken assumption that black people are sitting around cheering for them saying ‘Oh, my God, look at these white people. They’re doing something so important to us. They’re taking down the statue of a Civil War general that fought for the South,” Johnson said. “You know, black people, in my opinion, black people laugh at white people who do this the same way we laugh at white people who say we got to take off the TV shows.”
Robert Johnson, who happened as the country’s first black billionaire in 2001, has made a $14 trillion pitch for reparations to descendants of slavery. But he emphasized that the efforts and unjustifiable acts of movement to take down statues, cancel TV shows and fire professors does nothing to close the wealth gap that will blur the line of slavery which truly happens in the society.
It’s “tantamount to rearranging the deck chairs on a racial Titanic,” Johnson told Fox News. “It absolutely means nothing.”
Additionally, Johnson also made his point that statue destruction that was torn down across the nation is worthless and meaningless to black Americans who could benefit much more from structural changes like economic equality and other positive and humane movements and causes to demand justice towards the pressing issue.
“Look, the people who are basically tearing down statues, trying to make a statement are basically borderline anarchists, the way I look at it. They really have no agenda other than the idea we’re going to topple a statue,” Johnson said. “It’s not going to give a kid whose parents can’t afford college money to go to college. It’s not going to close the labor gap between what white workers are paid and what black workers are paid. And it’s not going to take people off welfare or food stamps.”
Johnson rejected the backlash against public figures who say “all lives matter” instead of “black lives matter,” and the cancel craze targeting TV shows like “Dukes of Hazzard” and movie classics such as “Gone with the Wind.”
He also expressed his distaste with white celebrities for what he described as apologizing for their race in emotional social media spills or maybe to drawn attention of being a social empathy being.
“You know, that to me is the silliest expression of white privilege that exists in this country. The notion that a celebrity could get on a Twitter feed and say, ‘oh, my God, I am so sorry that I am white.’ I don’t find any black people getting on Twitter and saying, ‘Oh, I’m so sorry I’m black.’ And we got the worst problems. … My thing is: embrace being white and do the right thing.”
Johnson suggested white Americans need to ask black Americans what they really want.
“White Americans seem to think that if they just do sort of emotionally or drastic things that black people are going to say, ‘Oh my God, white people love us because they took down a statue of Stonewall Jackson.’ Frankly, black people don’t give a damn,” Johnson added.