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‘The View’ co-host accuses Black author of being ‘used as a pawn by the right’

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On “The View”, co-host Sunny Hostin accused author Coleman Hughes of being “used as a pawn by the right” in arguing for a colorblind approach to addressing racism in his new book.

Hughes denied being co-opted by Republicans, noting he has always voted Democrat.

“Your argument for colorblindness, I think it’s something that the right has co-opted, and so many in the Black community, if I’m being honest with you, because I want to be, believed that you are being used as a pawn by the right and that you are charlatan of sorts,” Hostin said.

“I don’t think I’ve been co-opted by anyone. I’ve only voted twice — both for Democrats. I’m an independent,” Coleman said. “I would vote for a Republican — probably a non-Trump Republican if they were compelling. I don’t think there’s any evidence I’ve been co-opted by anyone and I think that’s an ad-hominem tactic people use to not address, really, the important conversations we’re having here.”

“No one is paying me to say what I’m saying,” he added.

“The reason I wrote this book is because, in the past 10 years, it has become to, in the name of anti-racism, teach a kind of philosophy to our children, in general, that says your race is everything,” he said. “And I think that is the wrong way to fight racism and that’s why I wrote this book at this time.”

When Hostin criticized Hughes’ view that class rather than race should determine disadvantages, he quoted MLK as also advocating a class-based socioeconomic approach.

“When you say that socio-economics picks out people in a better way than race, when you do look at the socio-economics, you see the huge disparity between White households and Black households. You see the huge disparity between White households and Hispanic households,” Hostin said. “I’ve read your book twice, because I wanted to give it a chance. Your argument that race has no place in that equation is really fundamentally flawed.”

Hostin pushed back, arguing King fought for racial equality and reparations, not ignoring race.

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