Last night time on Real Time with Bill Maher closed his present Friday night time by knocking liberals who refuse to acknowledge the progress on racial and social points that’s been made in America.
Maher started by diagnosing the left with “progressophobia,” a time period he outlined as “a brain disorder that strikes liberals and makes them incapable of recognizing progress.”
“If you think America is more racist now than ever, more sexist than before women could vote and more homophobic than when b—j–s were a felony, you have ‘progressophobia’ and should adjust your mask because it’s covering your eyes,” Maher advised his viewers.
“The chant from gay protesters used to be ‘We’re here, we’re queer, get used to it.’ Well, we did. This is Pride month and it’s not even a big deal anymore. Thirty days of parades and festivals celebrating a cause that was once so divisive, Ellen had to pretend to be straight.”
The HBO star celebrated legalized homosexual marriage nationwide and the way “even half of Republicans” now help it, celebrities popping out of the closet are met with “thunderous applause” and nearly each main firm in America commemorates Pride month.
“And it’s not just LGBT issues. Not that long ago, I knew people who went to prison for growing pot. And today, you can legally smoke it for fun in 43% of the country,” Maher defined. “Even something like bullying: It still happens but being outwardly cruel to people who are different is no longer acceptable. That’s progress. And acknowledging progress isn’t saying ‘We’re done,’ or ‘We don’t need more.’ And being gloomier doesn’t make you a better person.”
Maher identified how solely “4%” of Americans permitted of interracial marriage in 1958 and the way Gallup stopped polling the query in 2013 since “87%” of the inhabitants helps it, calling it a “sea change” from his childhood. He cited stats of firms that present 47-55% of their staff are folks of shade, joking that they’re “desperate to look like their TV commercials.”
He additionally invoked the latest “Friends” reunion particular and the way it “looked weird” as a result of “if you even suggested a show today about six people, all of whom were straight and White, the network would laugh you out of the room and then cancel you on Twitter.”
“And yet there’s a recurrent theme on the far-left that things have never been worse! Kevin Hart expressed a view many hold when he told The New York Times, ‘You’re witnessing White power and White privilege at an all-time high.’” Maher stated.
“This is one of the big problems with wokeness,” he continued, “that what you say doesn’t should make sense or jive with the information and even be challenged lest the problem be conflated with racism.’
“But saying that White power and privilege is at an all-time high is just ridiculous. Higher than a century ago, the year of the Tulsa Race Massacre? Higher than the years when the KKK rode unchecked and Jim Crow went unchallenged? Higher than the 1960s when The Supremes and Willie Mays still couldn’t stay at the same hotel as the White people they were working with? Higher than during slavery?”
The “Real Time” host acknowledged that racism “is still with us,” but in addition confused that racism “is simply no longer everywhere,” pointing to how the Minneapolis police didn’t help Derek Chauvin “and that never used to happen.”
“The low point of race relations wasn’t Kim Kardashian wearing cornrows, even though it happened on Snapchat and George Wallace standing in a doorway didn’t. Because here’s the thing, kids: There actually was a world before you got here,” Maher scolded younger folks. “We date human events A.D. and B.C., but we need a new marker for Millennials and Gen-Z, “B.Y.” – “Before You.”
“There are a helluva a lot of Americans trying really hard these days to embrace a new spirit of inclusion and self-reflection, and this progressive allergy to acknowledging societal advances is self-defeating because progress and hope that we can achieve it is the product we’re selling and having a warped view of reality leads to policies that are warped,” Maher continued. “Black-only dorms and graduation ceremonies, a growing belief that Whiteness as a malady and White people as irredeemable, giving up on a colorblind society — only if you believe we’ve made no progress does any of that make sense.”
He added, “It’s not a sin, and it’s certainly not inaccurate, to say we’ve come a long way, baby. Not mission accomplished, just a long way.”
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