Soledad O’Brien has received at lot of criticism over the years for her CNN “Black In America” series, and she finally responding back to naysayers.
During a talk at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, the journalist revealed that White Americans have taken the most offense to her documentaries.
“People would sometimes, when I give speeches, stand up and say, ‘You know, I think your black-America documentaries [are] divisive. I think … we shouldn’t think of ourselves as African American. We’re Americans, and everybody should stop separating themselves out,’” she said.
She went on to say “it’s only white people who ever said that.”
“White people really have a luxury in that they get a range of stories, that they’re not defined by five stories,” she explained. “So I think that the difference with ‘Black in America’ was the filter did matter. That there are only going to be five stories and we want to know exactly who you are and what your credentials are to be telling our story.”
“I was like, again, ‘OK, white person, this is a conversation you clearly are uncomfortable with, and I have no problem seeing race, and I think we should talk about race.”