On his HBO show this past Friday, Bill Maher called President Barack Obama’s speech on Trayvon Martin and race in America an effort to show racism is alive and well, whether or not we have a black president.
“Lots of conservatives said it was race bating,” he said Friday on his show ‘Real Time With Bill Maher.’
“And it seems to be their position that unless you are marching down the street with a white hood on and burning a cross on somebody’s lawn racism is over. And I think what the president is saying is, ‘No, open your eyes, White America, it’s so not over.’”
On Friday, Obama addressed the spike in racial tension in the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal.
“There are very few African-American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me,” Obama said. “And there are very few African-American men who haven’t had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me, at least before I was a senator. There are very few African-Americans who haven’t had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had a chance to get off. That happens often.”
A number of conservative pundits have said that America can’t be racist if the president and the attorney general are both black.
Maher said Obama, "is just asking, conservatives especially, to admit there is a problem."