Gavin Newsom recently appeared on comedian Adam Carolla’s podcast hoping to simply promote his new book, "Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government." Unfortunately for him, Carolla wasn’t interested in the 45-year-old Calif. Lieutenant governor’s general musings on life. He wanted a more salacious sound bite.
The pair’s tense exchange began when Newsom tried to make the case that “half of African Americans in the state of California, and roughly half of Latino families, have no access to a checking account or an ATM."
"What's wrong with them?" asked Carolla. "I want to know why those two groups don't have access. Are they flawed?"
Newsom tried to bob and weave away from the obvious bait, but it was to no avail. "I don't want to have a sociological debate," he said.
"I want to know why [Blacks and Latinos] are struggling," Carolla continued. "Do Asians have this problem? Why do so many [Blacks and Latinos]? Blacks have been here longer than we have. What about Asians? They were put in internment camps. Are they at the check cashing places?"
Things escalated quickly from there.
"Why are [these problems] concentrated in the African American community?" Newsom responded. "Look at the history. It's naïve to suggest that those things don't matter."
"How about the Jews?" asked Carolla. "No problems in the past? Whose had it worse? Why are the Jews doing well? [...] Why do some groups do so much better? I'll tell you why: They have a family who puts an emphasis on education.
"The family is the number one problem in the Black community. […] It's simple. Fathers, stay at home, raise your family, do your homework with your kids, put an emphasis on education like the Jews, like the Asians, and let's see what happens to the problem in 20 years."
"I think it's a much more complex issue," said Newsom.
Check out the entire clip in the video below.
And here is the full show.