Friday, August 9, 2019
Is Steve Harvey Racist?
Is Steve Harvey Racist?
Steve Harvey is an African American comedian, author, producer, and game show host. He is very smart, very talented, and very funny.
I do not think for a minute that Steve Harvey is a racist. It is my observation that he almost always treats everyone the same. He will poke fun at many different cultures and races including African Americans.
What is up, then, with this posts title?
Here is the thing. Steve hosts a game show, “Family Feud.” It is a funny show, mostly because he is so good as a host of the show.
The show pits two families against each other in a game that tries to match the audience’s answers to various questions.
Virtually every show pits a white family against a black family. Steve never shows any favoritism to the black family, or animus to the white family…like I said, he is not a racist.
Whenever a family loses, Steve makes it a point to be gracious with the losers and always says something like,
“Great family, I enjoyed y’all.”
However, when a black family loses, he often, maybe 75 percent of the time, adds,
“I’m proud of y’all.”
Why is he proud of the black family, and not the white family? Why is he proud of any family, he had nothing to do with their success as a family?
Is he proud of the black families because he is black and they are a credit to their race? Is that a backhanded racist comment? If a white host was “Proud of” only the black families would that be looked at through a magnifying glass?
“What does he mean? Why is he proud of any family?”
I do not think for a minute that Steve Harvey is racist, I do think it interesting that he is often “proud of” the black family, and never the white family. When he is “proud of” the black family, his pride could represent subliminal “racism,” as if he has a different expectation of African American families.
Both families are always very nice people. They are generally professionals, teachers, lawyers, or college students. To be proud, as a black man of a successful black family, could represents racial thinking.
Is Steve Harvey a racist? Absolutely not, he is far from being a racist. His “Pride” is just an example of how racist comments can be gleaned from any speech, if someone wants to find racism.
These days it is often easy to find racism where racism does not exist, and to be offended when no offense was ever intended.
What a world!