*As it stands now, race relations are very shaky among folks in this day and age. But Common has a way to for folks to heal.
According to the rapper, it all lies in black people extending a “hand in love” to white people in an effort to “forget about the past.”
“If we’ve been bullied, we’ve been beat down and we don’t want it anymore. We are not extending a fist and we are not saying, ‘You did us wrong.’ It’s more like, ‘Hey, I’m extending my hand in love,’” Common told Jon Stewart last week during an appearance on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.” “Let’s forget about the past as much as we can and let’s move from where we are now. How can we help each other? Can you try to help us because we are going to try to help ourselves, too.”
As the interview progressed, Common continued to drive his point home by pointing out how the focus of past racism shares similarities to couples resurrecting negative issues within their relationship.
“Me as a black man, I’m not sitting there like, ‘Hey, white people, y’all did us wrong.’ We know that existed,” said the Oscar winner. “I don’t even have to keep bringing that up. It’s like being in a relationship and continuing to bring up the person’s issues. Now I’m saying, ‘Hey, I love you. Let’s move past this. Come on, baby, let’s get past this.’”
Common’s views may work for him, but apparently they didn’t resonate with everyone. The Huffington Post notes that New York Times columnist and author Charles Blow weighed in on the entertainer’s comments via his personal Twitter account on Tuesday night:
“Man, I love you @common, but I just watched that Daily Show clip and you’re going to have to explain that one to me… #HelpMeUnderstand,” Blow tweeted.
To see Common’s “Daily Show” interview, check out the video below: