A conservative black activist says leftists like Michigan Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib seem to have a get-out-of-jail card for making racist comments.
During a tour of the Detroit Police Department's Real Time Crime Center's facial recognition technology, Tlaib created a firestorm when she suggested that only black people should be hired as facial recognition analysts.
"Analysts need to be African-Americans, not people that are not," she declared. "I think non-African-Americans think African-Americans all look the same! I've seen from the House floor people calling Elijah Cummings John Lewis and John Lewis Elijah Cummings and they're totally different people."
In response, Detroit's Police Chief James Craig, a black man himself, said, "If I had made the exact same comment, they would've been calling for my resignation, and she would have been leading that charge. That's a fact."
Marie Fischer, a member of the Project 21 Black Leadership Network, agrees.
"The left seems to have a get-out-of-jail card," she says. "They're the ones that are pushing this racist narrative. They are the ones pushing that everybody's a racist agenda. And basically it's not everyone's a racist; it's anyone who disagrees with them."
So Fischer says this is not really about race.
"I have a friend; he's a political analyst. This guy is like a 6'2" black man, and he says he's been flat-out called a racist, a Nazi, just because he's a conservative," Fischer shares. "So it's not a racist agenda on any part. They just do not want to hear anybody that sounds different than they do. They just want to shut down the narrative."
Fischer says the more the left calls people racist, then more likely it is to lose its connotation.