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Ten days since the six female jurors rendered a "not guilty" verdict in the highly divisive George Zimmerman trial, the topic of race remains as polarizing as any in America.
With a live studio audience hanging on every word, this evening guest host Donny Deutsch asked a very provocative question: "Am I racist?"
Filling in for Piers Morgan, the television personality and "Today" show contributor had begun his inquiry by admitting that if he were to see a young, African-American male in a hoodie walking down his street, he would pause. Deutsch noted that such an occurrence would be out of context, hence his hesitation. But, he asked Star Jones, does that make him a racist:
"You would not be showing racism by just thinking it, but what you would be showing is implicit bias," explained the lawyer, and former "The View" co-host. "This is what this conversation has generated. Implicit bias is that when, because of what you've been programmed to think, when you see a young African-American man in a hoodie, or in some jeans, you immediately start to think this silly statistic that there are more Black men in jail than there are in college, when that's absolutely not true."
Seated beside Jones, "HuffPost Live" host Marc Lamont Hill spoke to Deutsch's initial question:
"I don't think you're racist, however, I think that assumption would be racist..you have to come to terms with the fact that the assumption is racist. So many White folk and Black folk – there's plenty of Black folk that see a Black person in a hoodie and have the same kind of pause," he explained. "I teach at Columbia University, all my kids walk through the campus with hoodies on. Winter time, White folk wear them with shorts and hoodies. Ain't none of them robbing nobody."
Joining via satellite, Ben Crump offered analysis on a larger scale, suggesting that blaming racism on clothing trends is short-sighted and small-minded:
"I think we try to use the hoodies as this metaphor," said the attorney for Trayvon Martin's family. "Thirty-five years ago, there were not hoodies, and they were still profiling African-American men. So we have to be real about it."
Watch the clip for more of Deutch's panel discussion on race in America with Crump, Jones, and Lamont Hill, and for the next edition of "Piers Morgan Live," watch CNN every night at 9.
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