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A C-SPAN Caller Asked Heather McGhee How to Stop Being Prejudiced

Washington Post

A white man from North Carolina called into C-SPAN’s Washington Journal on Sunday seeking advice from the show’s African American guest.

He told her he feared black people and wondered how he might change that.

Heather McGhee, the president of Demos, a progressive public policy organization that advocates for equality, was visibly moved as she absorbed the caller’s question. In a video that’s now been viewed more than 1 million times on Demos’s Facebook page, McGhee is seen nodding her head slowly up and down as the man spoke. [...]

Because C-SPAN callers are often anonymous, we don’t know what the man thought of McGhee’s answer or whether he will follow through on any of her advice. But we did reach McGhee to ask her, among other things, what she was thinking during the caller’s remarks and why it was such an important moment.