Conservative pundit Ben Stein on Monday said that the “black underclass” in America cannot escape “the scourge of drugs and the scourge of gangs,”
On Newsmax TV, Steve Malzberg asked Stein about a report that the mother of Michael Brown, the black teen shot and killed by a Ferguson, Mo. police officer, faces felony charges.
Stein said he hadn’t seen the report, and instead started discussing his views on race.
“You would think, if you read the liberal mainstream media, that the main problem with race in America was poor innocent black people being set upon and mistreated by the police. That’s just nonsense,” he said, according to video recorded by BuzzFeed.
“I mean, the real problem with race in America is a very, very beaten-down, pathetic, self-defeating black underclass that is — uh, just can’t seem to get its way going in the way that blacks were able to before the scourge of drugs and the scourge of gangs,” Stein continued.
He added that President Obama has failed to address this issue.
“I mean, it’s an amazing thing — blacks were on their way in this country, even after the horrors of slavery, and then drugs came in, the destruction of families came in, and the crisis in the black community is just absolutely unbelievable,” he said. “And that, it seems to me, is something that Mr. Obama could have addressed, and he just ignored it completely.”
About a week ago, Stein called Obama “most racist president there has ever been in America” in an appearance on Fox News.