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Karen Hunter: ‘What Does it Mean to Be White?’

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During a recent episode of The Karen Hunter Show, Karen Hunter and a guest caller discussed what it really means to be white.

The topic was enkindled by Hunter’s discovery that the origins of the popular board game “Monopoly” were racist.

“One of my favorite board games, “Monopoly” — also racist,” Hunter told her listeners. “The original monopoly game was inspired by segregated Atlantic city in the 1930s and the property.”

Hunter continued, “Didn’t know, but the monopoly game that I grew up loving based on real streets in Atlantic city in the 1930s. And the person that founded Monopoly — the woman’s was named Lizzie Magie — she patented it in 1904, but the actual board game was created by the realtor, Jesse Rayford. And he modeled the board game after his hometown. And he put the prices of the properties on the board to reflect the actual real estate hierarchy at the time.”

“So when you think about Boardwalk and Park Place, the most valued properties on the Monopoly board, well, Black people could not go on the boardwalk in 1930s in Atlantic city. Black people were not allowed on the boardwalk and forget about Park Place.”

After a brief history lesson, Hunter opened up the lines to callers. A listener called in to the show and an animated discussion around what it means to be white ensued.

The caller, who stated that white is a pigment, was quickly challenged by Hunter:

“So you are completely void of pigment? Albinos are white, so you have no color?”

Here Brian’s answer below:

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