This is not just a race, but a war, according to Vice News reporter and writer Ryan Saavedra.
Saavedra reports that when he started covering the opioid crisis in 2015, he wrote that the race was “a war between the black and the white,” and he saw a white man’s claim that he had “earned” the right to “play the race card” as “an easy way to make white people feel bad.”
He then said that when a black man called him a racist, he responded, “I’ve been in this industry for 20 years, and I have never heard anyone say, ‘You’re a racist,'” adding, “You know what?
That’s the problem with the racial issue, that it’s not about race.
That’s not how we talk about it.
It’s about who can afford it.”
But that didn’t stop Saaveds white male colleague, Alex Jones, from making the case that the black community was “on the brink of collapse” because “they’ve been taught for a long time that their lives are disposable.”
And when he asked Saavedras why he believed the black race was in crisis, Saavedr wrote, “It is not about the black population, it is about the white population.”
This is the third time Saavedre has covered this issue, and it’s the second time he’s gone so far as to blame white people.
In 2015, the Huffington Post reported that he was “stunned” by a photo of a white person with a Confederate flag hanging over his head.
(The photo was originally taken by a white woman in the United Kingdom, who later admitted to shooting the flag and posting it on Facebook.)
And in 2014, Saaveso wrote, while speaking at a town hall, that a photo was “so racist” that he felt “no pity” for black people because “there are a lot of people in this country that don’t know about our history.”
(The caption read, “We can never know if we are truly racist.”)
This week, Saavedra said that he’s now taking the issue to Twitter, where he posted a picture of a black woman in a wheelchair, with the caption, “Just in case you thought I was racist, I’m taking this on.”
He also posted a photo from the 2015 Vice News coverage, where Saavedrian stated that “we’re not the problem.”
“This is an opportunity for us to be able to bring our history back into the public discourse,” Saavedran wrote.
“We’ve been talking about this for a very long time, and to have this conversation in front of the world, to have a white community speaking about it, to be talking about it with the world is really an opportunity.
It is not the end of the discussion.”