During a recent interview on CNN’s “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?”, actor Bryan Cranston suggested that former President Trump’s 2016 campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again,” could be considered a racist expression. Cranston asked how the slogan could not be seen as racist, given the history of African Americans in America.
“The ‘Make America Great Again’ – my comment is: Do you accept that that could possibly be construed as a racist remark? And most people, a lot of people go, ‘How could that be racist? Make America Great Again?’ I said, ‘So just ask yourself from, from an African American experience, when was it ever great in America for the African American? When was it great?’ If you’re making it great again, it’s not including them.”
The Breaking Bad star believes that critical race theory, which analyzes how racism has impacted institutions and policy, should be taught in schools to help Americans understand their history and the mistakes made in the past. He hopes that critical race theory can help people see past their privilege and recognize blind spots that they may have.
Cranston also praised Germany’s approach to addressing its involvement in World War I and II and believes that the United States should follow suit.
“I think it’s imperative that it’s taught, We must look at our history, much the same I think that Germany has looked at their history, and involvement in WWI and WWII and embrace it and say, ‘This is where we went wrong. This is how it went wrong. This is why it can’t go wrong again.'”