Sunny Hostin speaks out about teaching kids about 'atrocity' of racism in new post: 'My pointing out racism, doesn't make me a racist'

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 05: Sunny Hostin attends The American Heart Association's Go Red for Women Red Dress Collection 2020 at Hammerstein Ballroom on February 05, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for American Heart Association )
Sunny Hostin shared a passionate post about racism on Instagram. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for American Heart Association )

Sunny Hostin’s “Saturday lesson” is about the prevalence of racism — and the importance of continuing to speak out about issues surrounding it.

Hostin, who is currently one of the hosts of the daytime talk show The View, took to Instagram on Saturday, Nov. 13 to share the post. She wrote, “A Saturday lesson — We all want racism to be a past atrocity that is abolished in institutions, policies, systems and is replaced with equity and equality. FYI – people in my TL – it won't happen by pretending it doesn't exist. Also won't happen by not talking about it and not telling your kids about it and the history of this country, warts and all.”

Hostin’s words come after much debate surrounding critical race theory — which argues that America’s institutions are systemically racist and seeks to contextualize history in such a way — being taught in schools. Republican Glenn Youngkin, who was just elected governor of Virginia, made it a part of his platform to “ban” CRT, despite the limited evidence of it being taught in schools in the first place.

The actress added that racism won’t be eradicated by “questioning my experience as a person of color and by denying that you have privilege,” as well as stressed how “my pointing out racism, doesn't make me a racist, a race hustler or a race baiter.”

Hostin recently opened up to The Cut about wanting The View to have at least one conservative voice, following the exit of Bad Republican author and the show's resident conservative Meghan McCain. Co-host Sara Haines identifies as an independent, however, Hostin said of Haines' political association, “Is she really an independent or just somebody that won’t commit? We need someone that will commit and we don’t have that voice. And we need someone that’s not duplicative of anyone else on the panel.”

In the same interview, Hostin described herself as holding space between "progressive values and conservative values," and said that while she wants people who have different opinions from the current left-leaning panelists, "it’s really important to not have someone on the panel who spreads misinformation, who adheres to the big lies, who is an anti-vaxxer."

"I think that's dangerous," she said. 

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