In his ongoing explanations, Hough presents himself as the healing voice of hard candor. “I am 80 and I figure I can speak truth as I see it. Ignorant I am not.” But to others he says, “The time has come to stop talking about race relations generally” and to start talking instead about “the Asians” and “the Poles” and their model behavior in America. In other words, Hough gets to rant about race relations, and you need to shut up, get to work and, if you’re black, find a white person to marry.
From Thomas Jefferson to Strom Thurmond, however, white men’s sexual relations with black women, often coercive, has not appeared to elevate white consciousness toward African Americans at a systemic level. They still managed to hold slaves, defend segregation, and rant against “miscegenation.”