BSG’s Admiral William Adama at the United Nations

Accompanied by Mary McDonnell (President Laura Roslin), BSG’s actor and director Edward James Olmos (Admiral William Adama) gives an enlightening speech about the concept of “race” to a group of students at the United Nations. Enjoy!

So say we all!

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20 Responses to BSG’s Admiral William Adama at the United Nations

  1. I totally agree that there is but one race on this planet. I just wish that minorities would stop playing the race cards and singling themselves out from everyone else. White people are a part of the Human race as well. I would like to have heard Whoopie’s objection because she is always quick to play that hand (the ‘race card’ royal flush). And I don’t like how Edward said that Caucasians made up the word to wipe out other cultures. I disagree. Similar terms have been around forever. The Egyptians had many terms to reference the Jews for example. And not all racial atrocities were committed by Caucasians. It was Native Africans that sold slaves, their own people, to the other ‘races’ of the world.

  2. I totally agree that there is but one race on this planet. I just wish that minorities would stop playing the race cards and singling themselves out from everyone else. White people are a part of the Human race as well. I would like to have heard Whoopie's objection because she is always quick to play that hand (the 'race card' royal flush). And I don't like how Edward said that Caucasians made up the word to wipe out other cultures. I disagree. Similar terms have been around forever. The Egyptians had many terms to reference the Jews for example. And not all racial atrocities were committed by Caucasians. It was Native Africans that sold slaves, their own people, to the other 'races' of the world.

  3. I totally agree that there is but one race on this planet. I just wish that minorities would stop playing the race cards and singling themselves out from everyone else. White people are a part of the Human race as well. I would like to have heard Whoopie’s objection because she is always quick to play that hand (the ‘race card’ royal flush). And I don’t like how Edward said that Caucasians made up the word to wipe out other cultures. I disagree. Similar terms have been around forever. The Egyptians had many terms to reference the Jews for example. And not all racial atrocities were committed by Caucasians. It was Native Africans that sold slaves, their own people, to the other ‘races’ of the world.

    • Right. I agree with you… That's also why I don't like Whoopi Goldberg when she does that…
      Play the race card, I mean. That's too easy, and accessible an excuse… I had several school teachers who were like that. They yelled blue murder when they heard the terms "Bohunk", or "Polock" used to decry Ukrainians, or Poles, but they themselves had no problems with calling coloured people like Canadian Aboriginals and Metis names like Prairie Nigger or Halfbreed…
      Not that I'm a fan of those peoples, I'm not, but that's the kind of hypocrisy I think she's into…

  4. He's very good at talking in circles, he repeated himself a number of times and didn't really make much of a point. You gotta love when actors get all self righteous.

    The comment about computer games is all fair and well but he has to remember that they are primarily for RECREATION.

    Still love BSG though ;-p

  5. He’s very good at talking in circles, he repeated himself a number of times and didn’t really make much of a point. You gotta love when actors get all self righteous.

    The comment about computer games is all fair and well but he has to remember that they are primarily for RECREATION.

    Still love BSG though ;-p

  6. I was there, when this event happened last year… and it was the most awesome experience in my life.. So say we all.

  7. I was there, when this event happened last year… and it was the most awesome experience in my life.. So say we all.

  8. Cognitive Dissonance. His words deny the concept of race, but his speech patterns reflect his genetics. He's a professional actor. He'd be more effective if he switched to a "middle-America white" accent, like every newscaster in America. Or a British, or Australian accent, maybe. Or, any speech pattern different from one that sounds like an American who wants us to remember he has Latin roots.

    "Culture" is the place we put ourselves. "Race" is a place, a culture, that others put us in. It is up to us to decide if they match or if they don't.

  9. Cognitive Dissonance. His words deny the concept of race, but his speech patterns reflect his genetics. He’s a professional actor. He’d be more effective if he switched to a “middle-America white” accent, like every newscaster in America. Or a British, or Australian accent, maybe. Or, any speech pattern different from one that sounds like an American who wants us to remember he has Latin roots.

    “Culture” is the place we put ourselves. “Race” is a place, a culture, that others put us in. It is up to us to decide if they match or if they don’t.

  10. I don't like this video. I don't the speakers, and I don't like the subject.
    "Race" should be consigned to the history books under the heading, "How we give ourselves shit for "BEING, PERIOD.", every day.".
    That would get to me more than the garbage this guy just finished saying…
    Oh, yeah… A hearty FUCK YOU to anybody who replies with that in mind, and quotation in advance.