Football legend Herschel Walker says colleges and businesses should stop asking individuals to disclose their race on applications, adding that it could lead to some changes in the area of race relations in the U.S.
“The best thing somebody can do, let’s remove, when you’re filling out an employee card, let’s remove that race thing, whether you’re black or white,” Walker said during a virtual discussion organized by Delaware’s Wilmington Public Library. “Let’s remove all this about black, white, green; that can only be for the census. But when you’re filling out a job application, when you’re filling out going to college, when you’re filling out whatever, let’s remove all about the race so you go in with the same thing as everyone else …
“And then when you get in there, you may be a Martian, but if you’re qualified, then you get that job. I say that may make some changes. Let’s be responsible for what we’re doing.”
Walker, a potential candidate for U.S. Senate in Georgia in 2022, also said he would oppose a bill in Congress that would set up a federal commission to study providing reparations to African-Americans for slavery.
“I’m not that smart, but you want to do a study to find out if we should do it?” Walker said. “Well, what we should do, and we have said it many times, is to have school choice. What we should do is give better jobs,” he added.
Walker, who delivered a speech at the 2020 Republican National Convention, revealed that former President Donald Trump did not personally ask him to participate.
“He didn’t know I was doing it,” he recalled. “I called his campaign people. I called them and said, ‘Guys, I want to speak for Donald.’ They didn’t even know that that I knew Donald that long.”
Walker said Trump did more as president for minority communities than many people realize.
“I know for a fact, the things he’s done in the African-American communities that people don’t want to give him credit for,” said. “And I say, ‘Guys, I don’t know whether he was trying to get atonement or whatever people say he did in the past, I don’t know. But I do know that happened. That’s why I said that I’m going to support him because, I tell people this, because I know in office where he’s at, where he was at at the time, he’s the best man we have in office for the people of color. He was the best one in office for that.”