Author Coleman Hughes put the view co-hosts in their place after they clashed with him over race issues and his new book.

Hughes, author of “The End Of Race Politics,” was on the show to discuss his new book. The book spoke about how America should end race-based policies and embrace a colorblind society

“I think, I don’t want to say it’s your youth, I think you have a point. But I think you need to take into consideration what people have lived through in order to understand why there has been such an appointing of very specific racial things,” Co-host Whoopi Goldberg said while referencing her experience growing up.

Hughes acknowledged Goldberg’s experience but noted that it was from a different generation and time.

“Sure, I think that’s your experience and that’s valid,” Hughes said. “As a counterpoint, when I was in fifth grade, we all watched ‘Roots’ together in public school. So these are different experiences. I think it’s also different generations, it’s also different parts of the country. We have very different cultures all living together in one country, so I’m not gonna deny that but I think I view this notion of a colorblind society, similar to the idea of a peaceful society, which is to say it’s an ideal, it’s a North Star, and the point is not that we’re never gonna get there, we’ll never touch it, but we have to know when we’re going forward and when we’re going backwards and we’re going backwards when we’re doing woke kindergarten in San Francisco.”

Co-host Sunny Hostin, who has compared women who vote for the GOP to cockroaches, suggested Hughes was being used by the right.

“So your argument for colorblindness, I think, is something that the right has co-opted. And so many in the black community, if I’m being honest with you, because I want to be, believe that you are being used as a pawn by the right and that you’re a charlatan of sorts,” Hostin said.

Hostin also claimed that Hughes was a conservative, a point that the author and co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin denied.

“I don’t think there’s any evidence I’ve been co-opted by anyone and I think that that’s an ad hominem tactic people use to not really address the important conversations we’re having here,” Hughes responded. “And I think it’s better and it would be better for everyone if we stuck to the topics rather than make it about me. There’s no evidence that I’ve been co-opted by anyone. I have an independent podcast, I work for CNN as an analyst, I write for the Free Press, I’m independent in all of these endeavors and no one is paying me to say what I’m saying. I’m saying it because I feel it.”