Megyn Kelly deserves the thanks for comedian and activist D.L. Hughley’s latest book. It’s the “benign racism” of white people that further fuels the cycle of police violence against Black bodies, the comedian argued on CNN this week.
Hughley stopped by the network Saturday to promote his newest book, “How Not to Get Shot: And Other Advice From White People,” and used a clip from former Fox News host Megyn Kelly to explain why subtle racism exhibited by people like her allows cops to get away with shooting Black people.
In the video, Kelly refused to give the presumption of innocence to police shooting victim Philando Castile, 32, who was gunned down by a Minnesota officer during a traffic stop in 2016. She argued that the public “did not have all the facts” to make an assumption and suggested Castile may have threatened the officer.
“That conversation angered me so much,” Hughley told host Michael Smerconish. “And rather than being angry and getting frustrated, I put it into action. I wanted to write a book that was satirical and had factual data.”
” … That mindset that Megyn Kelly expressed is why these things keep happening,” he continued. It’s that benign racism where you can go, no matter what we see, we’re going to ascribe it to –. We’ll blame 12-year-old boys in Cleveland for having toy guns and being shot down. It’s that mindset that allows these things to happen.”
The comedian said his goal was to present white people with his perspective in a way “that they’re less threatened by it.”
With that mindset, “We are saying we’d rather have policemen who decide that you not complying with them is a death sentence,” Hughley said. “I don’t think ultimately that’s what we would like in a society.”
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