Hughley stopped by the show Wednesday to promote his newest book, “How Not to Get Shot: And Other Advice from White People” and discuss the recent series of high-profile instances of white folks calling the police on Black people for doing everyday things, like barbecuing or mowing the lawn.
“Here’s the thing,” Hughley began. “The most dangerous place for black people to live is in white people’s imagination.”
He pointed out that the Parkland school shooter was taken alive, despite having shot 17 people and injured several others. Meanwhile, 22-year-old Stephon Clark was unarmed when Sacramento officers gunned him down in his grandparents backyard in March.
“ … Honestly, you can be — you can have just shot up 17 people, and the police will arrest you,” the comedian said. “They know you have a gun, but they’ll shoot the kid they thought had one, they’ll shoot him in the back.”
His point was met with a burst of applause from the audience.
Hughley then addressed white America’s struggle with believing Black people aren’t inherently criminal and violent. He challenged the duality of a person being innocent until proven guilty but are then murdered because an officer deemed then guilty.
The comedian noted that there have been over 200 race riots in the U.S. stemming from people of color being killed by police yet never being held accountable.
“We have been murdered for reading, looking somebody in the eye, whistling at somebody, reading,” Hughley said, garnering more applause. “The murder of Black people at the hands of people of authority has always happened, and police are doing what they have always done.
The police, for us, have never been about protecting and serving — it’s about keeping you in your community where you belong and keeping you out of places you don’t,” he added.
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