OK, the video I’m including below is not new. One of the disadvantages of using a TiVo is stuff you think is current, is not. Still, it’s funny as all get-out just the same. As a black man, I must confess to more than one instance of hearing about some criminal on the nightly news and saying “oh please, don’t let it be a brotha”. Sure enough, the star of the perp walk would be an African-American. To watch the nightly news (especially the local news) you’d think all crime was committed by black folk (unless you were in Iowa where there are no black folk).
So, I was greatly amused by “The Daily Show” “senior black correspondent”, Larry Wilmore pointing out something that I’ve observed myself lately. Namely that some of the most hated criminals in the world right now happen to be white. Now, when the news promo names the latest criminal about to make the perp walk, are white folk saying “please don’t let them be white”?
As Wilmore points out, the symbolism sure has changed in the past few months. The airwaves are suddenly full of articulate black men opining on the news of the day (Harold Ford, Jr., Clarence Page, and Jonathan Capehart to name a few). A black man in a suit suddenly reminds us of the President of the United States. In the meantime, a white guy in a suit may very well be the dude who trashed your 401K.
As usual, “The Daily Show” hits another one out of the park with the knowledge that much truth is said in jest.