What Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Would Have Wanted

  • Aired:  01/21/13
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Larry Wilmore was so angry about having to work on Martin Luther King Day that he didn't realize he was also missing the second inauguration of the first black president. (5:43)

WELCOME BACK.

NOT ONLY WAS TODAY BARACK OBAMA'S INAUGURATION, IT WAS ALSO MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY.

FOR HIS THOUGHTS ON THIS HISTORIC OCCASION WE'RE JOINED BY SENIOR BLACK CORRESPONDENT

MORGAN FREEMAN.

>> THANKS, JIM.

THAT'S OKAY.

SORRY.

>> Jon: I GOT IT.

WAIT.

THE PRESIDENT WAS INRAWING ATED TODAY

>> Jon: YES, THAT'S RIGHT I GUESS I WAS SO BUSY BEING ANGRY ABOUT HAVING TO WORK ON

MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY, I DIDN'T REALIZE I WAS ALSO MISSING THE SECOND INAUGURATION OF THE FIRST

BLACK PRESIDENT WHICH NOW MAKES ME EVEN MORE ANGRY.

THANKS, JON.

>> Jon: SORRY.

IT'S OKAY, JON.

LOOK, AS LONG AS WE'RE CELEBRATING DR. KING'S BIRTHDAY, I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE ONE REQUEST.

CAN WE AS A NATION PLEASE, PLEASE STOP USING MARTIN LUTHER KING AS A PROP IN OUR OWN PETTY

POLITICAL ARGUMENTS

>> Jon: YOU MEAN ABOUT RACE?

NO, JON.

ABOUT EVERYTHING.

LISTEN TO WHAT THE CHAIRMAN OF NATIONAL GUN APPRECIATION DAY SAID LAST WEEK

>> I BELIEVE GUN APPRECIATION DAY HONORS THE LEGACY OF DR. KING.

I THINK HE WOULD AGREE WITH ME IF HE WERE ALIVE TODAY.

>> LET ME STOP YOU RIGHT THERE.

HE IS NOT ALIVE TODAY.

NOW WHAT WAS IT THAT KILLED HIM?

I DON'T KNOW, JON.

WAS IT DIABETES?

>> Jon: I DON'T THINK SO SANDWICH CHOKE MAYBE?

MAULED BY LIONS ON THE PORCH OF A MEMPHIS HOTEL?

I DON'T KNOW.

>> Jon: I DON'T THINK THAT WAS IT

>> YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT DR. KING.

>> HE WOULD AGREE WITH ME IF HE WERE ALIVE TODAY.

THAT IF AFRICAN-AMERICANS HAD BEEN GIVEN THE RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS FROM DAY ONE OF THE

COUNTRY'S FOUNDING, PERHAPS SLAVERY MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN A CHAPTER IN OUR HISTORY.

>> SLAVERY WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN A CHAPTER.

IT WOULD HAVE BEEN OPPRESSIVE.

FOLLOWED BY THE CHAPTER ENTITLED ALL THE BLACK PEOPLE ARE DEAD.

NOW WHO IS GOING TO BUILD THE COUNTRY?

>> Jon: YOU BELIEVE MARTIN LUTHER KING WOULD HAVE FAVORED GUN CONTROL

>> ABSOLUTELY YES Jon: WHY WOULD YOU SAY THAT?

ON SECOND THOUGHT, NO, HE WOULDN'T SNOP OKAY.

WHY WOULD YOU SAY THAT?

>> WAIT, WAIT.

YEAH, HE WOULD.

I'M JUST [BLEEP] WITH YOU, JON.

I HAVE NO IDEA.

HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO KNOW?

DR. KING IS DEAD.

OKAY.

YOU DON'T GET TO USE HIM AS YOUR IMAGINARY BLACK YES MAN.

>> Jon: I GUESS IT'S BECAUSE MARTIN LUTHER KING IS HELD UP AS A SYMBOL OF AN UNASALABLE GOOD

SO PEOPLE TRY TO MAKE HIM...

>> JON, I UNDERSTAND.

THAT DOESN'T MEAN YOU CAN USE HIM TO ENDORSE EVERYTHING YOU HAPPEN TO LIKE.

YOU DON'T LIKE PORN?

YOU KNOW WHO LOVES.

PORN?

MARTIN LUTHER KING

>> Jon: I REMEMBER HIS LETTERS TO PENT HOUSE FROM THE BIRMINGHAM JAIL.

ARE PEOPLE BEING REALLY THAT SPECIFIC WITH KING'S LIKES AND DISLIKES?

>> YES, JON.

THIS ARIZONA CONGRESSMAN THINKS HE KNOWS WHAT M.L.K. HATED

>> EVERY DAY, MR. SPEAKER, ALMOST 1500 UNBORN BLACK CHILDREN ARE ABORTED.

MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE EVERY CONVICTION THAT IF HE WERE ALIVE TODAY, THE REV. MARTIN LUTHER

KING WOULD NOT BE SILENT IN THE FACE OF SUCH AN OUTRAGE.

>> I THINK IT'S AN OUTRAGE THAT YOUR STATE SPENT TEN YEARS FIGHTING TO NOT OBSERVE

DR. KING'S BIRTHDAY.

OH, AND [BLEEP] YOU, ARIZONA.

>> Jon: IF I'M NOT MISTAKEN, I BELIEVE [BLEEP] YOU ARIZONA IS THE STATE MOTTO OF NEVADA.

>> I DIDN'T KNOW THAT.

VERY INTERESTING, JON.

VERY INFORMATIVE, THANK YOU, JON.

LOOK, JON, IF WE ARE TO BELIEVE THE PUNDITS, MARTIN LUTHER KING WOULD BE IN ONLY PRO-LIFE PRO

GUN TO OCCUPY WALL STREET RALLIES.

REMEMBER OCCUPY WALL STREET?

>> Jon: SORT OF.

IF MARTIN LUTHER KING WERE ALIVE TODAY HE WOULD BE HERE STANDING WITH THESE FOLKS

>> IF ONLY THOSE OCCUPY FOLKS COULD HAVE HAD A LIVING, BREATHING CIVIL LENL END THERE

WITH THEM.

OH, WAIT.

THEY DID.

JOHN LEWIS M.L.A.K.'S STILL ALIVE FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE WAS RIGHT THERE.

HMMM.

HOW DID THAT GO?

>> CONGRESSMAN AND CIVIL RIGHTS ICON JOHN LEWIS SHOWED UP BUT THEY REFUSED TO LET HIM SPEAK.

>> IN WHICH NO SINGULAR HUMAN BEING

>> IN WHICH NO SINGULAR HUMAN BEING IS INHERENTLY MORE VALUABLE THAN ANY OTHER HUMAN BEING.

>> Jon: I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY I'M SHOCKED, JON.

THEY MISSED A GREAT CHANCE TO ASK HIM WHAT MARTIN LUTHER KING WOULD THINK OF THEIR MOVEMENT.

WE CAN MAKE KING ENDORSE WHATEVER WE WANT.

HAVE YOU SEEN THE COMMERCIAL ARE HOLOGRAM M.L.K. HAS A DREAM ABOUT TELECOMMUNICATIONS BEFORE

>> BEFORE YOU CAN INSPIRE...

WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF-EVIDENT

>> ... YOU MUST FIRST CONNECT AND THE COMPANY THAT CONNECTS MORE OF THE WORLD IS A LEADER IN

COMMUNICATION NETWORK

>> I MAY NOT GET TO THE MOUNTAIN TOP OF THE WI-FI BUT I WILL BE FREE AT LAST.

>> Jon: NICELY DONE.

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