The R-Word

  • Aired:  08/06/13
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Jessica Williams and Samantha Bee convene two panels to discuss the state of race relations in America. (4:15)

WELCOME BACK.

NOW THE TRAYVON MART UP CASE

SHOWS THAT RACE REMAINS A

DIFFICULT SUBJECT.

REALLY?

WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL?

SAM BEE AND JESSICA WILLIAMS

FILED THIS REPORT.

>> THE PRESIDENT HAS CALLED UPON

AMERICANS TO HAVE A FRANK AND

OPEN DISCUSSION ON RACE.

>> THERE HAS BEEN TALK ABOUT,

SHOULD WE CONVENE A CONVERSATION

ON RACE?

>> THERE'S JUST ONE PROBLEM.

IS COUNTRY IS AFRAID TO

TALK ABOUT RACE.

>> IT IS STILL VERY DIFFICULT TO

TALK ABOUT RACE.

>> PEOPLE ARE PETRIFIED TO TALK

ABOUT RACE.

>> ACCORDING TO PEOPLE ON TV, IT

IS TERRIFYING TO TALK ABOUT

RACE.

SO SAM AND I CONVENED TWO

PANELS, ONE FROM THE BLACK

COMMUNITY AND ONE FROM THE WHITE

COMMUNITY TO SHOW THAT IT'S

REALLY NOT THAT DIFFICULT AT

ALL.

>> OH, I'M SORRY.

I'M IN THE WRONG PANEL.

NO?

OH, GOOD.

SEE HOW EASY.

>> THE PRESIDENT SAYS THAT HE

WANTS US TO TALK ABOUT RACE.

SO LET'S TALK ABOUT RACE.

YOU GO FIRST.

>> IT WOULD BE GREAT IF YOU

STARTED OFF.

>> I DON'T THINK IT WOULD BE

GREAT AT ALL.

>> IF YOU'RE SCARED, SAY YOU'RE

SCARED.

>> (LAUGHING NERVOUSLY) NO, I'M

NOT AT ALL.

I'M INCREDIBLY COMFORTABLE.

INCREDIBLY COMFORTABLE PLACE FOR

ME TO BE.

FORTUNATELY JESSICA'S PANEL

JUMPED RIGHT IN.

>> HOW FAR DO YOU GUYS THINK WE

ARE AS A SOCIETY FROM

ELIMINATING RACISM ON A SCALE OF

0% TO 100%.

>> I'D SAY 50%.

WOW, 50%.

RACISM IS ALREADY HALF

NONEXISTENT.

AS LONG AS EVERYONE SEES IT THAT

WAY.

HOW FAR ARE WE TOWARD

ELIMINATING RACISM?

>> 15%.

A GOOD 50%.

7%.

HEAVENS.

THAT'S JUST FOR OBAMA.

HE GETS 7%.

>> WE HAVE A BLACK PRESIDENT.

I'LL SAY 75.

>> NEGATIVE 20.

APPARENTLY THE STATE OF RACE

RELATIONS IN THIS COUNTRY IS

SOMEWHERE BETWEEN THIS --

♪ I'VE HEARD IT SAID ♪♪

-- AND THIS.

ALL RIGHT.

LET'S TALK ABOUT RACE IN

AMERICA.

>> TALK ABOUT IT TOO MUCH.

YOU THINK RACE IS TALKED

ABOUT TOO MUCH.

>> IT IS.

THE FACT THAT WE KEEP TALKING

ABOUT THE PROBLEM EXACERBATES

THE PROBLEM.

>> PERFECT.

LET'S NOT TALK ABOUT RACE AT

ALL.

>> THE BLACK PEOPLE TALK ABOUT

RACE ALL THE TIME.

IT'S SOMETHING WE HAVE TO DEAL

WITH ALL THE TIME.

>> WHITE PRIVILEGE AFFECTS EVERY

ASPECT OF YOUR LIFE.

>> MY WHITE PRIVILEGE?

IT'S PART OF YOUR IDENTITY.

IT'S AT THE INTERSECTION OF A

LOT OF DIFFERENT THINGS.

>> PART OF THE PRIVILEGE OF

BEING WHITE IS YOU DON'T HAVE TO

FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE JUST EXISTING

AND THINKING A POLICE OFFICER IS

GOING TO PROFILE YOU FOR WHAT

YOU LOOK LIKE.

>> HOT IN HERE.

THIS IS NOT NECESSARILY JUST

A BLACK ISSUE.

>> YOU SEE LATINOS AND ARABS

BEING PERSECUTED BECAUSE OF THE

COLOR OF THEIR SKIN.

>> IF THE NAME WAS RASAWN

WILLIAMS THEY WOULD LOCK THIS.

..

>> THIS IS CALLED... A CONDITION

THAT CAUSES ME TO SWEAT WHEN I

THINK THINGS ARE GOING GREAT.

>> IT IS A TINY BIT HARD TO HAVE

THIS CONVERSATION.

>> WHY BRING IT UP IF IF IT'S

NOT A PROBLEM WITH YOU?

>> HAS RACE AFFECTED YOUR

ABILITY TO GET JOBS.

>> I'VE NEVER BEEN INTERVIEWED

BY A BLACK PERSON.

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME.

MAYBE BLACK PEOPLE JUST AREN'T

INTERESTED IN MY JOB.

THEY SHOULD BE BECAUSE I WORK IN

FASHION.

>> OH, MID GOD.

SO MAYBE NOT EVERYONE IS

SENSITIVE TO RACE ISSUES BUT AT

LEAST WE'RE ALL EQUAL IN THE

EYES OF THE LAW.

>> IN NEW YORK, THERE IS A

POLICY CALLED STOP-AND-FRISK.

YOU'RE STOPPED AND SEARCHED.

THIS HAPPENS EVERY DAY.

>> HAVE YOU BEEN STOPPED?

DEFINITELY.

HAVE YOU BEEN STOPPED?

SND.

YEP.

HAVE YOU BEEN STOPPED?

NO.

A RANDOM STAMP OF FIVE BLACK

PEOPLE, FOUR OF YOU HAVE BEEN

STOPPED AND FRISKED.

BUT NOT YOU.

>> RIGHT.

BUT I JUST MOVED HERE.

>> HAVE YOU EVER BEEN STOPPED

AND FRISKED?

>> NO.

YES.

SO YOU HAVE BEEN STOPPED AND

FRISKED.

>> AT THE AIRPORT.

SEE, IT'S NOT THAT THE

CONVERSATION IS IS SO DIFFICULT.

IT'S JUST THAT IT'S GOING TO

TAKE A VERY, VERY LONG TIME.

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