A Conversation on Race

  • Aired:  07/24/13
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Larry Wilmore argues that it's difficult to have a conversation on race when many whites see America as color blind, and the majority of blacks see white people as crazy. (4:12)

>> WELCOME BACK.

IN THE WAKE OF THE GEORGE

ZIMMERMAN VERDICT, THERE HAVE

BEEN A LOT OF REACTIONS.

LAST WEEK ONE OF THEM GAINED

MORE TRACTION THAN THE OTHERS.

>> TRAYVON MARTIN COULD HAVE

BEEN ME.

35 YEARS AGO.

YOU KNOW, THERE HAS BEEN TALK

ABOUT SHOULD WE CONVENE A

CONVERSATION ON RACE?

I HAVEN'T SEEN THAT BE

PARTICULARLY PRODUCTIVE.

WHEN POLITICIANS TRY TO ORGANIZE

CONVERSATIONS.

ON THE OTHER HAND, FAMILIES AND

CHURCHES AND WORKPLACES, THERE'S

THE POSSIBILITY THAT PEOPLE ARE

A LITTLE BIT MORE HONEST.

>> John: THERE'S ALSO THE

POSSIBILITY THAT BRITAIN WILL

SINK, EVERYONE WILL DIE AND I

WILL BE THE NEXT BOY-KING.

BUT, OKAY, IF IT'S A

CONVERSATION ABOUT RACE YOU

WANT, IT'S A CONVERSATION ABOUT

RACE YOU'LL HAVE.

WE HAVE SENIOR BLACK

CORRESPONDENT LARRY WILMORE WITH

IT.

LARRY.

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

>> LET'S DO IT.

LET'S DO IT.

LET'S HAVE A CONVERSATION ABOUT

RACE.

>> [BLEEP] YOU, OLIVER.

John: LARRY, WHOA.

I'M SORRY.

I THOUGHT YOU INVITED ME TO HAVE

A CONVERSATION ABOUT RACE.

>> John: THAT'S HOW YOU HAVE A

CONVERSATION ABOUT RACE, IS IT?

>> THAT'S HOW EVERYONE HAS A

CONVERSATION ABOUT RACE.

HAVEN'T YOU BEEN LISTENING SINCE

THE PRESIDENT'S SPEECH?

>> AMERICA'S FIRST BLACK

PRESIDENT COMING OUT THIS PUBLIC

AND BASICALLY CALLING AMERICA

RACIST.

>> YOU KNOW HOW YOU FELT ON

9/11, THAT'S HOW WE FEEL WHEN IT

COMES TO RACE.

>> SO-CALLED BLACK LEADERS ARE

RUNNING UNDER A CLOAK OF

VICTIMHOOD.

>> THESE FOLKS WILL BE ANGRY

ABOUT ONE THUG GETTING KILLED.

>> PRESIDENT OBAMA IS A GLOBAL

GEORGE ZIMMERMAN.

>> WHITE PEOPLE DON'T FORCE

BLACK PEOPLE TO HAVE BABIES OUT

OF WEDLOCK.

>> John: TRUE.

UST LIKE NO ONE IS FORCING

BILL O'REILLY TO BE SUCH AS

[BLEEP].

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

>> John: THAT'S TECHNICALLY

TRUE.

>> MY POINT, JOHN, WE CAN HAVE A

CONVERSATION WHEN WE'RE NOT EVEN

ON THE SAME PAGE.

OR EVEN IN THE SAME BOOK.

>> John: TRUE OR EVEN IN THE

SAME LIBRARY.

>> YOU'RE NOT IN THE LIBRARY.

MAYBE THAT'S HOW THEY DO IT IN

THE WHITE LIBRARY.

>> John: REALLY, LARRY, YOU

THINK THE WHITE LIBRARIES WILL

BE NOISIER THAN THE BLACK

LIBRARIES?

>> YOU'RE RIGHT, JOHN.

I STAND CORRECTED.

YOU'RE RIGHT.

WE TALK A LOT, YEAH.

LOOK, THE POINT IS, WHITE AND

BLACK PEOPLE VIEW THE RACIAL

PROBLEM IN TOTALLY DIFFERENT

WAYS.

SO LET'S HAVE THE CONVERSATION

BUT START WITH LOOKING AT SOME

NUMBERS.

>> John: THAT'S A GOOD IDEA.

BECAUSE WORDS ARE DANGEROUS

WHEREAS NUMBERS, OF COURSE,

AREN'T RACIST.

>> WELL, POLL NUMBERS MIGHT NOT

BE RACIST.

FRACTIONS ARE.

>> John: WHAT DO YOU MEAN?

WHAT DO YOU MEAN?

( APPLAUSE )

>> THREE-FIFTHS, JOHN.

John: THAT IS A PRETTY

[BLEEP] RACIST FRACTION RIGHT

THERE.

>> ACCORDING TO AN NBC WALL

STREET JOURNAL POLL, A MAJORITY

OF WHITES SEE AMERICA AS COLOR

BLIND WHEREAS THE MAJORITY OF

BLACKS SEE WHITE PEOPLE AS

CRAZY.

>> John: HOW CAN THAT

DISCREPANCY BE THERE?

>> BECAUSE WHITE PEOPLE TEND TO

LOOK AT RACE RELATIONS THROUGH

ROSE-COLORED GLASSES AND BLACK

PEOPLE RESENT THE USE OF THE

WORD "COLORED" IN THAT LAST

SENTENCE

>> John: NO WONDER WE SEE THE

ZIMMERMAN VERDICT DIFFERENTLY.

>> AGAIN IT COMES BACK TO

NUMBER.

WHITE PEOPLE SEE THIS AS ONE

TRIAL.

BLACK PEOPLE SEE IT AS YET

ANOTHER ONE.

>> John: RIGHT.

AND THAT'S WHY HALF THE COUNTRY

THINKS THIS VERDICT WAS ABOUT

RACE AND HALF THINKS IT NOTHING

TO DO WITH IT.

>> I DON'T THINK IT'S ABOUT

RACE.

>> John: WAIT.

HOLD ON.

WHICH HALF ARE YOU IN.

>> THE THIRD HALF.

JOHN, THE REAL OUTRAGE OF THE

TRAYVON MARTIN CASE IS THAT AN

ADULT SHOT AND KILLED A CHILD

AND THERE WERE NO CONSEQUENCES.

LOOK WE DON'T KNOW FOR SURE WHAT

MADE GEORGE ZIMMERMAN SHOOT AN

UNARMED TEENAGER, MAYBE IT WAS

THE LAWS IN HIS STATE OR THE

RACISM IN HIS HEAD BUT IT WAS

DEFINITELY THE GUN IN HIS HAND

>> John: WE SHOULD BE HAVING A

CONVERSATION ABOUT GUNS THEN.

>> [BLEEP] YOU, OLIVER.

SORRY.

THAT'S GENERALLY HOW THESE

CONVERSATIONS START

>> John: THANK YOU, LARRY.

LARRY WILMORE, EVERYONE.

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