Skip to main content

Last night, Jon Stewart looked at the recent cases of racism in America, with all of them claiming they're not racists. He then talked about this with Larry Wilmore.

LARRY WILMORE: I think it comes down to their fear that black people are gaining something at their expense. And they've got some very well-thought out theories about it.
CLIVEN BUNDY (4/19/2014): I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro. ... Because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do? They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton.
(disgusted audience reaction)

LARRY WILMORE: Um, I want to tell Cliven Bundy one thing I know about the Negro. Our two choices in life aren't between picking cotton and picking up welfare checks. The President of the United States is black, so fuck you.

....

DONALD STERLING: I support them and give them food, and clothes, and cars, and houses. Who gives it to them? Does someone else give it to them?
LARRY WILMORE: Wow. I mean, that's the kind of thing you boast about from the porch of your plantation right before Django shoots you. (audience laughter)
Video and full transcript below the fold.




JON STEWART: Now before the break, we were discussing the latest in American non-racism. Now we're joined by Senior Black Correspondent Larry Wilmore. Larry Wilmore, welcome to the show! Yes!

LARRY WILMORE: Oh man, holy shit, Jon! What a week to be Senior Black Correspondent! I got on a plane to come out here to talk about Cliven Bundy; by the time I landed, Donald Sterling was blowing up! I mean, in one news cycle, we've got libertarian cowboy racist, old Jewish sports racist, and dudes bragging about their black friends through a KKK hood! (blows kiss to the air)

JON STEWART: It is a rich tapestry. I'm glad you're enjoying yourself. But Larry, why is the conversation so explosive? Why is the race conversation so fraught right now?

LARRY WILMORE: Yeah, Jon, well, minorities are mad for the obvious reasons. Stop and Frisk, unequal opportunities, voter suppression ...

JON STEWART: OK.

LARRY WILMORE: unfair sentencing laws...

JON STEWART: Good one.

LARRY WILMORE: Trayvon Martin...

JON STEWART: Right.

LARRY WILMORE: stealing our music...

JON STEWART: Sure.

LARRY WILMORE: diabetes.

JON STEWART: I got it. Non-whites are mad. But what about white people, Larry?  They seem even more angry. Yet they're not suffering from this racism.

LARRY WILMORE: Well, other than white people being crazy...

JON STEWART: Wait, what?!

LARRY WILMORE: I think it comes down to their fear that black people are gaining something at their expense. And they've got some very well-thought out theories about it.

CLIVEN BUNDY (4/19/2014): I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro. ... Because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do? They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton.
(disgusted audience reaction)

LARRY WILMORE: Um, I want to tell Cliven Bundy one thing I know about the Negro. Our two choices in life aren't between picking cotton and picking up welfare checks. The President of the United States is black, so fuck you.

(wild audience cheering and applause)

LARRY WILMORE: No, no, no, OK, if you want to talk about government subsidies, OK, I'll go there, cowboy. All right. Remember the Homestead Act, where the federal government you don't believe exists told your ancestors they could have all the land for as far as they could get in a day?

Know what they told my ancestors? How far can you get in a day? (brushes away with hand)

JON STEWART: So the pioneer self-sufficient we built it American West, basically a giant welfare program?

LARRY WILMORE: Yep, Bundy grew up in a culture of dependency. It's no wonder he turned into a thug. (audience laughter)  But I feel bad for him, Jon. I mean, at this point even Rick Perry has condemned his racism, and that guy has a ranch called Niggerhead.

JON STEWART: Wow! What about Donald Sterling, though? This man is rich, he's wealthy beyond belief. His life is fine, he's great, where's the resentment there? What's his problem?

LARRY WILMORE: Well Jon, he's got a different perspective. I mean, racists like Sterling aren't worried that minorities are going to pass them. They're looking down on them from above, and need them to stay in their place.

JON STEWART: And apparently that place does not include standing next to his girlfriend in an Instagram photo.

LARRY WILMORE: Really. Really?! Magic Johnson?? Magic Johnson isn't good enough to be seen with your mixed-race mistress?  I mean, Magic Johnson, a man so universally respected, even HIV doesn't want to bring him down! (audience laughter and applause) Magic!

JON STEWART: No, it's true, I don't get it, it's Magic Johnson! I don't get it!

LARRY WILMORE: Jon, Jon, and listen to how Sterling talks about his players.

DONALD STERLING: I support them and give them food, and clothes, and cars, and houses. Who gives it to them? Does someone else give it to them?
LARRY WILMORE: Wow. I mean, that's the kind of thing you boast about from the porch of your plantation right before Django shoots you. (audience laughter)

JON STEWART: But that's ... here's what mind ... So this virulent racist is dating a woman of color.

LARRY WILMORE: Ehhh, I don't know if dating is the right word, Jon. He's more of a sugar bigot. (audience laughter) And besides, you know, he's just carrying on a great American tradition. Look, we all respect Thomas Jefferson, but shit might have turned out differently if Sally Hemmings had Instagram.

"I told you, do not bring Kunta Kinte to my games!" (audience laughter)

JON STEWART: What filter is that? What Instagram filter?

LARRY WILMORE: '70s.

JON STEWART: Is it?

LARRY WILMORE: 1770s.

JON STEWART: 1770s, all right. Well, in your mind, what should the consequences be for Sterling?

LARRY WILMORE: OK, Jon, well I've given this a lot of thought. We have to make this right, OK? Chris Paul has to come play for the Lakers.

JON STEWART: Wait, what?! I know you're a Lakers fan, but that's your solution?

LARRY WILMORE: Yes! Yes, Jon. I'll call the NAACP!

JON STEWART: How's the ... what is the NAACP going to do?

LARRY WILMORE: The National Association for the Advancement of Chris Paul ... to the Lakers!

That's right! Chris, you need to escape! Look, wait till dark, then go to the north side of the Staples Center, OK? To the Lakers locker room.

JON STEWART: How does this fix the racism problem?

LARRY WILMORE: Jon, don't be silly! We're never going to fix racism in this country. But I'm a Lakers fan. And we can fix basketball in Southern California. (audience laughter)

JON STEWART: Thank you, Larry. Larry Wilmore, everybody. Nicely done, sir. Larry Wilmore! We'll be right back.

Meanwhile, Stephen led off with the canonization of the two former Popes, before looking at the rise in preventable diseases we had mostly eradicated as more people turn against vaccines, talking with Dr. Paul Offit.


He then covered the unhinged right-wing reaction to Obama "bowing" to that Japanese robot.

Jon talked with former New York Mets player Mookie Wilson, and Stephen talked with former ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul.

Originally posted to Electronic America: Progressives Film, music & Arts Group on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 09:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

  •  LOL (21+ / 0-)
    LARRY WILMORE: Wow.  I mean, that's the kind of thing you boast about from the porch of your plantation right before Django shoots you.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 09:03:38 AM PDT

  •  You can't abort young children. A uterus is (10+ / 0-)

    required for an abortion of a pregnancy.

    God save us from Clivestock hobby lobby medical advice.

  •  Wilmore is the best. nt (8+ / 0-)

    The dossier on my DKos activities during the Bush administration will be presented on February 3, 2014, with an appendix consisting an adjudication, dated "a long time ago", that I am Wrong.

    by Inland on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 03:27:17 PM PDT

  •  why would Bundy (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Cadillac64

    say that shit? is he mental?

    Psychological abuse is real and can actually be prevented. Being stalked by a sociopath. And I don't know what to do about it.

    by Krush on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 03:31:49 PM PDT

  •  Satire is the unkindest cut of all. And FUNNY. (7+ / 0-)

    As Mel Brooks once said, the ultimate slam on Hitler was ridiculing him as a clown.

    "The soil under the grass is dreaming of a young forest, and under the pavement the soil is dreaming of grass."--Wendell Berry

    by Wildthumb on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 03:39:53 PM PDT

  •  Thats the part that makes this so sick... (7+ / 0-)

    Magic is an all around good guy, a class act, who after basketball become a successful entrepreneur and businessman. There is nothing to dislike about him and if he was white he would be a model citizen in this creeps eyes.

    Though I don't agree with some off hand racism directed towards gang or rap culture, I can a least 'understand' it a little especially coming from someone that old.

    But there is nothing to dislike about Magic except he is black and that just makes it all the more disqusting.

    Join the DeRevolution: We are not trying to take the country, we are trying to take the country back. Get the money out of politics with public financed campaigns so 'Of the People, By the People and For the People' rings true again.

    by fToRrEeEsSt on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 04:11:04 PM PDT

    •  Hey, this is not about Magic. It's entirely about (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      tikkun, Cadillac64

      ... the very attractive and much younger woman who maybe Sterling - in his dotage - and surely the media regards as his (I shudder to use the word!) girlfriend.

      It was she who triggered his diatribe. It's all her fault! And she recorded the conversation. And made it public, right? She is the bad guy here. Er, the bad person .... Not poor old Mr. Sterling, who is such a beneficent guy that he was able to con the NAACP - of all outfits! - into thinking he was a humanitarian who deserved their accolades. So there's that in his favor.

      Plus the fact that he has had an available seat next to him at court side.

      2014 is HERE. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

      by TRPChicago on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 04:51:48 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  More Larry Wilmore please (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Cadillac64, Calamity Jean

    He kills it every time he's on.

  •  jon (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Cadillac64

    skewers them with humor its just too bad most of the ignoramuses don't get it.

  •  oh, the "n" word (0+ / 0-)

    I believe racism is a thing, and I'm not denying it.  But I cannot help but swell with resentment when someone uses a word that I am expected not to say.

    Many a white person is provoked by this, and they aren't doing themselves any favors by "our word"ing this.  I'm not being hateful here.

    I use all sorts of hateful words in my life.  Not often, or usually but I use them.  And they are not all appropriate for all folks.  Some will be offended.  But none of those folks use those words themselves, then with great indignation expect me not to say it.

    I'm referring to the "senior black correspondent" from the second jon stewart show clip.

    The expectation that certain races are privileged to do any thing while others are not falls squarely under the definition of racism.

    Otherwise I agree that both those people are bigots.

    •  IMO, your comment (0+ / 0-)
      The expectation that certain races are privileged to do any thing while others are not falls squarely under the definition of racism.
      falls squarely under the definition of racism.

      Your comment, and thus your thinking and belief, depicts a true "us" and "them" attitude.

      That is racism.

      Other than that, welcome to dKos.

      How children dance to the unlived lives of their parents. Rilke

      by ceebee7 on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 06:21:15 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  humbly, (0+ / 0-)

        I'm responding to the frame which is implicit in an act that demonstrates racial privilege.  Which is to say that using the "n" word with an expectation of social impunity assumes the frame of "us" and "them".  Further, there is a them, the people who use the "n" word but expect certain others not to.  I could just say "racism is bad" and talk about it in the abstract, however I chose to take offense not merely at the concept, which might have been more adult of me, but the people who indulge this act.

        When addressing people and not abstractions, pronouns or else a long list of individuals are the only known ways of referring to a person.  It is an artifact of language.

        In addition, I think racism actually requires a belief in racial superiority, or else a belief which is derivative.

        perhaps people who say "us" and "them" tend to be racist.  certainly people who actively lobby to socially keep the "us" as us, and the "them" them are something-ist.

        But the mere use of "us" and "them" is not racist, even if racists also use those terms.  If you think it is, I would like to know why.

        Take care

        •  Indeed... (0+ / 0-)
          Further, there is a them, the people who use the "n" word but expect certain others not to.  
          But who started it???  And who perpetuated it, and STILL perpetuates it???

          White racists, that's who.  

          Whites CAUSED the "us and them" culture, not blacks, who since the time of slavery are merely trying to survive in a white dominated, white racist culture.

          All African Americans have done -- and I salute this incredibly enlightened effort to remove the universally-accepted inhuman stigma of the word "ni**er" by adopting it for common and frequent use in conversations within their specifically restricted community -- is to commonize the word with the purpose of causing the word to lose its painful connotation and its resultant ability to cause psychic pain.

          In my view from OUTSIDE that culture, it has worked, at least to some extent.  At the very least, it has helped cause a conversation about it, which has led to a conversation about still widely-practiced racism.

          I realize that it is painful for some blacks to hear it so casually in conversation between two (or more) black human beings... but my belief is it is for therapeutic reasons.

          It is only in the last very few decades that whites have become aware of this practice, due to the internet-caused information explosion.  But I suggest you read some "black" literature.  The practice of blacks calling each other and referring to members of the African American community by using the word goes back many generations, even centuries.

          Whites are only recently aware of it, and rather than see it as a therapeutic attempt to maintain their dignity, certain self-righteous whites say "OMG, the blacks use the n-word too!"

          Wake up.

          My apologies to all members of the African American community, for as a white person I am not qualified to discuss racism and/or any of its effects, having never been subjected to racism.  That said, whites will never recognize the perpetuation of racism in America if they DO NOT discuss it.

          How children dance to the unlived lives of their parents. Rilke

          by ceebee7 on Sat May 03, 2014 at 11:06:13 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  hello (0+ / 0-)

            My argument wasn't that whites didn't start it, or that they don't still use it.  I don't hear people say it myself, but I assume some people do some of the time.  Even if I've grossly miscalculated the prevalence of the word's use by white people, that wasn't my argument.

            In the context of trying to understand a problem, history is valuable.  But I am not discussing how the "us" and "them" arrived.  I am not unwilling to discuss it, but again it was not my argument.

            using the "n" word with an expectation that white people not use it is racist.  that is my argument.  the genesis of the word does not remove the racism and hypocrisy that comes with its current use whether they be white or black.

            I don't view it as an invisible scoreboard where until whites suffer (if ever) as much as blacks then they haven't earned the right to complain.  Again, that notion is itself racist.

            I am not explicitly offended by the commonization of the term, but the implicit belief of racial privilege.

            If the word had been used for several millenia, it would still be racist to expect whites not to use it.  The etymology of the term and the length of time that the term has been used is not a factor which bears upon the concept of hypocrisy.  If they had started using the term only yesterday, I would have no reaction to it except in the case that I hear people who are offended by the term also use it.

            none of the language I use is made better or worse by the culture from which it comes or the length of time it is practiced.  by itself it is inert, but if I use it with racial exclusivity than I would consider my self to have some racist beliefs.  time is just not a factor in this argument because time does not make hypocrisy less hypocritical or more hypocritical.

            It seems like you want social equality; I do too.  But I don't think racism is good ever.  It doesn't cease to be racism just because it isn't "white" racism, and it doesn't cease to be hypocrisy either.

            And I'm not incensed.  I don't know if it comes across like I'm fuming over here.  I just think we should all abide by the same "rules" of propriety and sensitivity.  And that would not be racist.

            I would again say that the use of "us" and "them" is not inherently racist, even if it is used by racists.

            take care

  •  Video and full transcript below the fold. (0+ / 0-)

    It's the web. There is no fold!

  •  Wow, haven't visited the ... (0+ / 0-)

    ... front page in some time. Great to see this here!

    My dog likes me because I'm salty. Not salty like a pirate. Salty like a pretzel.

    by Tortmaster on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 11:46:32 PM PDT

  •  Sterling's words were quite insulting. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    raspberryberet

    He doesn't GIVE them anything.  The players EARN their salaries.  If anything, they gave him the considerable increase in the team's value since he bought it.  

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site