WATCH: Late Night Host Larry Wilmore Has Pie with Peaceful Baltimore Gang Members
The Nightly Show host Larry Wilmore traveled to a Baltimore diner for Thursday night's show to have some pie with Baltimore gang members who have been playing the unexpected role of keeping the peace in their city this week. (For those unfamiliar with Wilmore, he's the Daily Show alum, who took over the 11:30 slot when Colbert departed.)
His comment after the meet-up.
“Whoa. You know the cops are running wild when gang leaders start sounding like Noam Chomsky by comparison,” Larry Wilmore quipped on Thursday’s airing of the Nightly Show.
The situation is fairly extraordinary, with Crips and Bloods declaring that they have called a truce and joined forces to help the community on a grassroots level. When Wilmore asked if it was a "truce" or "treaty," because a "treaty" would have to be ratified by Congress, and John Boehner is "kind of an asshole," one young man replied:
“We didn’t have a truce or a treaty. We just had men respecting each other as men. Just like that.” They also said their truce is permanent. Let's hope.
Among their efforts, gang members have locked arms to protect local businesses from looting and rioting. But that has not protected the unlikely peace-makers from the police. "I got hit with a concussion grenade," one said.
Wilmore ended the interview by asking if the gang members have any message for America. They agreed they'd been impressed by “all the positive people coming together” following the police killing of Freddie Gray.
They ended on a positive note, encouraging people to stay hopeful, stay peaceful and be persistent in their pursuit of justice.
The segment is both funny and incredible. Watch:
h/t: Raw Story