Larry Wilmore Goes After Victim Blamers in McKinney Pool Party Case
If there’s any guarantees about African Americans subject to police violence, it’s that there are people—a fraction of whom definitely work for Fox News—who will find a way to demonize the victim. Larry Wilmore dedicated time to the phenomenon as witnessed in the McKinney pool case, in a segment he kicked off in the voice of the conservative bandwagon: “All aboard the victim-blaming train. Woo! Woo! Next stop, ‘She Might’ve Deserved It!”
After a clip of Megan Kelly referring to the child assaulted in the clip now seen by millions as “no angel” (a moment that feels an awful lot like dÃ©jÃ vu), Wilmore turned to The Nightly Show’s Mike Yard for further discussion. His solution?
“I’ve decided to become a saint, Larry,” Yard calmly announced.
When Wilmore pointed out the measure sounded drastic, not to mention Yard isn’t Catholic, the comedian explained further: “No, but I am black. And the way things are going, it’s only a matter of time until a cop shoots me or whips my ass…By then, I’ll be the first victim of police brutality who was literally a saint.”
Asked what miracles he’d performed, Yard pshawed the question, stating, “I’ve got mad miracles. First of all, I’m a black man in my 40s and I haven’t been shot by the cops once."
The rest of the skit involves hockey, references to black Jesus (“You know black Jesus is redundant, right?”), and being able to hail a Greyhound when a cab won’t stop.
Check out the sketch, below.