Daily Show takes ‘Racist Timeout’ for Trayvon Martin coverage

By David Ferguson
Thursday, April 5, 2012 8:40 EDT
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Jon Stewart and Larry Wilmore discuss Trayvon Martin
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Wednesday night’s edition of “The Daily Show” featured a discussion in which correspondent Larry Wilmore produced a home kitchen timer and declared a “Racist Timeout.”

“For the next five minutes,” he announced, “No one is a racist.”

Accusations of racism and reaction to those charges have caused the debate over the Trayvon Martin case to rapidly overheat. Wilmore’s declaration of a charges-of-racism free zone was a legitimate — but still funny — means of striking at some kind of greater truth in the argument.

The five minutes passed surprisingly quickly, leaving host Jon Stewart to quip, “But I was going to ask about corn-rows!”

“Not gangsta,” replied Wilmore.

Watch the clip, embedded via Comedy Central, below:

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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