Comedian D.L. Hughley delivered some hard truths on “The View” about living as a black American.
Hughley appeared Wednesday on the show to promote his new book, How Not to Get Shot: And Other Advice From White People, and discuss a recent string of viral videos showing white people calling the police on black people going about their everyday business.
“Here’s the thing,” Hughley said. “The most dangerous place for black people to live is in white people’s imagination.”
He pointed out how the Parkland gunman was taken alive, even though police knew he was armed and dangerous, because he was not black — unlike Stephon Clark, who was innocent and unarmed when police shot him seven times, including three times in the back.
“Honestly, you can be — you can have just shot up 17 people, and the police will arrest you,” Hughley said. “They know you have a gun, but they’ll shoot the kid they thought had one, they’ll shoot him in the back.”
Hughley told the co-hosts that white Americans believe black people are inherently criminals, yet they act surprised that racism persists.
“You can’t tell us you live in a country where we’re innocent until proven guilty, but okay you being murdered because he said you were guilty, the cop said were guilty,” Hughley said. “They didn’t try you.”
He said there had been more than 200 race riots in U.S. history after a person of color had been killed by police who weren’t held accountable, and he said the reasons were often ludicrous.
“We’ve been murdered for reading, looking somebody in the eye, whistling at somebody, reading,” Hughley said. “The murder of black people at the hands of people of authority has always happened, and police are doing what they have always done. The police, for us, have never been about protecting and serving — it’s about keeping you in your community where you belong and keeping you out of places you don’t.”
Buffalo has a long history of protecting cops from criminal charges: report
On Saturday, The Daily Beast documented the recent history of use of force in the Buffalo Police Department, which is reeling from controversy as two officers face assault charges for shoving a 75-year-old protester to the ground.
"As shocking as this all may be to outsiders, the shoving of demonstrator Martin Gugino and the defiant response of officers to an effort to discipline two of their own is indicative of the state of police affairs in Buffalo," wrote Jim Heaney. "Has been for a long time, not that you have to go back too far to find other episodes of brutality that have been captured on video."
Internet disgusted after Buffalo first responders cheer cops charged with assaulting 75-year-old protester
Commenters on Twitter expressed both contempt and disgust for Buffalo firefighters and police officers who turned out in front of Buffalo City Court to support two suspended police officers with applause and cheering.
Moments after officers Aaron Torglaski and Robert McCabe were charged with second-degree assault and then released without having to post bail, they were greeted as heroes outside the courthouse.
After a video was posted showing the celebration, commenters on Twitter vented at cops and firefighters for defending the two officers who assaulted the 75-year-old man who had to be rushed to a hospital after they shoved him to the ground where he sustained a head injury.
Donald Trump’s lurch toward fascism is backfiring spectacularly
Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.
During the 2016 campaign, as Donald Trump railed against "Mexican rapists" and other "criminal aliens," pollsters found that the share of Americans who said that immigrants worked hard and made a positive contribution to our society increased significantly, and noticed a similar decline in the share who said they take citizens' jobs and burden our social safety net. After Trump was elected and began pursuing his Muslim ban, the share of respondents who held a positive view of Islam also increased pretty dramatically. I'm not aware of any polling of the general public about transgender troops serving in the military before Trump decided to discharge them, but Gallup found that 71 percent of respondents opposed his position after he did.