Standup comedian D. L. Hughley just released a new book, How Not to Get Shot: And Other Advice From White People which discusses, among other ways, the way Highley and many other leaders in the black community view the police.
On Friday night, Hughley stopped by The Daily Show to discuss the book, and recounted his first experience with the police, which happened when he was just eight years old.
“I’m coming from school, getting a free lunch in the summer, and the police pull up and they pull to me and my friend and they’re asking us questions about a cat that lived in my neighborhood and they’re like ‘Where is he?’ and we’re like ‘We don’t know.’ And they’re like ‘Put your hands on the car,’ and I’m like ‘sire this car is hot.’ And he said ‘N*gger, if you take your hands off this car I’m goin to blow your heard off.’ Now, eight years old. Flash to, you know, a couple weeks ago, when a young kind in Chicago is handcuffed and peeing on himself.”
These early experiences leave a lasting impression, Hughley said.
“That was my first experience and I know I’ll never forget it and I doubt he will either,” Hughley said.
As the parent of a black son, Hughley said he teaches his son to avoid the police—even to avoid eye contact with them.
“We instill a sense of fear in them because we don’t want them to be killed,” he said.
Watch the clip below or watch the full interview here.
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