Colbert: I say Obama won because 'racism is over'
David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Published: Friday November 21, 2008

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Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert wants to proclaim that "Racism is Over," and he celebrated that victory on Thursday with a cascade of uniformly pale gray balloons.

"Obama's election is just the latest of many victories for a new generation of African-American leaders," Colbert explained, "like Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Alabama Congressman Artur Davis, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and Justice League President-Elect Black Lightning -- who beat Aqua-Man, after the failure of his slogan, 'Yes we clam.'"

"Some say these victories shouldn't be lumped together ... but I say they won because Racisim Is Over!" Colbert claimed as balloons rained down on his head.

"This is the color we all are now," Colbert added, fondling a balloon. "If you think these gray balloons are unattractive, they're a lot better than the ones I plan to drop once sexism is over."

"I am reminded of the words of Martin Luther King," continued Colbert, proceeding to quote Billy Joel. "We didn't start the fire. It was always burning since the world's been turning. Harry Truman, Doris Day. What else do I have to say?"

"We have entered a post-racial age," Colbert concluded, before bringing in Newark Mayor Cory Booker to argue in favor of diversity.

This video is from Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, broadcast Nov. 20, 2008.

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