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Stephen Colbert Spells Out Perfectly Why Racial Tension Keeps Erupting

Funny how a comedian can get it right.
09/23/2016 08:02 AM ET
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Updated Sep 23, 2016

As racial tension over police shootings dominated the headlines on Thursday, “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert offered his own take.

Referencing the state of emergency in Charlotte, North Carolina, after the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, the comedian observed: “The shooting of African-Americans by police officers and the community outrage that follows seems to keep happening over and over again, no matter how many times we do nothing.”

“I just wish there were some kind of respectful, silent civil protest that people could engage in that wouldn’t enrage the other side,” he said later, as a photo of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick flashed onscreen. (Kaepernick has received death threats for kneeling during the national anthem to protest police shootings.) 

“Yeah, no, that’s not going to work, either.” Colbert said.

And of course, he eventually got down to ripping you-know-who. “In the face of continued heartbreaking racial strife, all eyes turn to civil rights icon, the Rev. Dr. Donald Trump.”

We’ll let Colbert take it from there.