Alright, so I’m a day late catching Larry Wilmore’s new show. With good reason – I’ve just moved! (You are welcome to read about that in my journal)
This was the first episode, which aired on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It was everything that I’d hoped it would be. I’d been waiting for this show and I was not disappointed.
Larry has some huge shoes to fill, and though I could see some nervousness, he pulled it off with great style, and grace. I’m really looking forward to binge watching this on Hulu every week, just as I did with The Colbert Report.
He has a semi-round table format, and his guests were Senator Cory Booker, Talib Kweli, Bill Burr, and Shenaz Treasury. They discussed this past year’s protests by citizens against police violence, racial profiling and injustice in the justice system, as well as the police’s own protest against citizens. They all made great points, but two that stood out for me were the stats that Senator Booker and Ms. Treasury made. He said the prison population has increased by 800% in the past thirty years. While Ms. Treasury said that 93% of blacks are killed by blacks and 84% of whites are killed by whites. I felt that was a great point, because no one yells about white on white crime, or whites killing whites. People commit crimes against those nearest to them. It’s not a black thing, it’s a human thing.
Bill Burr, brought up a great point about the reality that the biggest changes come about through violence. I don’t advocate violence (and he made a point to say that he doesn’t either), but he is correct, the biggest changes have come through violence. There have been changes that were made by non-violence too. But revolutions are violent and ugly. I’m scared to see that type of revolution in America because this country is full of guns, full of hate and full of ignorance.
I loved Talib Kweli’s response to the “Keeping it 100” segment. He said, Chicago was violent before Chief Keef. Basically saying that the violence in hip hop is a symptom of the world, not the other way around. Years ago Dr. Dre said something similar about gangster rap. He said something to the effect that violence in the world started before he was born.
If you haven’t seen it, catch it again on Comedy Central, or like I did, on Hulu.
It was a great start to what seems like is going to be an awesome show. Kudos Mr. Wilmore! You killed!
Thank you for reading!