And finally, defunding the police absolutely does not mean that we eliminate all cops and just succumb to the purge. Now, as for the president himself, he initially hit on the protesters in the bunker, later claiming he wasn’t hiding, he was actually just “inspecting it.” Then his attorney general had police gas protesters outside the White House, so that Trump could have an inexplicable photo op in a nearby church while holding up a Bible like it’s the ticket for a sandwich order that was just called. [Woman] Definitely. John: yeah, that pretty much sums it up. And their union head was absolutely furious. Your email address will not be published. Season 1 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. My favorite part is that, after he’s finished unloading on that police chief, he yields his time, realizes he still has a couple of second left, so unyield it and throws in a bonus “fuck you.”. The pandemic has thrown into high relief some of the longstanding issues surrounding working conditions in meatpacking facilities. Finally an answer to the question that scholars have asked for ages: what would an ancient Egyptian sound like if he orgasmed while taking antidepressants? Only this time the TV spot has a little more honesty. I had no idea this happened!” While many black Americans went, “holy shit! But others can actually make things even worse, with tone-deaf assignments and classroom exercises that you may be familiar with from local news stories like these: [wcnc.com, 2020] This is the activity in question. It didn’t start this week, all with this president, and it always disproportionately falls on black communities. But even I can tell you, if you’re spending a billion dollars on misconduct settlements, you might wanna seriously examine what conduct looks like. Phil Murphy, (D) New Jersey] Yes, it’s hot. Desecrating a funeral with campaign slogans, what kind of person would do that? Just listen to this guy from Tulsa explaining how he felt when he finally found out about that 1921 massacre where he lived. They’re both larger now than they were when King gave that speech. Because it’s going to be far too easy for nothing to meaningfully change here. Too often, u.s. History is reduced down to, “there was slavery, then there was a civil war, then there wasn’t slavery anymore, then there was a civil rights movement, then there wasn’t racism anymore.” Just a smooth, steady upward arc. There’s a whole history there. But the fact is, the incremental reforms that we’ve tried, like the wider use of body cameras and implicit bias and use of force training, are not on their own going to cut it. Prematurely using excessive force? Still taking place in this blank void that looks very much like the inside of an egg, from the off-white walls to the eerie silence to the creature in the middle who resembles an unborn chicken. Her video picked up popularity after it was shown to close out the June 7 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver episode. And let’s start with the fact that there are no national standards for what topics or figures students must learn about at school. To distract himself from the pain of life, Austin throws a tea party for his old college friends – but the day is disrupted by a major political event. And look, if police are trying to convince the public they’re not guilty of displaying excessive force, it’s probably not a good idea to repeatedly display excessive force on national television, including in this city, where Mayor de Blasio praised them for their tremendous restraint, and Governor Cuomo threatened to send in the National Guard. John: Okay, first of all, it says a lot about Jefferson that, if you went back in time, explained to him who R. Kelly was, and told him he was being compared to him, the child pornography charges would not be the number one reason he’d be insulted by the comparison. But guys like Bob, rolling his eyes at anything transgender related, is exactly why it is time for our conversation to go beyond “how should the police do their jobs” to “what really do we want the role of the police to be.”. And to his credit, when that story broke the mayor of Minneapolis announcing the officers responsible would be fired by the end of the day. After the unrest, in the late 60s, a commission was set up to investigate and issue advice. Announcer: And now, for an extra $150, Steve Guttenberg brainstorms names for our co-worker’s new dog. There’s a reason, for instance, Marty McFly was white. Instead, it’s about moving away from a narrow conception of Public Safety that relies on policing and punishment, and investing in a community’s actual safety net. Okay, bye! That may be why one of the last things he did before he died was visit Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington. On Thursday, Herman Cain died, about six weeks after attending a Trump rally in Tulsa where he was photographed without a mask, later tweeting that “people are fed up” of being made to wear them. Some of America’s first law enforcement units were these slave patrols tasked with capturing and returning people who’d escaped from slavery. And if you don’t teach history properly, all you see is those effects and not the causes, when the truth is, you can draw a straight line from the post-civil war return of plantation land to its former confederates through the massive transfers of land through the homestead act — mostly to white individuals — through the growth of the suburbs in the 20th century, where red-lining kept black people from moving into white neighborhoods throughout the country. And this, sadly, won’t be the last time we see people find out the hard way how serious this is. The main cause and why the south decided to secede was —. If you can’t make that decision, you need to find another job.”, Wow. That’s not accurate.” And he was talking about this massacre, riot. And if this is the first time you’re learning about the only coup on american soil, you’re not alone, because what happened there is usually either not taught at all, or, as the author of a book on that massacre points out, taught very, very misleadingly. In George W. Bush’s first term, his Justice Department launched twelve such investigations into police departments. As usual, Sunny Hostin is very right, and Meghan McCain is very “there.” Because, while Washington did promise to free his slaves in his will, it specified they wouldn’t gain their freedom until his wife’s death. But the person who fixes the situation is killing us. And this is gonna take sustained pressure and attention over a long period of time, from all of us. Now, the good news is there is a chance that the Supreme Court will soon decide to reconsider “qualified immunity.” There’s actually a bill in Congress right now to abolish it, although, even if it passes, it may have to wait for a new president to sign it, and we may not get one of those, anywhere from the next four years to never. But Gohmert didn’t immediately isolate himself. There are automatically generated transcripts for the videos on the Last Week Tonight YouTube channel. And about one in every thousand black men can expect to be killed by police. John fucking Lewis would do that. Then they had a great frolic.” And look, every excuse for slavery is shitty, but “we gave them sandwiches sometimes” has to be one of the shittiest. John: Exactly. That contempt is fully merited there. 2015 Season 1. America loves nothing more than a renegade cop who doesn’t play by the rules. And just imagine what it would feel like to be a black kid in that classroom — or, if you don’t have to imagine, remember. And when, in the wake of that shooting, the Minneapolis Mayor banned officers from participating in warrior style training, the head of the police union there, Bob Kroll announced plans to defy that decision. “Across the country, peaceful protests have too often devolved into standoffs, with heavily armed police using military style tactics. [NBC News] This morning, this viral video from a Chainsmokers concert in the Hamptons over the weekend, with fans seemingly ignoring all social distancing, has New York’s governor up in arms. And I know you might be thinking “well, join the club policing, this is America,” the only institution not deeply entangled with the history of white supremacy is Olive Garden. He’s on the road giving trainings 200 days a year. And perhaps nobody made that process clearer than Lee Atwater, a top republican campaign strategist who worked for, among others, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. And in high-profile cases, especially, they can be incentivized to settle for astonishing amounts. And the professor was talking about this place where black people had businesses and had money and had doctors and lawyers. This is a group that a lot of people out there probably weren’t altogether familiar with a couple of years ago … but times are different. I had two friends go to the protest in Beverly Hills a couple days ago and the protest was peaceful until the police showed up with their excessive violent force, shooting rubber bullets and throwing tear gas. But that impulse — to downplay the horrors of slavery — has marked how schoolchildren have learned about it ever since. And he made this observation which remains depressingly true. When the unions representing TV writers fight for their members, the worst thing that they can threaten the public with this few episodes of Bull, or The Blacklist, or this show, and that’s just not a compelling argument. He not only rolled back Obama’s restrictions on giving the police military equipment—just listen to what he said to an audience filled with law enforcement: [Donald Trump] “Please, don’t be too nice. “undeniably the best Greek export that doesn’t have fruit at the bottom.”. It seems like there becomes this great focus on the negative history of America instead of saying — oh, take, for instance, slavery — instead of, you know, looking at it in a positive light that Americans overcame something as evil as slavery and that we’re still a great nation today should be a testament to the kind of American spirit that exists in this country. And look, for any of us sitting at home shocked by the scenes of police brutality, I get it, I’m white too. If I would be disciplined, it would never be upheld. The police department can’t stop the killers. And besides that being morally reprehensible, it is a tool that most labor unions simply don’t have at their disposal. Yeah! [Bill Clinton] 100,000 new police in communities of all sizes. Kimberly Latrice Jones released a video talking about the Black Lives Matter protests, inequality, and police brutality. And of course, cops who went through this training could wind up on edge. They’re gonna learn that capitalism is racist, history as conventionally taught is racist, literature — most of that’s racist — patriotic songs, racist. That’s our show. Because here are some hard facts. And guys, they’re pissing away millions and millions of dollars to projects. John Oliver takes a look at how the history of race in America is taught in schools, how we can make those teachings more accurate, and why it’s in everyone's best interest to understand the most realistic version of the past. There are a lot of suggestions to look at. That feels — [applause] that feels pretty easy. They kill. April 16, 2015 Hana HBO, How Am I Suppose to Live Without You, IRS, John Oliver, Last Week Tonight, Michael Bolton, tax season, transcript Our main story tonight is the IRS. POLICE: LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER [FULL TRANSCRIPT] June 21, 2020. We’re in the same shit now that we’re in back then. Back in 2010, when Texas was reviewing its state standards, one parent made it very clear that the main history he wanted his kids taught was that of “American exceptionalism.”. And that wasn’t even the most irritating recent mass gathering. And the truth is, with so many people misunderstanding our history, either by accident or very much on purpose, we thought tonight it might be worth talking about how the history of race in America is currently taught in schools — what the gaps are, why they’re there, and how we can fill them. John Oliver chose to forgo the usual Last Week Tonight format in favor of spending his entire episode Sunday night talking about the police brutality that led to the anti-racism protests that followed the May 25 killing in Minneapolis of an unarmed black man, George Floyd. And in response to those protests, which have been a stirring pushback against institutional racism and brutality, has been frankly sickening to see them met with this. Maybe they’ll be using grenades, even as the New York Times weighs in with an op-ed titled “Why we need to bring Hitler back to life as a robot right now.” They just think it’s valuable that you read that point of view. John: What? It’s called Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas. All rights reserved. And while I obviously don’t have time to go through all of that history right now, it might be worth going slowly through three big mistakes that many historians believe we make and should correct in schools and beyond. And it’s frankly not just a hardware that’s a problem here. But as John Oliver detailed on Last Week Tonight, doing so is easier said than done — if not outright impossible. Take the century between the end of the civil war and the civil rights act, which is often glossed over but should probably be taught a lot more thoroughly. Black communities have had to be perpetual activists, while also routinely being disenfranchised. Look, it’s pretty clear we need to upgrade the way we teach our history. Medical groups say police violence against black and brown Americans is just one of many physical and psychological factors that make racism a serious public health issue. And that’s sort of aggressive policing was accompanied by constant calls to increase the number of police officers on the streets. Although the ruling was in Brooks’ favor, the officer who fired the taser was given immunity because the law on stun gun use was not clear yet. Nixon pledged fealty to law and order and started the war on drugs, which Reagan later turbocharged, and by the time we got to the nineties a school of thought called broken windows, or zero tolerance policing had started to take root. 2017 Season 3. Now I know that sounds unappealing but I promise you if you … It’s like hearing someone say “the whole trouble with putting Graham crackers, chocolate bars, and marshmallows together is that we might end up with s’mores.” Yeah, exactly. Because a whole sub industry of police training has also cropped up to reinforce the message that cops are at war. Wow! It was called the “march on Washington for jobs and freedom,” and the economic justice part of it was front and center. Yooo so the great @Jhanna just uploaded a bunch of transcripts from Last Week Tonight to the site. So fuck your Target, fuck your Hall of Fame. These could be worth a lot. [Bob Kroll] If they deem that this training is in violation and they’re on their own time and they want to attend it, I’m gonna encourage officers to do it. So you say stuff like, uh, “forced busing,” “states’ rights,” and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. All right, so let’s set aside the risks of violence against transgender people, particularly trans women of color, and instead consider that the budget for the Minneapolis Police Department is 193 million dollars, meaning that 15,000 amounts to 0.008 percent of their annual budget. And the fact the constitution is infused with racism does not mean it’s canceled. John Lewis. Which help it if minor crimes are left unattended, it will lead to more serious crimes, therefore please have better crackdown on those minor offenses. This transcript is annotated! For instance, one case was thrown out because of the difference between unleashing a police dog to bite a motionless suspect in a bushy ravine and unleasing a police dog to bite a compliant suspect in a canal in the woods—which I totally get, those are two completely different kinds of outdoor holes. The dinosaurs died 65 million years ago, and you’d still be floored if someone only just told you about them. James Baldwin. Because “I’m carrying a highly infectious disease” is never news that needs to be told in person, especially when there are plenty of better ways to do it. Set your price for a slave. But they should be taught to see it as an imperfect document with imperfect authors who both extolled the ideals of freedom for all while at the same time codifying slavery. But it’s worth remembering, that’s the tip of a very large iceberg. Just listen to a defense attorney explain one reason that it was gonna be difficult for Michael Brown‘s family to sue the Ferguson officer who killed him. But unfortunately, we’re getting the exact opposite of that. Meanwhile, Trump himself has made it pretty clear where he stands on the police use of force. And I’ll say this, having recently said that I couldn’t wait to go back to hating Andrew Cuomo again, I didn’t think the opportunity would come quite this soon. In pop culture they’re the heroes of beloved movies and TV shows, like Cranky GunGrandpa [Dirty Harry], and Cocaine Cops Who Fuck [Miami Vice], and Manic Bigot and His One Black Friend [Lethal Weapon]. So now I’m gonna let her have the last word tonight: [Kimberly Latrice Jones] So when they say “Why do you burn down the community? [Bill Clinton] We need to finish the job of putting a hundred thousand more police on our streets. But the moments on either side of those landmark eras complicate the hell out of that arc, because they were filled with white hostility and ugly backsliding. And he said it was in Tulsa. Only to have to almost immediately walk that statement back saying that there was a process that they were required to go through by law. And look, this reckless indifference — whether it’s coming from these idiots, this idiot, that idiot, this especially idiotic idiot, or the most powerful idiot of all — is costing people their lives. You can also in the words of this generation’s Robert Frost “sucked by dick and choke on it, fuck you.”. The quality is certainly not great. What kind of person would honor a friend’s legacy by continuing to advocate for voting rights? And that’s just one of many gaps in knowledge that some are now realizing they have. When the hospital is hit with a cyber attack threatening to shut down life-saving machines, Lea rises to the challenge and looks to outsmart the hackers to prove herself. Because on Wednesday, yet another member of congress tested positive. That’s our show, thanks for watching. Or really any other situation where the best solution is not someone showing up with a gun. President Trump walked from the White House, crossed Lafayette Square, and stood in front of St. John’s Church holding a Bible moments after telling reporters he would deploy the military if state officials could not contain protests across the nation. Directed by Christopher Werner. How the fuck is this the first time someone’s mentioning this to me?”. And when you skip over the past half-century, you don’t get to see the process by which white supremacy, instead of disappearing, merely adapted. [Interviewer] Do you think a negro family moving here will affect the community as a whole? I was in Three Men and a Little Lady. Debbie at work is going to want to have a conversation.”, The coverage of that Trump rally didn’t just introduce many Americans to that massacre, but also to the very concept of Juneteenth, the day that commemorates when union troops informed Texas that enslaved people that must finally be freed, two years after the emancipation proclamation, by the way. Here is a crazy story you might not know: in 1898, the multi-racial city government in Wilmington, North Carolina, became the target of the “only coup d’etat ever to take place on American soil,” in which a mob of up to 2,000 armed white men killed at least 60 black residents and replaced the city’s aldermen with white supremacists. [KTVI, 2019] The question about slavery read, “you own a plantation or farm and therefore need more workers. It’s genuinely impossible to overstate how enraging that is. Others were lazy, disobedient, and sometimes vicious.” I wonder what kind of slave I would have been. But we were actually not going to focus on Trump tonight, nor are we—unlike some in cable news—going to dwell on the incidents of looting that occurred, except to say if you said the name Macy’s more than you’ve said the name Breonna Taylor this week, you can very much fuck off. Movies can be romantic and also racist. And actually to that point, there’s one person I saw this week whose words have been echoing around my head, and you’ve been listening to me talk for a while. And let’s be clear here, Democrats were very much involved in that, from big city mayors, all the way on up to this guy: [Bill Clinton] An initiative to put 100,000 more police officers on the street. It’s about a structure built on systemic racism that this country created intentionally and now needs to dismantle intentionally, and replace it with one that takes into account the needs of the people that it actually serves. And this is reportedly just the beginning of his staff’s problems with him. Required fields are marked *. And while Gohmert disputes that claim too, it goes without saying, nobody should be berated for wearing a mask. It’s not a youtuber who’s just now realizing it was wrong to do blackface for 14 years. At the very least, the story of him chopping down a cherry tree as a child and admitting it to his father by saying “I cannot tell a lie” gets way less charming if the next part is his parents saying, “thank you for being honest, George. There is– Trevor Noah said it so beautifully last night, there’s a social contract that we all have, that if you steal or if I steal then the person who is the authority comes in and they fix the situation. 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