People always ask me, they go,
"Trevor, how do you...how do you laugh
when the news is sad? How do youfind the jokes and everything?"
I tell people it's notthat I find things funny--
it's that my mind uses that asa tool to protect me from pain.
And I always see that come up
whenever there's instancesthat pop up in the news.
And one of those instanceswas in Tulsa.
There was a shooting.
A man by the nameTerence Crutcher,
an unarmed black man, right,
was killed by the police.
Now, this time, he's ca...
the man's car was strandedin the middle of the road.
And the police saythey pulled up,
and they-they weren't therebecause they thought
he was threatening or anything.They had a call
and they got thereand this man was there
and they said he refusedto listen to their instructions.
It's not... it's notreally clear what happened.
But what we do know is this,after the police released
a statement,they then released a video.
And that videodoesn't look good.
REPORTER: Video from a police chopper shows
40-year-old Terence Crutcher walking toward his SUV,
hands in the air, as officers surrounded him Friday night.
It's difficult to see exactly what happened
as Crutcher approached the driver's side window
of his SUV. But police say he was not cooperating.
Okay, I-I don't get that--not cooperating?
Because, I mean, it sure lookslike cooperation.
His-his hands are up, right?
Unless the cop was like,"Put your hands in the air
and now wave themlike you just don't care."
And he was like,"But I do care."
"Oh, you're not cooperating.You're not cooperating.
We got a guywho do cares over here."
It-it...Look, don't get me wrong,
it looks cut and dry to me.
But the truth is I wasn't there.
None of us were there,none of us were there,
We're never therein those situations.
We don't know what happenedbefore the video.
We don't know what the copexpected when they got there.
We don't know if the guy wason drugs or not on drugs.
What we do know is this,what we do know is this,
it seems extremely easy
to get shot by policein America.
Which is not right.
You know? And now, obviously,in a situation like this,
when a white officershoots a black person,
the first accusation is racism.
And the police officer'sfirst defense is,
"But what about all theblack people I haven't shot?"
Did him being a big black manplay a role
in her perceived danger?
No, him being a large manperceived a role
in-in her being in danger.
She's worked in this partof town for quite some time.
Um, and, you know?
Just the week before,
she was at an all-black highschool homecoming football game.
Oh, yeah, yeah,she was at a football game.
Yeah. You know what?The truth is, I'm actually...
I'm willing to accept that thispolice officer is not racist.
But her lawyer's defensehas introduced us
to one of the bigger problems
that you face in America,you know.
Because in an American city,
there's an all-blackhigh school,
and that's normal,instead of weird? You know?
Living in a societywhere racial divisions
are so deeply bakedinto every part of society
that we don't even notice itanymore?
An all-black high school?
That's a phrase, which, bythe way, is never followed by,
"Oh, you're talking about theone in the nice part of town?
Yeah, I know it. I know it."
Racial divisionsare so normalized in society
that people possess a bias
that they don't even realizethey have.
Just listen.Like, in the video...
In the video of the policemanin the helicopter,
listen to what he says aboutTerence Crutcher, all right?
Listen to himas he's flying over the scene.
I'm sorry. What does that mean?
What exactly about that manlooks bad to you
from all the way up therein your helicopter?
He's not holding a weapon,his hands are up.
He doesn't even havea hoodie on.
I mean, isn't that theinternational sign for bad dude?
You can't tell anythingabout this man
from up in the helicopter,except for one thing.
That's the only thingyou can tell.
And you cannot denywe live in a world
where people see a black man,
and they're more likely tothink, "Oh, I might get robbed."
That's what people think.
It's implicit bias.Everyone has it.
I'm even guilty of that.
I walk down the street--and I won't lie to you--
I've never seen a white manwalking down the street,
and thought "Damn,I hope this guy doesn't mug me."
Yeah. I have crossed the street,though, because I'm like,
"Oh, I better keep this dudeaway from my pension fund."
Does you know this...this banker-looking (bleep)?
-(laughter, applause & cheering)-I do cross the street.
But you can't denythat there's a bias.
And people are going aroundon Twitter,
and people saying thingson the news where they're like,
"Oh, these black peopleneed to calm down.
Why are they rioting?Why are they saying this?"
Just ask yourself this question.
If the only timeyou encounter black people
is whenthey're policing crime...
Think about it.If police...
The only timeyou encounter black people
is when you're policing crime,
then your only experienceof black people
is that they're criminals.
-(applause) -That's your onlyexperience of them.
It's the same way as if the onlytime you see a Muslim man
is when he's on the newsfor blowing something up.
Then in your head,all Muslims are terrorists.
But if you live in the city,like New York, for instance,
that's full with Muslims,you see that guy on the news,
and then you bitchabout terrorism
to the guywho's making your kebab,
-who's also Muslim.-(laughter, applause)
You'll be like,
"Oh, this terrorism'sgetting crazy, Habib.
It's getting crazy."
"I know, Jeremy. These Sunnis.
-What are you gonna doabout it, huh?" -(laughter)
And the truth is, you can'tfix racial bias overnight.
You genuinely can't, all right?
The one thing you can do is notthink black people are crazy
for feeling oppressed
when every time they see a videoof themselves being engaged
by the police,it ends with them getting shot.
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