Wednesday, December 8, 2021

D.L. Hughley: Megyn Kelly’s ‘Benign Racism’ Inspires Comedian’s New Book [Video]

*Comedian and activist D.L. Hughley recently appeared on CNN to promote his new book, and host Michael Smerconish used an old Fox News clip of Megyn Kelly to dish about what Hughley called the “benign racism” of white people.

In the clip, Kelly — who has since moved on to NBC — refused to give the presumption of innocence to Philando Castile, the 32-year-old black man who was shot 5 times and killed by Jeronimo Yanez, a police officer of St. Anthony, Minnesota.

Hughley — whose new book is titled “How Not to Get Shot: And Other Advice From White People” — explained that little has changed since the death of Castile.

“That conversation angered me so much and rather than being angry and getting frustrated, I put it into action,” Hughley explained. “I wanted to write a book that was satirical and had factual data.”

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“That mind-set that Megyn Kelly expressed is why these things keep happening, It’s that benign racism where you can go, no matter what we see, we’re going to ascribe it to –” he continued.

“We will blame 12-year-old boys in Cleveland for having toy guns and being shot down. It’s that mind-set that allows these things to happen. And my goal was, how can I show them what I see and let them see it in a way that makes them — that they’re less threatened by it,” Hughley added.

“You deal with that which you most often hear from guys who look like I look when there is one of these shootings, ” Smerconish agreed. “Like just comply with police orders, don’t talk back, or, my favorite, I’ve got to admit and I’ve said it: don’t break the law.”

“We’re saying we’d rather have policemen who decide that you not complying with them is a death sentence,” Hughley replied. “I don’t think ultimately that’s what we would like in a society.”

Scroll up and watch the conversation via the clip above.

 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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