As nationwide protests over the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor are met with police brutality, John Oliver discusses how the histories of policing and white supremacy are intertwined, the roadblocks to fixing things, and some potential paths forward.

From the transcript:

“Kenneth Clark and he made this observation which remains depressingly true he said I read the report of the 1919 riot in Chicago and it’s as if I were reading the report of the investigating committee of the Harlem riot of 1935 the report of the investigating committee of the right of 1943 the report of the Macomb Commission of the Watts riot of 1965 I must again in candor say to you it is the kind of Alice in Wonderland with the same moving picture of rish own over and over again the same analysis the same recommendations and the same inaction we’re in the same now that we’re in back then and if you’re not directly impacted by it it is tempting to look for a reason to feel better about the world to look at some cops kneeling and think oh well we just need more of that but we need so much more than that because ours is a firmly entrenched system in which the roots of white supremacy run deep and it is critical that we all grab a shovel to do anything less would be absolutely unforgivable.

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