On Sunday’s episode of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver devoted the entire show to the need for police reform in the US and what the options are. It is an excellent show about what needs to be done to deal with the toxic police culture in the US that has led to so much brutality. One of the things he focuses on is the very negative role played by police unions.
I am really glad that so many white, Hispanic, and Asian groups have identified with and joined in the protests. That is a sign of hope because we need a broad multi-racial and multi-ethnic and multi-generational coalition to get real change.
At the very end, he hands the last word to one of the protestors and what she says is very powerful. It is a necessary reminder, if we needed one, of what I have been saying repeatedly, that while those of us who are not black can maybe intellectually appreciate and empathize with the black experience, we cannot really feel the depth of anger that has been simmering for so long in the black community and that has exploded now and to which she gives such eloquent expression. The whole 33-minute show is worth watching but if you do not have the time, go straight to the 31:00 minute mark, just before he hands off to her.