I didn’t care for Larry Wilmore’s jokes Saturday night at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. His ending made me cringe. I wish he’d ended with the something respectful that he said last night…
“When I was a kid, I lived in a country where people couldn’t accept a black quarterback. Now think about that. A black man was thought by his mere color not good enough to lead a football team — and now, to live in your time, Mr. President, when a black man can lead the entire free world.”
Then followed the leader of the free world, America’s first Black President, with “Obama out!” or “Larry out!” and dropped the mike.
Instead, after boring, senseless, classless jokes, he ended with an undignified n word standing in front of a room of journalists and politicians who haven’t made it easy for the President over the past seven years.
To invoke the n word, to the first Black President was disrespectful to the office and our American ancestors. Men and women who worked the fields, built this country’s economy and marched tirelessly against racism and who were often called nigger. And made it possible for us to have a Black President and Larry for you to host your show.
I stand proudly, head high standing on the shoulders of those men and women, my heroes. They toiled, sweat and died, so that today, Americans of all races have a better way. I love this country. Mr. Wilmore your last words to the President were disrespectful to the men and women who came before you and made it possible for you to have your job!