Did Colbert cross a line?

He’s commemorating Black History Month by celebrating all things Dutch–Heineken, pickled herring, clogs–for this reason:

Without the help of Dutch merchant ships, there wouldn’t even be African Americans. They’d still be just Africans.

He is joking, of course, about the Middle Passage. Most of his audience laughed, but some made “He Did Not Just Go There” exasperated gasps.

Did Colbert cross a line?

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One Response

  1. I thought it was interesting. I took him to be mocking those who think that we can throw blacks a bone like “black history month” when they are still, to a large extant, oppressed and discriminated against. I’m not sure it was clever though. It could have too easily been taken badly.

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