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  • -Hey, everybody.

  • Thank you for tuning in to "The Tonight Show."

  • As you just saw, our opening sequence had no music.

  • That was not a mistake.

  • That was done in solidarity with the music industry

  • and Blackout Tuesday, which means no music

  • will be used in our show at all tonight.

  • Just a way to remind everyone,

  • hold everyone accountable for their actions

  • and just recognize the struggle

  • that black lives have been going through.

  • We here at "The Tonight Show" do support Black Lives Matter

  • and we are against any type of police brutality.

  • For me, as a comedian, to do these shows

  • that aren't necessarily funny but just a conversation,

  • you know, we are a comedy show,

  • so we're going to try to make you laugh.

  • Tonight we have two very, very funny human beings.

  • From "2 Dope Queens," Phoebe Robinson

  • is on the show tonight.

  • We'll also be talking to W. Kamau Bell

  • from "United Shades of America."

  • And they're gonna share their views

  • of what's going on in the world,

  • as well as they can't help themselves be very funny.

  • Last night was a big opportunity.

  • The president got to address the country

  • from the Rose Garden, and this is his chance

  • to really maybe bring us all together as one.

  • And let's see how he did.

  • -Our nation has been gripped by professional anarchists,

  • violent mobs, arsonists, looters, criminals,

  • rioters, Antifa.

  • Angry mob.

  • I will deploy the United States military --

  • thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers.

  • We dominate the streets.

  • You will face severe criminal penalties

  • and lengthy sentences in jail.

  • -Is that your Bible?

  • -It's a Bible.

  • -Excuse me for one second.

  • Aaah!

  • We're gonna start our show tonight with an NBA legend

  • who's gone on to be a political activist

  • as well as a great author.

  • He recently wrote an op-ed piece in the "L.A. Times"

  • called "Don't Understand the Protest?"

  • Let's talk to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

  • Kareem, thank you so much for being here.

  • I appreciate this.

  • And thank you for talking with me and continuing to talk

  • about what's going on in the world.

  • This past weekend you wrote a piece for the "L.A. Times"

  • that got a lot of pickup. -Yeah.

  • -Basically about the protests, and the title was,

  • "Don't Understand the Protests?"

  • "What you're seeing is people pushed to the edge."

  • What do you tell people who don't understand

  • what the protests are?

  • -Well, you know, the protests are about something that is

  • very real for black Americans and poor people.

  • And something needs to be done about it.

  • You know, we have no way --

  • There's no way that we can deal with bad cops

  • that works for everyone.

  • -One of the lines that stuck in my head

  • when I was reading your piece was, you said that

  • "racism is like dust in the air."

  • -Yeah.

  • -And I'd never heard that before.

  • Can you explain that analogy?

  • -Well, the analogy is, have you ever been in a room,

  • and it's really dusty, but you can't see it

  • until you shine a flashlight and see all the dust motes

  • in the ray of light?

  • -Yeah.

  • -They were there the whole time but you didn't notice them

  • until the light turns on.

  • I think that's what we're dealing with.

  • Racism and bias in our criminal justice system

  • has been there ever since the Founding Fathers.

  • And something has to be done about it.

  • -How much of the protests have you seen

  • in your personal life and been involved with

  • in your personal life?

  • -Well, let's see.

  • The first time I was involved in a protest was

  • right after Dr. King was assassinated.

  • I took part in a protest on UCLA.

  • And people would come up to me...

  • We stood silently for an hour.

  • And people during that hour, people would come up to me

  • and tell me that I was going to get an opportunity

  • to play in the NBA, so what was I demonstrating about?

  • -Really? -Yeah.

  • And, you know, it continues, you know.

  • People don't get it.

  • That, you know, the senseless violence

  • is part and parcel of people, like --

  • for African-Americans, it's part of their lives.

  • It has to change.

  • -How did you -- did you feel like this ever since --

  • for your whole life? I mean, when you were a kid?

  • I mean, did your parents talk to you --

  • -When I was in college

  • or driving on the New Jersey Turnpike

  • and getting harassed by the officers

  • on the Jersey Turnpike

  • that wanted to make sure I wasn't transporting drugs

  • or something like that.

  • You know, based on the color of my skin.

  • -Wow. -Many times.

  • It's happened to my children. It's not good.

  • -How do you talk about this with your kids

  • when they were growing up?

  • -Well, I talked to my -- especially my boys.

  • I told them, you know, the police are suspicious of you

  • and afraid of you at the same time.

  • And it's all based on the color of your skin.

  • And you have to know how to handle that

  • and not escalate a situation that could end up

  • with you getting shot for no good reason.

  • -Did you ever see yourself doing what you're doing now?

  • Or when you were a kid, just trying to play basketball

  • and hopefully play for the NBA, did you see yourself

  • as being politically active or being an author?

  • -Of course I did, because this hasn't changed.

  • All right, between my junior and senior year in high school,

  • I witnessed a riot in New York City.

  • A young man, James Powell, was killed by a police officer,

  • Thomas Gilligan, and, you know, Harlem erupted in a riot

  • for two or three days.

  • You know, I'd just see the fear --

  • you know, walk those streets

  • and run for my life, and it wasn't a pretty thing.

  • It hasn't changed that much.

  • It's something to think about, Jimmy.

  • What was Colin Kaepernick demonstrating about?

  • He was demonstrating about black people being killed

  • unnecessarily by police officers.

  • Now that was a peaceful demonstration.

  • What did it get him? He was ostracized.

  • He lost his job. And he was blackballed.

  • That was a peaceful demonstration.

  • -Yeah. -So you got to understand

  • that too many black people have seen any intent by them

  • to deal with this,

  • to get this weight off of us,

  • is -- it's ignored.

  • People say, "Jeez, I feel sorry about that,"

  • but they don't do anything about it.

  • And something has to be done about it.

  • Something effective that will make sure that bad cops

  • don't kill black people unnecessarily.

  • -And it is about keeping the conversation going,

  • and keep that motivation of, you know,

  • what we can do, and just don't stop,

  • and actually, actually change.

  • And I feel like -- I mean, I'm trying the best I can to --

  • I am changing.

  • And going forward, I'm not going to let this conversation stop.

  • But for those that may not think this affects them,

  • what do you say to those people?

  • -I would challenge those people to make a friend

  • that doesn't look like them.

  • If they already have that friend,

  • then the challenge was unnecessary.

  • But I think there's too many of us that don't have

  • friends that don't look like us.

  • That's a shame.

  • And it's causing a very tragic situation to perpetuate.

  • -What gives you hope right now?

  • -What gives me hope is the fact that most Americans can --

  • are getting it.

  • I've seen all these demonstrations

  • across the country.

  • I didn't expect to see that.

  • And I think they're starting to see how it happens.

  • The death of George Floyd was such a horror and a tragedy

  • and so unnecessary.

  • And why does that happen?

  • I think people now are legitimately trying

  • to understand that and answer that question in a way

  • that removes all of the pain of it.

  • -What is one way that we can bring people together,

  • that you think?

  • -I'm?-- I really feel that getting to know

  • and understand the humanity of your fellow Americans

  • is the way to go.

  • Figure out how to make a friend that doesn't look like you

  • and understand their humanity.

  • If you can do that, we're on our way.

  • -Kareem, thank you so much for coming on our show.

  • And I really appreciate it. Always, any time I see you.

  • Thank you so much for doing this, it means a lot to me.

  • And I hope you stay safe, and I really want to see you again

  • in person next time.

  • -I'll be looking forward to it. You stay safe and stay healthy.

  • My best to your family. -Thank you, buddy, you too.

-Hey, everybody.

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