Defenders of Confederate monuments face an uphill battle today after 'Daily Show' correspondent Roy Wood Jr. spotlighted a soundbite featuring a South Carolina man defending the Confederate flag while using a racial slur.
"I don't believe it's a symbol of racism," he said last week. "I don't believe it's a symbol of slavery." So far, so good. Well, not good but definitely not racist...yet. After making that point, the man tried to reach for an analogy, comparing the flag to streets named after Martin Luther King Jr. But he ended up flubbing the Civil Rights leader's name.
"Hey, I go down the street, I see Martin Luther Coon - I shouldn't have said that," the man said.
No, you should probably lay off talking for a while after that brutal Freudian slip (though that term might be rebranded as a "freedom slip" in Trump's America).
Wood followed up that clip by nailing why we need to get rid of these Confederate symbols.
"Here's the thing. Slavery is a trauma that black people, to this day, are still dealing with," he said. "It's basically like if a woman got out of an abusive relationship and then she had to keep pictures of her ex up in her house to remember the time. I don't need pictures to remember pain."
'Daily Show' host Trevor Noah added that the best monuments to the Civil War are the people walking around today. "People say, 'We want to remember the history of the Civil War.' I always think there's an easier way to remember what happened in the Civil War. Just walk around in the South, and if you see free black people, then you know what happened in the Civil War."
But Noah and Wood are also understand that tearing down these racist relics might not be feasible given how attached people are to them. So they're trying to meet opponents in the middle by suggesting they keep the statues but add a few alterations - like LeBron James dunking off of a Confederate soldier's head. Check out the clip above for design mockups.