I’ve been a fan of W. Kamau Bell for years and lamented the loss of his show Totally Biased on FX, a comedy news show that devoted much-needed attention to racism and featured interesting debates like this conversation about rape jokes. Bell, who performs stand-up and also co-hosts the Denzel Washington is the Greatest Actor of All Time Period podcast, brings intelligent and incisive takes on politics to everything he does. And he’s incredibly funny while he’s doing it.
His newest project is United Shades of America on CNN. He’s described it in some interviews as a black man going places he shouldn’t go, and he delivers on that concept in the first episode by spending some time with members of the KKK. He’s taken on other important issues like immigration and prison reform so far. This clip comes from an episode where he explores community policing in Camden, examining his feelings about the police while observing an effort to change the model of policing that has led to so much violence against people of color.