Tensions flared across America last week after a series of police shootings, as the police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were followed by the attack that killed five officers in Dallas. Seth Meyers on Monday took “A Closer Look” at reactions to those events to prove that there were as many people finding common ground in the aftermath as there was division and fear-mongering.
In response to the New York Post‘s cover declaring “Civil War,” Meyers pointed to the photo taken mere hours before the Dallas shooting, showing a Black Lives Matter protestor posing happily and peacefully with two police officers. “Look at that photo. I don’t even have a photo that nice with my own parents,” Meyers noted. “There was never a picture that friendly during the real Civil War, unless there’s some Ulysses S. Grant-Robert E. Lee selfie I’m unaware of.”
From there, Meyers examined politicians’ comments about the shootings, particularly those of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani called the activist organization Black Lives Matter “racist,” prompting Meyers to explain the concept behind the name via a prolonged convenience store analogy.
“The problem with you, Rudy, is you’re imagining the word ‘only’ in there, as in ‘Only Black Lives Matter,’ but no one is saying that,” Meyers said. “In fact, assuming the word ‘only’ in any context is kinda weird, just in general. Like when you see a sign outside a store saying ‘We Sell Lottery Tickets,’ you don’t assume they mean ‘We Only Sell Lottery Tickets.’ In fact, despite it not being on the sign, you’re fairly certain they also have Mountain Dew and porno mags … So ‘Black Lives Matter’ is not an exclusionary statement. Essentially, it just means ‘black lives matter, too.'”
Watch the clip below.