By Jonathon Dornbush
June 24, 2015 at 03:41 PM EDT
Comedy Central

As the South Carolina lesgislature discusses taking down the Confederate flag from the state capitol following the Charleston, South Carolina church shooting that killed nine people, Larry Wilmore needed someone to eloquently sum up why people might want the flag taken down. So who better than Scandal‘s Joe Morton, channeling Eli Pope, to discuss the issue?

Morton appeared on The Nightly Show‘s panel and slipped back into Papa Pope mode for an extended monologue about the subject. As if speaking to someone wanting to raise the flag, he slipped into a few lyrics of “Summertime” before focusing on the actual issue.

“I am a black man. I have worked and scraped for every inch of dirt I walk on,” he said in character. “You cried yourself to sleep because Lincoln hurt your feelings.”

Morton-as-Pope continued on to passionate heights that while not as furious as some of Papa Pope’s most ferocious soliloquies, still retains all his familiar fervor.

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