John Oliver took on New York City’s stop-and-frisk tactic on Tuesday’s episode of “The Daily Show” after a judge ruled earlier this week that the practice deliberately discriminated against blacks and Hispanics.
Oliver noted the racial divide in the city on the issue.
“For years, opinion has been divided on stop-and-frisk, with black and Latino residents of this city saying it’s an invasion of their liberty,” Oliver said, “and white residents saying, ‘Oh, I think I heard a thing about that on NPR. Is that still happening?'”
The interim host admitted that the policy is “easy to ignore for those who don’t have to deal with its consequences.” As such, he took the liberty to break it down for whites who are hardly ever targeted by the New York Police Department.
“For a moment, let me just address the white people. You know how we feel at the airport when the TSA is patting us down, unnecessarily delaying us, looking for weapons which we obviously don’t have and we’re just trying to get to our gate,” Oliver said. “Imagine your whole neighborhood is Terminal B at LaGuardia, and the TSA agents sometimes talk to you like this, “Uh, boarding pass, and what the f*ck are you looking at? Open that computer bag before I break your arm, motherf*cker!'”