Donald Trump’s beef with the NFL has left a lot of people
with a lot of questions. But the question that has come
up for me, once again, is, when is the right time
for black people to protest? Everyone has a different answer. For me, it’s, uh,
right before lunch, because that’s when I’m hangry,
right? And after lunch, I get the itis.
I’m not effective. Uh, but if you want to know when
black people should protest, you’ve got to go right
to the source, Treasury Secretary
Steve Mnuchin. I think what the president
is saying is that the owner
should have a rule that players should have
to stand in respect for the national anthem. This isn’t about Democrats. It’s not about Republicans. It’s not about race. It’s not about free speech. They can do free speech
on their own time. Is it not about
their First Amendment rights? No, it’s not.
They-they have the right to have their First Amendment
off the field. -(laughter)
-It’s a… it’s-it’s a little weird
getting free speech advice from a guy
who doesn’t speak freely. My words are trapped
in a prison of teeth. Grr. But, okay, fine. I hear what Mnuchin is saying. He’s not against the players
protesting– he just doesn’t like it
when they do it on the field, you know,
when everyone’s watching. Yeah. Do it somewhere else. Can you imagine Mnuchin giving
that advice to Rosa Parks? He would just be like,
“Hey, Rosa, “why are you protesting
on the bus, huh? “People have places to be! “Take the bus to your house, “sit down on your couch
and protest from home. -Boom! Racism solved!
It’s solved.” -(laughter) And you know what?
And you know what? So, the Trump administration is
okay with protesting, right? They’re okay… as long as,
uh, it’s on your time, unless you’re ESPN commentator
Jemele Hill criticizing the president
on your private Twitter feed. Then, that’s a fireable offense,
too, right? Although I do understand
where Trump is coming from, because Twitter is
his workplace, -so it’s a different thing.
-(laughter) But I get it. I get it.
You do it not in public. Here’s another example.
Over the weekend, Stevie Wonder took a knee
on his own time -in his own show.
-(crowd cheering) And even then, even then, a former Republican congressman
tweeted, “Stevie Wonder takes a knee
for the Anthem during a concert. Another ungrateful
black multimillionaire.” (audience groans and gasps) Ungrateful to whom? I’m fascinated by that concept.
People always say that. Ungrateful to whom? This idea that black people
should be grateful is some sneaky-ass racism. Yeah, because
when a white billionaire spends a year screaming
that America is a disaster, he’s in touch with the country. But when a black man
kneels quietly, he should be grateful
for the successes America has allowed him to have? -WOMAN: Oh!
-MAN: Boo! How is that ungrateful?
I don’t understand. You know what would be
ungrateful? What would be ungrateful is if Stevie Wonder
got his sight back, and then started complaining
about colors. -That would be ungrateful.
-(laughter) -If he was like, “Hey, man.”
-(applause) If he was just like, “Hey, man, -what the (bleep) is up
with pink?” -(laughter) “That’s a garbage-ass color.” It’d be like,
“All right, Stevie. You’re being ungrateful, Stevie.
You’re being ungrateful.” (laughter) Yeah, it almost feels like
white people earn the money, but black people are given it. They play a game for a living,
they make millions of dollars. They’re ungrateful
millennial millionaires who won’t stand
for their own anthem. I wish some of these players who get on one knee
during “The National Anthem” would get on both knees
and thank God they live
in the United States of America. They’re not only free to earn
millions of dollars every year, but they’re also free
from the worry of being shot in the head
for taking a knee like they would be
if they were in North Korea. Okay, wait, wait. You think black Americans
are free from the worry of being shot
by agents of the state? That’s the whole thing -that they’re protesting
in the first place. -(laughter) -That’s exactly what they’re
protesting. -(cheers, applause) In fact, in fact, if black Americans went
to North Korea, they wouldn’t get shot
just for being black. Just ask
Ambassador Dennis Rodman. -It wouldn’t happen!
-(laughter) (applause) So… so again, when is
the right time to protest? Well, according
to Trump’s press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, it’s not
the when that’s a problem. It’s the how that black people
are getting wrong. I think if this is…
the debate is really, for them,
about police brutality, they should probably protest
the officers on the field that are protecting them,
instead of the American flag. Oh, I see. Oh, don’t protest the flag. Protest the police officers
that are on the field. So if you do that,
then no one will complain? -Is that…? -No, no.
That’s not what I’m saying. I was kind of pointing out
the hypocrisy… Oh, wait.
You were just being sarcastic. Well, that’s a great use
of The White House. -Nicely done. Nicely done.
-(laughter) Yeah, but, you see,
you still haven’t told us the right way
for black people to protest. Um, I mean, we know it’s wrong
to do it in the streets, it’s wrong
to do it in the tweets. You cannot do it on the field. -You cannot do it
if you’ve kneeled. -(laughter) And don’t do it if you’re rich,
you ungrateful son of a bitch, because there’s one thing
that’s a fact– you cannot protest
if you’re black.