Late Night: ‘Conan’ writer offers slavery deal to tea party

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Earlier this month, tea party activists in Tennessee, seeking to downplay the Founding Fathers’ connections to slavery, launched a legislative campaign to revise the state’s history textbooks. Not surprisingly, their proposal has prompted allegations that the tea party is trying to ‘whitewash’ history.

On Wednesday night’s ‘Conan,’ show writer Deon Cole responded to the controversy.

‘So, the Tennessee Tea Party wants to erase and overlook all the negative things that slave owners did to African American people in order to shine a light on them so they’ll look good,’ he began.

But, rather than get upset, Cole proposed a simple solution: He’ll overlook all that nasty slave-owning business if, in exchange, white people will forget about a few mistakes black people have made over the years.


Among the many embarrassments Cole cited were some easy targets, like Milli Vanilli, Al Sharpton’s hair, and ‘Basketball Wives,’ seasons one through three. But there were also a few more, shall we say, loaded suggestions, like ‘all black people talking in movie theaters’ and ‘black people not tipping.’

After rattling off his list, Cole asked, ‘So, do we have a deal?’

No word yet from the tea party.


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— Meredith Blake