Wednesday on Fox New Channel’s “The Kelly File,” comedian and actor D.L. Hughley and host Megyn Kelly got into a heated debate over racism in America policing.
Partial transcript as follows:
KELLY: you’re trying to get out of bounds you are. let’s stay inbound…We were talking about that Michael Brown —
HUGHLEY: We were talking about the young man that just got murdered in Minnesota.
KELLY: And the rush to judgment and the assumption that you know something when you don’t actually know it.
HUGHLEY: First off, what I’ll tell you is this. it is not uncommon for you all to see one thing. The only place racism doesn’t exist is Fox News and the police department.
KELLY: Come on. That’s insulting. You just insulted millions of people watching this channel.
HUGHLEY: You know what? I’m insulted by the things I hear on this network. So we’re even. I could care less about people that insult me on a daily basis.
KELLY: You’re making a point — before the insults, the point you started to make, and that’s true, whites perceive the situation…let me finish. let me just finish. …could you hold the insults for a second so we can have a productive information. You were going to make the point that whites see certain incidents than blacks. we saw that in the O.J. Simpson case. I’ll give you that most reasonable…I would give that. But you know what shuts down the dialogue? Throwing out the term racism before it’s been proven.
HUGHLEY: First off, I’ll say this. I believe there is a benefit of doubt given to the police officers that’s not given to anybody else, and obviously they do a tough job. In 2006, the FBI came out with a report, that police department they were rife with white supremacists. Not me. Why I would believe, if I know that, I don’t know a black man that hasn’t had a run of-in with the police officers, from the high level to the lowest. So my perception is based on I lived in the city that Mark Fuhrman lived in that also had to be taken over by the federal government because it was so rife…
KELLY: It’s very dangerous when you get to the point where you paint an entire group with the same brush based on the bad actions of a few.
HUGHLEY: That is interesting to hear on this network that really is. amazing to hear on this network.
KELLY: Thanks for being here.
HUGHLEY: Thank you for having me.
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