Dave Chappelle's new special '8:46' mentions black veterans

Jack Murphy
June 12, 2020 - 9:47 am
Dave Chappelle

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Dave Chappelle unexpectantly released a new comedy routine online Friday, though this one takes a different tone. Chapelle speaks out about George Floyd, the protest movement, black culture in America and racial injustice.

It's emotional and angry -- maybe even uncomfortable for some. But that's the point. 

The show is titled "8:46," the amount of time a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on George Floyd's neck before his death. 

About 20 minutes into the nearly 30-minute-long show, Chapelle turns to the subject of a few black veterans who used their military training to kill police officers in the past.

"The guy who killed those cops, just like Chris Dorner before him, was from our military," Chappelle said of a Dallas, Texas shooting of police in 2016 by an Army Reserve veteran of the war in Afghanistan. "And right after he did it, another four cops were shot dead in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Again, a black man that served in our military. What are they doing? Why would our guys do that? Black people from the military? Because they believe, just like they did when they were joining the fucking military, that they were fighting acts of terror. These are our people, these are our countrymen."

Chapelle said the veterans targeted cops because of anger at continued police killings of black Americans.