You know how it is. You’re outside your house, sitting on your stoop, peaceably eating an ice cream cone, and when you look up there’s a gun trained on your face and a police officer demanding that you vacate the premises.
Or maybe you don’t. You don’t, unless you’re not white.
In “Cop v. Black Guy,” a Funny Or Die video written by “Key And Peele” veterans Colton Dunn and Phil Augusta Jackson, a cop accosts a young man sitting on his on porch. Things advance and get absurd quickly — his uniform switches from SWAT to Stormtrooper before we know it — and the absurdity is fitting.
The video comes in the midst of a nationwide conversation about the “criminalization of the black body,” a phenomenon in which the act of walking while black — or, as is the case in this clip, sitting on your porch eating ice cream while black — is met with violence and bullets. It’s as absurd of a reality as it is a damning one.
Kudos to Dunn and Jackson for broaching such an important topic with their satire.