In an interview with The New York Times, Larry Wilmore, the host of Comedy Central's new The Nightly Show, admitted to voting for President Obama because of the color of his skin. But when asked if he could vote in the same way for Dr. Ben Carson, Wilmore didn't think he could.
"I’m a big fan of Obama," Wilmore said. "But I didn’t vote for his policy, I voted for him because he’s black. The policy I agree with is the policy that he’s black."
However, to be faced with the decision to vote for Dr. Carson if he becomes a candidate in the 2016 presidential election, Wilmore said he won't be able to employ the same racist standards:
See, I have already voted for the first black president. That can never happen again. So I am now free from voting for someone because they are black. Sorry, second brother. Now you gotta show me what you got.
Wilmore had other remarks on racism. Sarcastically, he said of getting his own late night show: "I think racism is done. I think we’ve figured it out. I think the country is moving on. We’ve solved it all, thank God. Thanks, America! Right when a brother gets a show, race is no longer an issue."
Then added, "Six white hosts and one black host? Yes, there is no more white privilege."