Amber Ruffin, a writer on Late Night with Seth Meyers, responded to the Democratic Senator Doug Jones's victory in the Alabama special election over his controversial Republican opponent, Roy Moore.
Her segment commenting on why black women should be running the country racked up praise from viewers.
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Jones claimed the Alabama Senate seat by a narrow margin. According to exit polls, 72 percent of white men and 63 percent of white men voted for Moore. But Jones came ahead with votes cast for him by 93 percent of black men and 98 percent of black women.
Ruffin sang her praises for the African American votes that turned the tide in Alabama.
"As a black woman, I just have two things to say about last night's election," she said on Late Night.
You're welcome! While all of America was on the edge of their seats waiting to see if an accused pedophile would get into the United States senate, 98 percent of black women in Alabama voted for the other guy because my dad says, 'black women laugh and joke but we don't play.'
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"The women who saved us last night weren't just black women. They were black women in Alabama. Do you know what they have to go through every day?"
Ruffin then broke down for the audience the issues that typically plague the minds of African American residents in Alabama.
Those women woke up yesterday and were like, 'I gotta deal with systemic racism, the gender pay gap, the school-to-prison pipeline, the humidity, and now, y'all want me to save America? And on my way there, I have to walk by like, eighteen confederate statues? Well, alright.
She also brought up senior African American White House staffer Omarosa's resignation that, coupled with Moore's loss for the Senate seat, was a package deal. "So not only did we get rid of Roy Moore, we got rid of Omarosa, in one night!" she exclaimed.
Ruffin encouraged the "white people" to learn by the black example and "steal it."
It's called appropriation, and it should be easy because you do it all the time. So, while you're busy appropriating our music, and our fashion, and our big fat booties, try appropriating our common sense.
Her initial response to the trending hashtag, #BlackWomen, was, "Oh God, are we illegal now?" But, after sensing relief from a roundup that wasn't happening, Ruffin realized America was just gracious towards women of color. "That is cool," she said, but quickly added, "When you're done thanking us, why don't you try voting for us and putting a few of us in office so we can run this sh#@!"
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