A black guy in a time machine's like, "Hey, anything before 1980, no thank you. I don't want to go."

from Louis CK – On Being White on Rap Genius

Meaning

Before 1980, black (African-American) people faced intense racism after 300 years of slavery in the Americas. Unfortunately racism is still alive and well even after the ‘80s. Racial inequalities have manifested in American society in ways ranging from racial disparities in wealth to poverty rates, housing patterns, educational opportunities, unemployment rates, and incarceration rates.

Police brutality remains among the strongest evidence that racism is still alive, e.g.:

August 1997: Abner Louima was sodomized with a broken broomstick handle while detained in a New York City police station by Officer Justin Volpe. Louima was left bleeding from the rectum in a booking cell. Despite an initial cover-up by various members of the NYPD, Volpe was convicted of assault and sentenced to 30 years.Two officers were convicted of the cover-up while one was acquitted.

November 19, 2011: Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr., a former Marine aged 68 years, was tasered and then shot and killed in his home by police officers who responded to a falsely triggered medical alert device. The family alleges that the officers shouted racial epithets towards Chamberlain, and that he stated that he did not want to open the door because he believed the police would kill him.

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