D.L. Hughley Wants You to 'Shut Up' and Read

D.L. Hughley Wants You to 'Shut Up' and Read

The comedian dishes on women, politics and why America's doing everything wrong

Jamilah Lemieux

by Jamilah Lemieux, August 13, 2012

D.L. Hughley Wants You to 'Shut Up' and Read

DL Hughley

Photo courtesy of Radio Big Boy

to get the Black man declared as endangered species. It took me eight yeas to sell it, but we just started shooting last week. Me and five other writers from ​The Daily Show​ are working on it. It’s funny and sad at the same time. I can’t tell you how sad it is. We may be the only species that was consistent in our own demise. I’m proud of what we have done. So far we shot and spoke to an expert on endangered species, a preacher... we talked to a gay couple that adopted Black children, young gangbangers, a Wall Street expert who works with the prison industrial complex... It’s sadly very funny. Very ironic. Sad and funny and ironic at the same time.

EBONY: I know this is a painful subject, but I have to ask about DJ Daniels [the 23-year-old, who played Hughley's son on ​The Hughleys​, was recently arrested for murder].

​DHI love him like he is my son. You cant spend that much time with someone, particularly during their [childhood] years and not feel a kinship with them....[Daniels] has great parents, I watched them discipline him and I watched them correct him...I certainly don’t think he has done, based on what I talked to his family and lawyers about. [But] I feel like I’m a father who failed his son. I failed. A father who hasn’t done right by his son.

I wrote this letter to Trayvon Martin, it was really kind of all about how young and goofy you are when you grow up the way a lot of us do and the things you do at that age. And the world is so much meaner now. It was already mean before, but we knew the rules. But the bad thing about it is that these young kids don’t.  It’s almost like these young cats have been raised in captivity and turned out into the wild and they have no coping mechanisms. I was talking to these young cats on the street and I asked them if they ever hurt a Black man and they said 'yeah,'  and I asked them if they have ever been hurt by one and they said 'yeah'. I asked how it felt to [see our people] killed by Black people and they said 'that’s the way it goes.' It hurts...The cycle hasn’t been broken. Through all we have done and with all the accomplishments made, we haven’t found a way to elevate or boys who will become men. We haven’t found a way to lift them up.

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