Ellen DeGeneres said she was “ashamed” as a white person at the number of unarmed Black men killed by police officers around the country.
She made the comments on her hit daytime talk show The Ellen DeGeneres show on Friday to news commentator Van Jones.
“Recently there have been so many African-American men who have been shot by police and nothing seems to change,” she told Jones. “I’m furious. As a white person, I’m ashamed.”
The host said that what she sees is “blatant racism” and that it is confusing to her that nothing happens.
Jones explained to the host that there is a “default, unwritten rule that the police are always right.”
“If you don’t like bad cops, it doesn’t mean you hate America,” Jones said. “It means you want everybody to be treated fairly.”
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Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.