As part of their coverage on the McKinney, Texas pool party incident—where a police officer was caught on camera slamming a teenage girl into the ground and then pointing his gun at unarmed teen boys who rushed to her aid—The Daily Show enlisted the help of correspondent Jessica Williams in addressing the absurdity of the outrageous behavior seen from the officer.
“This week’s incident has taught black people here something valuable,” Williams said. “When you go to a pool party, even in your own neighborhood that you live in, you have to know pool etiquette, which is no running, no splashing, no talking back, and, if at all possible, get your ass even further to the ground than it already is.”
Though the piece is satirical, there is often a sad truth in comedy. While some McKinney residents find no fault in the officer's actions, even going so far as to say he "deserves a medal" for pulling his gun, Williams reminds us that this situation could have ended even more tragically: “This incident is progress. It’s progress because a cop pulled a gun on a group of black kids, and nobody is dead.”
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Naadeyah Haseeb is an editorial assistant at For Harriet.