‘Late Night’s Amber Ruffin thinks Mike Ditka’s comments on oppression are ‘da worst’

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Just a day after she and her fellow female Late Night writers ripped into Harvey Weinstein and the men like him, Amber Ruffin was back to give her two cents as Seth Meyers once again backed away to let someone with a greater knowledge of the experience discuss an issue: This time, Mike Ditka’s comments on “oppression.”

In an interview with Jim Gray on Westwood One’s Monday Night Football pregame show, the former Chicago Bears coach weighed in on the controversy over NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, going so far as to claim that “there has been no oppression in the last 100 years.”

Amber Ruffin could not believe what she heard. “Charlottesville happened this summer,” exclaimed Ruffin, “and then again three days ago!”

Ruffin wondered how a man who has coached in a league that is 70 percent black doesn’t know anything about the black experience.

She asked Seth a few personal questions about her, to prove that you can indeed know something about the people you work with. She then asked him what he knew about the black experience. “That is not something I as a white person am qualified to talk about,” Seth remarked, “but from what I can glean… not great.”

This puts Ditka on “daaa wrong side of history.”

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Caleb is a writer, scholar of satire, and creator of The Lanx. He earned a B.A. in English from UC Berkeley, and M.A. in Literature from Queen Mary University of London, where he focused on satire, satirical propaganda, rhetoric of satire, political cartoons and caricature.

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