In a Thursday night Late Show monologue, Stephen Colbert touched on Colin Kaepernick’s protest of racial injustice and police brutality, as well as the protests taking place in Charlotte.
Colbert is a native of North Carolina, where demonstrations turned violent in wake of the killing of Keith Lamont Scott, a black man, by police officers.
The host slyly hit at many of Kaepernick’s critics to make a point about the nature of the protests and ongoing dialogue.
"I just wish there was some sort of respectful, silent, civil protest that people could engage in that wouldn't enrage the other side," Colbert said, with a hint of sarcasm and Kaepernick appearing on-screen.
“If people of color are not supposed to engage in nonviolent protest, or only do so at ‘the right time,’ what exactly is their recourse? What are they supposed to do? And how long until searing frustration at perceived injustice spills over into violence?”
The bit also goes on to talk about Donald Trump‘s ill-conceived outreach to African-American voters.