CNN comedian comes to Youngstown, hopes to spark racial discussion

W. Kamau Bell's show, "The United Shades of America," doesn't shy away from bringing up race and politics

W. Kamau Bell has a show on CNN called "The United Shades of America."

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A comedian, who has a show on CNN, did a stand-up routine at Youngstown State Wednesday night.

W. Kamau Bell doesn’t shy away from talking about race and politics. In fact, those topics are a huge part of his show, “The United Shades of America.”

He’s also more than willing to crack a few jokes about the Presidential campaign.

“I think the election is a car crash through tar fields,” Bell said.

Many people think this election has become a joke, but it’s a joke Bell is willing to make. Just don’t get him started on Donald Trump.

“He’s just a troublemaker. If he were a kid, you’d put him in the dunce’s chair,” he said. “He’s a troublemaker and I think he’s having a good time making a lot of trouble. I’m not actually sure he even wants the job.”

Then there’s the intersection of race and Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Last week, she said half of Trump’s supporters are “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, you name it.”

Bell, who tours the country talking about race in his comedy act, agrees with her.

“I think there is certainly a core of Trump supporters. They’ve branded themselves the alt-right, who are all those things.”

Bell was at Stambaugh Auditorium Wednesday evening, but he lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. He says he supports Colin Kaepernick, a 49ers quarterback, who knelt for the National Anthem to raise awareness of inequalities facing the black community.

“I sit with Kaepernick and I also throw up the Black Power fist, to make it clear this is how I feel about Colin Kaepernick. I’m with you, brother.”

One thing Kaepernick has talked about is wanting to spark a discussion about race in America.

Bell is much the same way. He says whether you love his comedy or hate his comedy, he wants to get people talking about race and racial issues.

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