Confederacy: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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  • Confederate symbols are still celebrated despite the ugly history they symbolize. John Oliver suggests some representations of southern pride that involve less racism and more Stephen Colbert.
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  • katie mills
    katie mills Πριν 3 ώρες

    Love John Oliver:)

  • Jack Rockwell
    Jack Rockwell Πριν 13 ώρες

    Confederate statues are the ultimate participation trophies.

  • ChickenWirexd
    ChickenWirexd Πριν 15 ώρες

    I laughed way to hard when he accidentally said ‘sex offunder’

  • BartJ583
    BartJ583 Πριν 17 ώρες

    9:30 is what I don't get. This man KNOWS (or hopes) that his family did not own slaves. He knows that his ancestor was sent off to fight and DIE so that rich fucks could keep their slaves. How the fuck does he not absolutely HATE slave owners?

  • A. C. Abbey
    A. C. Abbey Πριν 19 ώρες

    It was the war of Northern Aggression fool.

  • thricefan89
    thricefan89 Πριν 21 ώρα

    America is a shithole

  • The Centre
    The Centre Πριν ημέρα +1

    Put a Malcolm X statue next to each of these statue with his finger up at it.

  • spongeintheshoe
    spongeintheshoe Πριν ημέρα +1

    6:11 Actually, I have an explanation for that. What the southern states really wanted was _power._ They were pro-states' rights when it allowed them to subvert national laws, but were pro-national authority when someone else was subverting _their_ laws.

  • Mike Wilhelm
    Mike Wilhelm Πριν ημέρα +2

    "Where does it stop?"
    With the traitors. We stop with the Traitors.

  • Maxime Prometheas
    Maxime Prometheas Πριν ημέρα

    The Confederacy is alive and well, and it is still trying to destroy the Union from within. They control the White House and they control the Senate, and have about 40 % of the voting population (about 100 million Americans; out of which over a quarter, or 25 million, don't have a high-school diploma) supporting them.
    The Civil War never ended; the Confederates just infiltrated the Union while they're reloading.

    • RonPaulHatesBlacks
      RonPaulHatesBlacks Πριν 23 ώρες

      Sad but true. And this time they have the Nazis on their side.

  • Waggish Sagacity
    Waggish Sagacity Πριν ημέρα

    You have to give it to John Oliver for exposing the hypocrisy of "Preserving our history" and the myth surrounding the dog whistle of "gosh, slavery? I'm for State Rights, but definitely against slavery,' sort of B.S. His research is ALWAYS solid; his logic is ALWAYS unbeatable, and his daring to say the No-Nos is ALWAYS astounding. Thank You, John Oliver for a superb segment.

  • Meghan Denny
    Meghan Denny Πριν ημέρα

    Nailed it again

  • UsenameTakenWasTaken
    UsenameTakenWasTaken Πριν ημέρα

    Damn snowflakes and their participation trophies.

  • Alba G
    Alba G Πριν ημέρα +2

    America: We love freedom
    Black person: awesome
    America: yeaaah….. not yours tho

  • Gary Wilson
    Gary Wilson Πριν ημέρα

    The amount of dislikes just shows how illogical and stupid those people are, when presented with facts. Objective reality is *not* a strong point in republicans or confederacy sympathisers.

  • Alpha Wolf
    Alpha Wolf Πριν ημέρα

    White Confederates are pure liars. They deserve the death penalty

  • willithebird
    willithebird Πριν ημέρα

    did nobody thought of abradolf lincler?

  • V J
    V J Πριν ημέρα

    It’s not like Northerners wanted to live amongst the slaves. Before the Civil War some free states wouldn’t even allow free blacks within the state. Lincoln wanted to send the ex slaves back to Africa to his dying day. Let s maybe learn some of the nuances.

    • RonPaulHatesBlacks
      RonPaulHatesBlacks Πριν ημέρα

      Nice Perfect Solution Fallacy. The Allies didn't want to live among Jews, and wanted them in their own new country. That hardly justifies the Nazi alternative.

  • Micheal Carney
    Micheal Carney Πριν ημέρα

    There are three stages of a mature, sane American's understanding of the causes of the Civil War:
    First Stage: It was about slavery.
    Second Stage: It's Complicated.
    Third Stage: There were a lot of causes, but all of them were about slavery.

  • Evee Beardsworth
    Evee Beardsworth Πριν ημέρα

    Slightly off topic, but had the guy who erected the Confederate statue on private property ever actually seen a horse?
    I MEAN LOOK AT THIS POINTY FACED ELDRICH HORROR.

  • Not to be racist, but
    Not to be racist, but Πριν ημέρα

    These are southern democrats.

  • w35t51d369
    w35t51d369 Πριν 2 ημέρες

    This is brilliant lol

  • Cristin Weaver Nason
    Cristin Weaver Nason Πριν 2 ημέρες

    I deeply love when johns kids get together

  • javy0820
    javy0820 Πριν 2 ημέρες

    The civil war was American vs American. The monuments is to remember dead Americans that died fighting for what they believed in. Regardless of where you stand, significantly more Americans died during the civil war then any other war in the history of the United States.
    Dems just want to take the monuments down because they do not want their party name tied to slavery and the fact that a Republican president shutting that shit down.

    • Micheal Carney
      Micheal Carney Πριν ημέρα

      What they believed in was that Blacks were meant to be property. I don't have to respect that. As a matter of fact, I have a moral obligation not to allow public funds be allocated towards maintaining and exulting that cause.

  • Richard Richardson
    Richard Richardson Πριν 2 ημέρες

    US is the only country explicit in their white supremacy and racism but walking around as if it's a post racial society.
    If you look objectively, it's orgins are as bad if not worse than Nazi Germany, it just had time to mature out of slavery to apartheid and genocide to give itself a pat on it's sociopathic back.
    The decent progressives of this nation keep it from the grasps of hell.
    Liberalism should be worn as proud as these insane Christian's wear their crap.

  • tihzho
    tihzho Πριν 3 ημέρες +2

    When someone tells you that there's nothing wrong with the word "Confederate" because it means "joined by an agreement or treaty". Reply with, "next time you're feeling happy and carefree tell everyone you feel gay".

  • Cooper Carr
    Cooper Carr Πριν 3 ημέρες

    16,000 people think it’s heritage and not hate lol

  • Imran Baig
    Imran Baig Πριν 3 ημέρες

    12:14
    Well he used to be Batman

  • Benjamin Shields
    Benjamin Shields Πριν 3 ημέρες

    Lol, these numbnuts could just put up blow-up confederate generals in their yards. We all know they probably have about a dozen of those blow-up things in their yards around Christmas and probably leave their lights up year round.

  • david nichols
    david nichols Πριν 3 ημέρες

    The Rebel Flag is NOT a symbol of an "ugly history". The North didn't care about Blacks either! The South was fighting in defense of the Constitution which the North was violating. The North used Black slaves as a weapon against the South...that's as far as they cared about them.

    • RonPaulHatesBlacks
      RonPaulHatesBlacks Πριν 3 ημέρες +1

      @david nichols Northern states abolished your beloved slavery for a variety of reasons, Dylann, and everyone "needs" slavery -- it's always better to pay your workers nothing than to pay them something, if you can get away with it. Our Constitution flatly prohibits unilateral secession, as even Robert E. Lee freely admitted at the time. The racists were not "phasing out" your beloved slavery -- that's hilarious!!! Your beloved slavery was GROWING by 80,000 new slaves a year, from just 2.5 million slaves in 1840 to 3.2 million in 1850 to a whopping 4 million in 1860. And the South seceded over your beloved slavery, declared your beloved slavery the "cornerstone" of their new nation, adopted a constitution explicitly protecting your beloved slavery until the end of time, and planned to expand your beloved slavery to the west and south as part of the "Golden Circle."
      You really shouldn't lecture Americans about our history and law when you've obviously never graduated with a degree in either subject.

    • david nichols
      david nichols Πριν 3 ημέρες

      @RonPaulHatesBlacks 1.Slavery was abolished by Northern states ONLY when they didn't need it anymore, idiot. 2.There is no such thing as "Unconstitutionally seceding". Secession isn't even mentioned in the Constitution! 3.Northern troops were illegally occupying Fort Sumter when the South "started" the Civil War. 4.The South fought in defense of Constitutional state's rights provisions, not slavery. In fact, the South was phasing out slavery, and Abraham Lincoln didn't care if they were freed or not! 5. Whites think they are normal and Blacks are degenerate. Whites don't think they are "supreme". They have much better things to do than concern themselves with their position relative to Blacks. Take your stupidity somewhere else.

    • RonPaulHatesBlacks
      RonPaulHatesBlacks Πριν 3 ημέρες

      Every true Union State peacefully and voluntarily abolished slavery years before the Civil War. The rebel states unconstitutionally seceded and started and fought the Civil War to try to preserve and expand their "cornerstone" of neverending slavery and white supremacy.

  • Rupert Foxcroft
    Rupert Foxcroft Πριν 4 ημέρες

    A friendly north south rivalry is that what North and South Korea say about there war

  • european whiteboy
    european whiteboy Πριν 4 ημέρες +2

    this is like europe thats trying to pretend we didn't colonise africa but still have statues.

  • sam austin
    sam austin Πριν 4 ημέρες +3

    This actually changed my mind on this

  • Allen Hanford
    Allen Hanford Πριν 4 ημέρες +1

    We should make the last day of the civil war a national holiday, celebrate it by burning the Confederate flag, and hanging Robert E. Lee in effigy.

    • Micheal Carney
      Micheal Carney Πριν ημέρα

      Here, here.

    • Allen Hanford
      Allen Hanford Πριν 3 ημέρες

      books.google.com/books?id=8oLT37IFiIQC&pg=PA264&lpg=PA264&dq=%22the+worst+man+i+ever+see%22&source=bl&ots=Et8diEESZZ&sig=ACfU3U1laIGjmYaCd1JRcOEaFa_NzPzR7Q&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwja5bn4sbPjAhXTK80KHQKJCiUQ6AEwAHoECAgQAQ#v=onepage&q=%22the%20worst%20man%20i%20ever%20see%22&f=false

    • Nizam
      Nizam Πριν 3 ημέρες

      @Allen Hanford (Damn school-taught history strikes again)

    • Allen Hanford
      Allen Hanford Πριν 4 ημέρες

      @Nizam that is absolutely not true. While he, like many, believed that slavery wouldn't last, he believed it was a social station into which people were born and they had no right to resist. He once beat one of own slaves so savagely that another slave called him "the worst man I ever see". As for secession, while he believed it probably wouldn't work, he CHOSE to lead thousands to their deaths in defense of keeping humans in bondage. He was a terrible man and that's why the men he killed are buried in his front yard.

    • Nizam
      Nizam Πριν 4 ημέρες

      Robert E Lee was kinda nice honestly, he may have been the best Confederate general, but he was opposed to slavery and session (to some degree).

  • Basic Bunny
    Basic Bunny Πριν 5 ημέρες

    Larry David is such a tool. So he’s excited to be surprised his family owned slaves.

  • fajaja
    fajaja Πριν 5 ημέρες +5

    Is it really American heritage if it's celebrating people who tried to _leave_ America?

    • Micheal Carney
      Micheal Carney Πριν ημέρα

      It is whatever they need it to be.

  • meh!
    meh! Πριν 6 ημέρες +1

    I fully agree with the argument that we should preserve our history. The issue I have is that the people making these arguments don't know our history. As if leaving up a statue of some historical figure magically preserves history. I don't care if the statue comes down or not, if history is what we care about, then take an interest in these figures and find out who they were and what they were about. let's do a better job teaching our children about them. because these states all rank the lowest in education.
    not all of these figures were evil. some are black and white, just like other men we have statues of in this country. PGT Beauregard might have been a General for the south and was pro-slavery. but after the war, and later in his life, he actually began to advocate for black civil rights, specifically their right to vote. He was hoping with cooperation they could fight the republicans. Beauregard might deserve a statue. His change in position later in his life puts him at about the same level as other leaders in this country. who owned slaves and so forth.

  • Ricky
    Ricky Πριν 6 ημέρες

    that poll that asks what the civil war was about is misleading. everyone knows that the civil war was about slavery, and in school we were briefly taught about the states rights yada yada and most people assume that there was more to civil war than just slavery. The possible answers on that poll are misleading. if you asked "What was the civil war fought over?" and did not provide the answers I doubt anyone would come up with the specific answer "It was about states rights" and would almost entirely say it was about slavery.

  • Sabrina Frölich
    Sabrina Frölich Πριν 6 ημέρες

    Holy shit that's not remotely the point Magazine
    🤣

  • bubble tea
    bubble tea Πριν 6 ημέρες

    9:35
    .... eye

  • MICHAEL WESTON
    MICHAEL WESTON Πριν 7 ημέρες

    What a WORTHLESS liberal Cuck!!!

  • The Black Shadow
    The Black Shadow Πριν 7 ημέρες +1

    Cut the Check AmeriKkka!!!B1

  • Glenn Christmas
    Glenn Christmas Πριν 7 ημέρες

    1. There were SLAVE states that remained with the Union. Why did Oliver not mention this? 2. Furthermore, in relation to point 1, SLAVERY WAS LEGAL in the NORTH. In FACT, the Confederate Constitution stated: "The importation of negroes of the African race from any foreign country, other than the slaveholding States or Territories of the United States of America, is hereby forbidden." This is EXACTLY the same as the United States Constitution on the matter!! 3. The North had no problem buying cotton (and other goods from the slave-owning South). Does Oliver think the North got its cotton from those cotton fields in Vermont? -- I'm not remotely suggesting that slavery is/was a "good thing" but to suggest that the South left the Union to "preserve" Slavery is ludicrous. Slavery Was Legal in the United States and remained so even during the Civil War! Fact.

    • RonPaulHatesBlacks
      RonPaulHatesBlacks Πριν 7 ημέρες +1

      @Glenn Christmas Of course states abolished your beloved slavery before the Civil War. As Lincoln said in his First Inaugural Address, "One section of our country believes slavery is *right* and ought to be extended, while the other believes it is *wrong* and ought not to be extended. This is the ONLY substantial dispute." The same is true today. Real Americans believe slavery is morally wrong and indefensible, and you don't.

    • Glenn Christmas
      Glenn Christmas Πριν 7 ημέρες

      @RonPaulHatesBlacks You can write whatever you want, but NO state in the country could, as you suggest, ABOLISH slavery and none ever did (until AFTER the war). If a slave owner traveled with his/her slaves in ANY state, those slaves were and remained their property.
      Get your facts straight. The North fought for slavery every bit as much as the South. Like it or not.

    • RonPaulHatesBlacks
      RonPaulHatesBlacks Πριν 7 ημέρες +1

      Every true Union State peacefully and voluntarily abolished your beloved slavery years before the Civil War, and every elementary school student in America knows about the Border States. America banned the importation of slaves more than 50 years before the Civil War. Your Confederate Constitution explicitly protected your beloved slavery and its expansion, EXACTLY the opposite of the United States Constitution -- "No bill of attainder, ex post facto law, or law denying or impairing the right of property in negro slaves shall be passed" and "In all such territory the institution of negro slavery, as it now exists in the Confederate States, shall be recognized and protected be Congress."

  • Oscar the Grouch
    Oscar the Grouch Πριν 7 ημέρες

    Some people are ignorant and then some people are literal trash. I live in the south. Most people I know own a piece of clothing with the Confederate flag on it. They can say what they want to, but they know that what they are doing is wrong. They don't talk about their "pride" around their African American "friends"; they don't wear their Confederate trash around them either. And they most definitely won't ride through the "hood" with that flag on their truck. This proves that they know they are in the wrong. Either that, or they are just cowards. I am pretty sure it is both, though.

  • Oh Snap
    Oh Snap Πριν 8 ημέρες

    Lmao confedera-she

  • Gretchen Langholz
    Gretchen Langholz Πριν 8 ημέρες +1

    My dad tried to argue with me about this and said that he didn’t understand how people having confederate flags up were any different than people having a pride flag up/celebrating pride. THE SHAME 😫😭

    • The Black Shadow
      The Black Shadow Πριν 7 ημέρες

      Gretchen Langholz Your dad is a proud Racist,Stop the cycle Support reparations for BLACK PEOPLE my friend... Take that WHITE guilt out your heart be really free to live!

  • Yuri Teixeira
    Yuri Teixeira Πριν 8 ημέρες +3

    Wow, this episode was amazing! And...I can totally relate to the question, since we are unfortunately living the same kind of dilemmas here in Brazil these days!...

  • jacob
    jacob Πριν 8 ημέρες

    Anyone else bothered by this moron Englishman dogging on American culture and history?

  • zizinnnn
    zizinnnn Πριν 8 ημέρες

    to be fair, Stephen does deserve a statue

  • Caroline Cooke
    Caroline Cooke Πριν 8 ημέρες

    That racist dude yelling at that black man needs to go to hell

  • Mark Hanson
    Mark Hanson Πριν 8 ημέρες

    Republicans are racist morons

  • Jens Christian Kaltoft
    Jens Christian Kaltoft Πριν 8 ημέρες

    How is a pedo like Tom Hanks good?

  • GentleColt Pony
    GentleColt Pony Πριν 8 ημέρες

    You can't pick and choose to decide what's history? Have you been to a school here lady? We pick and choose history and completely rewrite it instead of stating facts

  • Your Name Here
    Your Name Here Πριν 8 ημέρες +2

    The "states rights" narrative has been crammed down the throats of students for a long time.

  • Denmark
    Denmark Πριν 8 ημέρες +1

    In Denmark we still got statues of former kings during the slave trades. Do we just rip down our history because some minority told us to? Not to mention that where they came from, dictators and tyrants are glorified daily.

    • RonPaulHatesBlacks
      RonPaulHatesBlacks Πριν 8 ημέρες +2

      Did any of those kings unconstitutionally secede from the United States and murder hundreds of thousands of American soldiers to try to preserve and expand a "cornerstone" belief in neverending slavery and white supremacy? No? Huh. That seems like a distinction that easily defeats your lame Slippery Slope Fallacy.
      Stick to your own country, Anders. Leave ours alone. No one asked you.

  • Team Heartless
    Team Heartless Πριν 9 ημέρες

    13:15 clearly jesus wants a hug. That or hes telling us how hung he is ba da tsss

  • Elghin Elysium
    Elghin Elysium Πριν 9 ημέρες

    I have a lot of issues with the common opinion that the civil war was about slavery, it was not. The southern states succeeded because they wished to preserve slavery, that's true, but the war was not about that. The north fought to preserve the union (and to keep the southern states tax dollars), not to free slaves and the south fought because they were invaded by the north.

    • Micheal Carney
      Micheal Carney Πριν ημέρα

      Remind me: who fired the first shell at Fort Sumter? Dipshit.

  • MissKHYT1
    MissKHYT1 Πριν 9 ημέρες

    Bravo for all of this, a properly researched and argued episode, especially that exchange starting at 8:56 which definitively proves the evil of the Confedracy and it's only reason for being - the desire to enslave people of African descent.

  • manb4war
    manb4war Πριν 9 ημέρες

    The problem is we refer to the Confederacy as if it is a PART of America, the Confederacy thought of itself at the time when they declared war as a SEPARATE nation. They attempted to secede and failed but if they hadn't they would no longer be the United States, so the statues represent slavery, secession and treason against the U.S.. Funny how so many cling to the "history" but forget that part where their ancestors were all traitors.

    • Micheal Carney
      Micheal Carney Πριν ημέρα

      Not funny. Pathetic. Part of the incredible insanity that characterizes the Southern identity.

  • Cody Davis
    Cody Davis Πριν 9 ημέρες

    Why does the audio cut out after he says Confederacy?

  • TheMonyarm
    TheMonyarm Πριν 9 ημέρες

    Found a youtube video of a confederate statue being torn down, everyone in the comments was an idiot.

  • oldrrocr
    oldrrocr Πριν 10 ημέρες +1

    7:06 Ha Ha! Ho Ho! Didn't know that Santa was a Southern bigot (but it explains A LOT).
    16:00 I knew it. The "great white wail" is stirring things up again. What a bozo - A US president* defending traitors.
    And I am quite proud of the fact that my ancestors burned a lot of the South with General Sherman.
    The war is over. Get over it!

  • Asa Coe
    Asa Coe Πριν 10 ημέρες

    Well, to be fair. It's not like Trump's ever picked up a book in his life.

  • MrAmazingSOS
    MrAmazingSOS Πριν 10 ημέρες +1

    I'm Black who cares slavery is still an issue today in the Islamic world love how your not talking about that

    • Mark Hanson
      Mark Hanson Πριν 8 ημέρες

      Wrong video idiot

    • RonPaulHatesBlacks
      RonPaulHatesBlacks Πριν 10 ημέρες

      Yeah, the Islamic world LOLOL
      www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/slideshows/5-of-the-worst-countries-for-human-trafficking?slide=2

  • JM B
    JM B Πριν 11 ημέρες

    Colbert... from green to yellow ;)

  • Cat Chameleon
    Cat Chameleon Πριν 11 ημέρες +1

    Sometimes this show is so woefully willfully ignorant. “Why wouldn’t you want a statue of her in your town?” Because they’re fucking racists.

  • Cat Chameleon
    Cat Chameleon Πριν 11 ημέρες +1

    I don’t believe that only “38%” think it was about slavery. These people aren’t naive. They hate black people. Take down the monuments. Stop giving time to these fucking pricks.

  • fluffy wafer
    fluffy wafer Πριν 11 ημέρες +1

    Here in Eugene Oregon, we have a plack on Skinner's Butte on the site of where the KKK used to meet the plack says that it was an illuminated cross.
    many people want it taken down others,believe it should stay so that we remember how far we've come but, I'm a little on the fence.
    The plack has had things smeared on it, graffitied,I've seen people spit on it. But ive also seen people bring there children to it and basically praise Oregon white supremacists origin, I guess it's a question of whether we forget are passed or embrace it,or even better LEARN from it...
    I think it should at least read the truth about the spot" here is where ignorant White people spewed there vile hatred, now look at how beautiful the view is up here"

  • Cedae
    Cedae Πριν 11 ημέρες +2

    I’m from Louisiana and here is my take on it: We had the statue of general lee taken down. Now while i agree with this, i can’t believe the city would spend 2 million on it. Our city is filled with crime and i think that 2 million would be better spent making our streets safer. If we had extra money, i wouldn’t be opposed to it.

    • 1111 2222
      1111 2222 Πριν 11 ημέρες

      @RonPaulHatesBlacks lol ok

    • RonPaulHatesBlacks
      RonPaulHatesBlacks Πριν 11 ημέρες

      @1111 2222 Then don't comment. Worry about your own country.

    • 1111 2222
      1111 2222 Πριν 11 ημέρες

      @RonPaulHatesBlacks i was talking about corruption bcz city is not safe.
      Though I should have been more specific. Though iam not American.

    • RonPaulHatesBlacks
      RonPaulHatesBlacks Πριν 11 ημέρες

      @1111 2222 No, litigation and safety concerns. Had to protect the workers from monsters like you and Dylann Roof.

    • 1111 2222
      1111 2222 Πριν 11 ημέρες

      Corruption maybe

  • Alicia LPS
    Alicia LPS Πριν 12 ημέρες

    I agree, we do need to remember history, however, we don’t need to celebrate the darkest parts of our history. History erased is history repeated.