If only curing racism were as simple as getting laser surgery on your eyes.
Shaka King, with some help from Lakeith Stanfield (Atlanta, Get Out), recently dropped a comedy sketch where people cure themselves of prejudice and racism through laser treatment.
“Do you suffer from racial glaucoma,” Stanfield begins as the sketch goes through multiple scenarios of people (mainly white) displaying their prejudice against people of color. “What if I told you it was possible to stop acting like a f**king idiot?”
From there, Stanfield introduces a procedure called “LaZercism,” where a “700 watt, ultralight beam cuts through the calcified layers of white supremacy, obstructing your visual cortex, enabling you to truly see for the very first time.”
The scene then transitions into a dramatization of the McKinney, Texas, pool party incident, where police officer Eric Casebolt pinned 15-year-old Dajerria Becton to the ground and brandished his weapon aggressively around other teenagers present.
“All I saw was blackness, just this tidal wave of blackness coming to crush me,” an actor portraying Casebolt says. “…I had my first LaZercism treatment and I realized ‘Holy s**t, I beat up a 15-year-old girl in a bathing suit.’ Forget sensitivity training, forget body cameras. Every cop, every DA, every judge should be required to get LaZercism. How’re we supposed to do our jobs when we can’t even see?”
The sketch also has a black woman speak on getting the LaZercism treatment herself after enduring internalized racism since she was a child when she first voiced her dream of wanting to be an astronaut, only to get shut down by her third-grade science teacher “Ms. Weinstein,” and her mom.
Watch the video below.