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A controversial incident in which a white police officer pulled a gun on black teens at a McKinney, Texas, pool party was progress in this country's fractured race relations, according to The Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams.
“It’s progress because a cop pulled a gun on a group of black kids and nobody is dead,” said Williams in the segment, titled “Assault Swim.”
Williams’ tongue-in-cheek nod highlights deadly incidents of police violence that have kept cropping up in recent years, illustrating a long-standing complaint of black communities: disproportionate policing and violence from predominantly white law enforcement.
The video features Williams wearing what she calls a “McKinney Bikini”: Part swimwear, part body armor, Williams' getup illustrates what it takes to stay safe for black teens—even at the pool.
Williams’ commentary reminds us that segregation at swimming pools is deeply rooted in American history, persisting legally at many community pools until the Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964 and lingering through social stigma thereafter.
Williams also reviewed pool etiquette: “No running, no splashing, no talking back, and, if at all possible, get your ass even further into the ground than it is.”