Amber Ruffin Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a Song

Amber Ruffin Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a Song

-Today is
Martin Luther King Day. Here to celebrate is one
of our writers. Please give it up
for Amber Ruffin, everyone. [ Cheering and applause ]
♪♪ -♪ Get up and shout, Yay! ♪ ♪ It’s Martin Luther King Day ♪ ♪ It’s a day we look upon ♪ ♪ With happiness and cheer ♪ ♪ Get up and shout, Yay! ♪ ♪ It’s Martin Luther King Day ♪ ♪ It’s the day we remember ♪ ♪ What he was fightin’ for ♪ ♪♪ ♪ A bunch of laws were made ♪ ♪ To keep Black people
oppressed ♪ ♪ So Black people organized ♪ ♪ To try to clean this mess ♪ ♪ So MLK said, Hey, America? ♪ ♪ We want civil rights ♪ ♪ And they said, Mm, maybe ♪ ♪ Just not as much as whites ♪ ♪ A lot of white people
got upset ♪ ♪ That we even dared to ask ♪ ♪ And that’s
the really crazy part ♪ So let’s spend
some time there. They hated Black people so bad,
[ Laughter ] they couldn’t even sit next
to them on a bus! And they didn’t just go away. They’re still alive and voting. Like people always look
at the civil rights movement as like this little bit of time, but it lasted for [bleep] ever! [ Laughter ] And it’s still kind of going on! [ Laughter ] ♪♪ [ Cheering and applause ] ♪ Get up and shout, Yay! ♪ ♪ It’s Martin Luther King Day ♪ ♪ It’s a day we look upon ♪ ♪ With happiness and cheer ♪ ♪ Get up and shout, Yay! ♪ ♪ It’s Martin Luther King Day ♪ ♪ If you love freedom ♪ ♪ It’s the best day
of the year ♪ [ Cheering ]
♪♪ ♪ So MLK makes me go, Yay! ♪ ‘Cause it’s like dang! [ Laughter ]
You know, we’re always talking about white supremacy and how
like it’s a few idiots, but it’s a lotta people. It’s what killed
Martin Luther King and it’s still around and that
[bleep] is infuriating! Like calling out injustice
all the time can really get a person down.
-Whoo! Like you could literally
be pointing it out all day, every day,
and you wouldn’t get it all! But it’s like,
if you don’t do it, who else is gonna do it? You feel like
this huge mountain, it’s this huge mountain you couldn’t possibly
make a dent in. ♪♪ [ Laughter ] But, you know, MLK was
always hopeful, so like… [ Cheer ] …I choose to be hopeful, too. [ Cheering and applause ] ♪ Get up and shout, Yay! ♪
-♪ Yay! ♪ ♪ It’s Martin Luther King Day
Oh, yeah! ♪ ♪ It’s a day we understand ♪ ♪ How great we all can be ♪ ♪ Get up and shout ♪
-♪ Yay! ♪ -♪ It’s Martin Luther King Day ♪ ♪ If you love freedom ♪ ♪ It’s the best day ♪ ♪ Of the year! ♪ [ Cheering, whistling,
and applause ] -Amber Ruffin, everybody!


  1. Screw his tax returns. I feel like we deserve an MRI of his senile brain so we can see all the areas of his brain that is dead.

  2. 1865 Slavery Ends
    1965 Voting Rights passed

    They waited for every slave to die before guaranteeing the right to vote…

    1988 Fair Housing passed…

    "It was a long time ago" … sure…

  3. It is deprivation that causes racism especially in young men a strong positive leader like Bernie Sanders is well overdue, and with his prospects for America the poverty deprivation the mistrust of authority and government will be diminished. If your life is better you do not need to criticize everybody else for your misfortune people who are struggling more than you. It is partly Human Nature people act like this, they are treated like dogs so they think they should treat other people unfortunate minorities like dogs with hatred and vile as well. it gives them a sense of power makes them feel better about themselves but not tackling the real misjustice and issues in Society and their own lives. That's why Donald Trump won, But he is a false prophet for these people and America. Hopefully they wake up and have a true leader not a false one.

  4. All of this is a clear sign for Black people to stop having an individual mentally and stop calling each other the N word and start calling each other Brother and Sister again.

  5. Why would anyone fight for the right to sit next to white people on a bus? I don't want to sit next to white people on a bus, and I'm white! 🤨

  6. Martin Luther King regularly gets dishonored by lying about his real political message, which wasn't just about racial justice but economic justice. But that never gets mentioned. Even here, nothing about his socialist or social democratic politics and only about the racial injustice.
    Even this video is a whitewashing (pun intended).

    Cute, but bad. Very very bad.

  7. Yeah, it’s really hard to believe there are so many idiots out there who are racist and seem to have zero common sense

  8. I don't remember who said it but, "the poorest white person in America will accept their position and take solace in the fact that no matter their lot in life, they can always claim to be superior to a black person."

  9. "They didn't just go away. They're still alive and voting."
    This part!

    "Like people always look at the Civil Rights movement like this little bit of time but it Iasted for f**king ever!"
    THIS part!

    "And it's still kind of going on!"


  10. when she talked about him always being hopeful, I thought she was gonna come back and talk about his beliefs transforming just before his assassination and his dissolution with american public and government, and the idea that he wasn't given the opportunity to lose hope because he was murdered.

  11. Martin Luther King advocated Democratic socialism:

    “I imagine you already know that I am much more socialistic in my economic theory than capitalistic… [Capitalism] started out with a noble and high motive… but like most human systems it fell victim to the very thing it was revolting against. So today capitalism has out-lived its usefulness.” – Letter to Coretta Scott, July 18, 1952.

    “In a sense, you could say we’re involved in the class struggle.” –Quote to New York Times reporter, José Igelsias, 1968.

    “And one day we must ask the question, ‘Why are there forty million poor people in America? And when you begin to ask that question, you are raising questions about the economic system, about a broader distribution of wealth.’ When you ask that question, you begin to question the capitalistic economy. And I’m simply saying that more and more, we’ve got to begin to ask questions about the whole society…” –Speech to Southern Christian Leadership Conference Atlanta, Georgia, August 16, 1967.

    “Call it democracy, or call it democratic socialism, but there must be a better distribution of wealth within this country for all God’s children.” – Speech to the Negro American Labor Council, 1961.

    “We must recognize that we can’t solve our problem now until there is a radical redistribution of economic and political power… this means a revolution of values and other things. We must see now that the evils of racism, economic exploitation and militarism are all tied together… you can’t really get rid of one without getting rid of the others… the whole structure of American life must be changed. America is a hypocritical nation and [we] must put [our] own house in order.” – Report to SCLC Staff, May 1967.

    “The evils of capitalism are as real as the evils of militarism and evils of racism.” –Speech to SCLC Board, March 30, 1967.

    “I am now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective – the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed matter: the guaranteed income…” – Where do We Go from Here?, 1967.

    “[W]e are saying that something is wrong … with capitalism…. There must be better distribution of wealth and maybe America must move toward a democratic socialism.” – Speech to his staff, 1966.

    “If America does not use her vast resources of wealth to end poverty and make it possible for all of God’s children to have the basic necessities of life, she too will go to hell.” – Speech at Bishop Charles Mason Temple of the Church of God in Christ in support of the Memphis sanitation workers’ strike on March 18th, 1968, two weeks before he was assassinated.

  12. Amber is wonderful! But come on, you have a band, supposedly a good one. Why is she singing to a stupid track?!! That's an embarrassment, or it oughta be!

  13. White supremacy is not a lot of people and it’s likely not what killed MLK he was assassinated after he started to advocate for the poor and for social democracy chances are that’s why he was assassinated not because of his civil rights advocacy

  14. I guess people think this is cute and funny because she's singing poorly to a cheesy 80s riff and shouting "yay"… but how many viewers actually realize it's a parody of the sanitization of Dr. King's legacy, how only his hopeful optimism is enshrined and worshipped (2:09 – 2:23) while his more critical statements are swept under the rug. As if the simple fact that MLK day is celebrated is somehow evidence that white supremacy is gone (it's not) or that all the causes he struggled for have already been achieved (they haven't yet). It's actually a brilliant skit, but I'm guessing most people (at least most white people) don't "get it."

  15. They still hate us Amber. They didn't like President Obama b/c he was the first black man to occupy the oval office. To this day it still eats away at them.

  16. It's a fact that a significant number of white liberals and leftists joined civil rights organizations like CORE and SNCC and helped end Jim Crow. But otherwise…yeah, Amber's right.

  17. the grandchildren of slave owners are now congressmen, senators, and governors because their grandfathers were never imprisoned for enslaving their fellow man, so no – they have yet to understand that going against god or your fellow man is evil ..

  18. Human beings as Noble and Pure as Jesus Christ and MLK are murdered because they weren't supposed to be born, they were eternal heavenly angels in the infinite paradise of the afterlife.

  19. Andrew Yang is the only presidential candidate running to make Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream, actually come true. Yang2020

  20. MLK was championing a Garunteed Basic Income when he was assassinated. Andrew Yang is championing a similar Universal Basic Income of $1,000 a month for all American adult citizens #yang2020

  21. This lady is a horrible singer. They really should have picked someone else because her annoyance completely distracts from the message

  22. That just so captures it for me. Yep, I just choose to be hopeful but…sigh…you know…sigh…It's MLK Day😆🤨😂🤨😆😕🤣😓😃

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