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The Genius of That SNL Sketch on Race

On the latest episode, the show departed from its dependence on guest stars to deliver a fresh, hilarious take on stereotypes.
Source: Will Heath / NBC

Newscasters should never riff on race while reading the day’s headlines, let alone play games on the subject. But during Saturday Night Live’s latest episode, a group of anchors did exactly that in a memorable sketch from an otherwise uneven night.

“” began with a classic setup: the local news program, set somewhere in Florida, with four anchors (played

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