John Oliver channeled his inner Edward R. Murrow with his latest spotlight on an American shame — segregated education or “apartheid schools.”

John Oliver on “Last Week Tonight.” Photo via

Northern schools are a target, with New York City a special focus.

As noted about Sunday’s “Last Week Tonight” segment: “Oliver wasted no time tackling an assumption people make about segregation in schools.”

Oliver said: “Now at this point, if you are in a city like New York, you’re probably thinking, ‘Oh splendid. I know where this is going: a story vilifying the backwards and racist American South. Let me just grab a handful of kale chips that I can munch on while feeling superior.’”

“That’s not going to happen because the South is the ‘least segregated region of black students, and in fact, New York state is now the most segregated system in America, in large part due to New York City.’”

Even a former secretary of labor cheered Oliver:

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