A gun safety instructor who told black members of a Las Vegas class to ‘lick the chicken fat’ [their] fingers before firing”, denies that he was being racist, saying his presentation was intended to “shock the system” so that attendees would remember “an important safety rule”.
At the annual Vegas CCW event at the Clark County Library on April 10, Afghan American Nephi ‘Khaliki’ Oliva showed slides showing a caricature of a black man in sagging pants brandishing a side-cocking pistol , and another slide showing a white man with a beer belly holding a cold and a rifle.
The slides were titled “Gun Safety for Blacks” and “Gun Safety for Whites” respectively.
Oliva read to the audience the bullet points pictured next to the black cartoon: “Always shoot the gun upright” and “always lick the chicken grease off your fingers”.
“Always make sure there’s a white person around so you have someone to blame for whatever goes wrong in your life,” he continued, and “always aim for the young kids to make sure you’re actually hitting another gang member”.
Next to the white man, the bullet points read: ‘Always put your beer down before handling a gun’, ‘Always keep your finger out of your nose while shooting’, ‘Always wear a wife beater on the shooting range” and “Always make sure there are no minorities in your decor.
In videos of the event posted on social media, some members of the general public can be heard laughing at the racist jokes, while others express their displeasure.
Many denounced the posts and questioned how the jokes were relevant to a class of concealed carry permits. The speech prompted Oliva, who also considers himself a comedian, to take to social media himself to defend himself and his class style.
Oliva told KSNV that he included the slides “to take a very mundane topic that is very easily forgotten but very important and makes it memorable by shocking their system.”
“Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction, that’s the joke,” he said.
He also told the outlet that there were “other segments in there that also followed each band,” and that the audience “went down.” [him] Back right.’
Oliva has been Vegas CCW’s lead instructor for more than four years, according to her LinkedIn page. He was previously employed by “Las Vegas Gunfights” for over six years.
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Instructor Nephi ‘Khaliki’ Oliva, pictured, has come under fire online for using racist jokes to teach a gun safety course on April 10 – but he claims he was trying to ` ‘shock their system’ so they remember ‘important security to reign’
Several GOP candidates, including Nevada congressional candidate Noah Malgeri, North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee and Senate candidate Sharelle Mendenhall were present at the VegasCCW event
Oliva showed a slide featuring a cartoon of a black man in sagging pants wielding a sidearm gun, along with a series of racially-motivated ‘gun safety tips’
Some members of the public could be heard laughing when the slides were shown, while others expressed their disdain
But many criticized Oliva, with one user writing, “This doesn’t belong in a CCW [conceal carry weapon] to classify. But you seem to enjoy playing the role of fool like any court jester would.
“This has nothing to do with a CCW course,” Jake Wiskerchen tweeted. “Now, thanks to bad judgment, the anti-guns are unleashed with a cherry-picked screen cap accusing gun owners of being a monolithic culture run by racist Republicans.”
On Facebook, Oliva shared another clip from the event where he spoke out against racism.
“I think racism is funny. To be racist, you have to be so ignorant. For me, racism is a matter of fear. I fear you so I want to try to control you because I fear that if you are on your own you will rise above me,” he told his audience.
“When someone talks about racist shit, I think they’ve come out in a pretty humorous way for me.”
Marcus, a black man present at the event, told KSNV he was not offended by the jokes that others thought were in poor taste.
“If that joke was directed at me as an individual, which is how we’re having this interview right now, I might take offense to it,” he told a reporter. . “He didn’t just pick a particular group or minority and focus.”
But many on social media were outraged by the slides.
Oliva, pictured, said he included the slides ‘to take a very mundane subject which is very easily forgotten but very important and makes it memorable by shocking their system’
Oliva posted about the social media backlash on VegasCCW’s Facebook profile
Oliva sat down for an interview with KSNV on Wednesday after the slides gained traction online
‘What a disgrace! Revoke their gun licenses. I am appalled,” @stillpersister wrote. ‘Make it more public! DISAGREE!!!”
Nevada congressional candidate Noah Malgeri, a Republican who was present at last weekend’s event with current North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee and Senate candidate Sharelle Mendenhall, came to the defense of the instructor.
“I don’t believe Nephi is racist in any way,” Malgeri wrote Thursday.
“I understand that his presentation included content aimed at several different groups represented in the audience, but he was mostly directing his humor at himself.”
But his opponent Joey Gilbert, a Republican who vied for the attention of far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones during the Capitol riots, didn’t take the “jokes” lightly.
“The slide that was used during the CCW class that I was invited to attend, but did not attend and had no involvement with anything, is heinous and I condemn the blatant racism,” Gilbert said. ‘Period.’
Both Mendenhall and Clark County Sheriff’s nominee Tom Roberts told news outlets that they gave speeches and left before the offending slide was shown.
ACLU executive director Athar Haseebullah told KSNV the racism displayed at the event was a disgrace and questioned why the politicians present hadn’t scrutinized the instructor more carefully.
He also wondered why it took days for some to condemn the language.
Several Republican candidates, pictured, were invited to the event – ACLU Executive Director Athar Haseebullah asked why none of them raised the issue of Oliva’s behavior sooner
Oliva wrote on Facebook that he was ‘laughing[ing] in the face of racism by taking away its power.
“It’s really sad for me to see how people and the media will go out of their way to spoil what is an amazing experience for some…to satisfy the need to signal virtue and press a political agenda “, he wrote on Wednesday.
“People who attended our mass CCW event laughed…cried…and were educated in a way they will remember for a lifetime.”
He also argued that he, an Afghan American, was a minority, tweeting: ‘I’m a minority and I was the one telling these jokes. I am an Afghan American and come from a Muslim family.
“For you to use my comedy and my event as fodder for your political nonsense is shameful. This audience was MY audience and it was made up of a wide range of races.
Now, according to KSNV, the library that hosted the event is reviewing its room rental policy.
“Library District condemns hate speech in all its forms and will meet to review our room rental policy,” spokesperson Kelvin Watson told the outlet.
“The group in question has rented a meeting room at the Library District and this is in no way related to our organization, beliefs or opinions.”