Because Chris Rock is promoting his new amazing comedy Top Five (seriously go see it, every funny Black person in the world is in it), he sat down with Vulture for a rather in-depth interview where he shared his thoughts on everything from rich people to Ferguson to President Obama and Black people to Ike & Tina Turner, Chris left no stone unturned.
And in typical Chris Rock chatter, you’re going to want to read this. The conversation hit a lot of heavy topics, but the funnyman kept things light while still digging into society’s perceptions on race relations. When asked about being a journalist and what he would cover, Rock said he’d be in Ferguson right now and that his reporting would not only be in-depth, but funny. “I’d do a special on race, but I’ have no Black people.” Rock shared. That was the comment that opened up the conversation of race and Chris said:
Yes, that would be an event. Here’s the thing. When we talk about race relations in America or racial progress, it’s all nonsense. There are no race relations. White people were crazy. Now they’re not as crazy. To say that black people have made progress would be to say they deserve what happened to them before.
But the thing is, we treat racism in this country like it’s a style that America went through. Like flared legs and lava lamps. Oh, that crazy thing we did. We were hanging black people. We treat it like a fad instead of a disease that eradicates millions of people. You’ve got to get it at a lab, and study it, and see its origins, and see what it’s immune to and what breaks it down.
So, to say Obama is progress is saying that he’s the first black person that is qualified to be president. That’s not black progress. That’s white progress. There’s been black people qualified to be president for hundreds of years. If you saw Tina Turner and Ike having a lovely breakfast over there, would you say their relationship’s improved? Some people would. But a smart person would go, “Oh, he stopped punching her in the face.” It’s not up to her. Ike and Tina Turner’s relationship has nothing to do with Tina Turner. Nothing. It just doesn’t. The question is, you know, my kids are smart, educated, beautiful, polite children. There have been smart, educated, beautiful, polite black children for hundreds of years. The advantage that my children have is that my children are encountering the nicest white people that America has ever produced. Let’s hope America keeps producing nicer white people.
It’s about white people adjusting to a new reality?
Owning their actions. Not even their actions. The actions of your dad. Yeah, it’s unfair that you can get judged by something you didn’t do, but it’s also unfair that you can inherit money that you didn’t work for.
Good right? Check out the full interview on Vulture.
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