Posted by Brad @ 5:35 pm on December 1st 2014

“It’s not black progress. It’s white progress.”

An amazing Chris Rock interview, who is literally one of my favorite thinkers in pop culture (and one of the top three standups of all time).

What would you do in Ferguson that a standard reporter wouldnít?

Iíd do a special on race, but Iíd have no black people.

Well, that would be much more revealing.

Yes, that would be an event. Hereís the thing. When we talk about race relations in America or racial progress, itís all nonsense. There are no race relations. White people were crazy. Now theyíre not as crazy. To say that black people have made progress would be to say they deserve what happened to them before.

Right. Itís ridiculous.

So, to say Obama is progress is saying that heís the first black person that is qualified to be president. Thatís not black progress. Thatís white progress. Thereís 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 relationshipís improved? Some people would. But a smart person would go, ďOh, he stopped punching her in the face.Ē Itís not up to her. Ike and Tina Turnerís relationship has nothing to do with Tina Turner. Nothing. It just doesnít. 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. Letís hope America keeps producing nicer white people.

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