Chris Rock on Racism: ‘White People Were Crazy… Now They’re Not As Crazy’
While promoting his new film, Top Five, comedian Chris Rock spoke with The New Yorker to give his take on the race situation in America.
“When we talk about race relations in America or racial progress, it’s all nonsense,” Rock told columnist Frank Rich. “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.”
Rock then said he would love to cover Ferguson as a journalist and would bring a white reporter to ask only white people questions about race.
“Just white people,” Rock said. “We know how black people feel about Ferguson – outraged, upset, cheated by the system, all these things. Michael Moore has no problem getting (outrageous statements) because he looks like them, but the problem is the press accepts racism. It has never dug into it.”
On President Obama’s role in terms of advancement of race relations, Rock said, “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.”
On his own family’s dealings with race, Rock explained, “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.”