Chris Rock: ‘White people were crazy — now they're

Chris Rock on racism: ‘White people were crazy — now they’re not as crazy’


01 Dec 2014 at 11:40 ET                   

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Comedian Chris Rock said racism has waned somewhat because more white people have stopped being such jerks.

“Here’s the thing,” Rock said. “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.”

Rock, who is promoting his upcoming film, Top Five, told New Yorker columnist Frank Rich that he would love to cover the Ferguson protests as a journalist – but he would use a white reporter as a stand-in to ask only white people racially charged questions.

“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.”

He cautioned white people against congratulating themselves over the election of President Barack Obama.

“To say Obama is progress is saying that he’s the first black person that is qualified to be president,” Rock said. “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,” he continued. “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.”

Rock used his own family to illustrate how much racist attitudes had changed in recent decades.

“My mother tells stories of growing up in Andrews, South Carolina, and the black people had to go to the vet to get their teeth pulled out,” he said. “And you still had to got to the back door, because if the white people knew the vet had used his instruments on black people, they wouldn’t take their pets to the vet. This is not some person I read about — this is my mother.”

He contrasted that to the experience of his own children, who are growing up affluent with a black president in the White House.

“You know, my kids are smart, educated, beautiful, polite children,” Rock said. “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.”

Rock said white people must own their own racist actions – and the actions of their racist forefathers.

“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,” he said.

“We treat racism in this country like it’s a style that America went through,” Rock said. “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.”

Watch a trailer for Rock’s new film posted online by MOVIECLIPS Trailers:

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"Rock said white people must own their own racist actions – and the actions of their racist forefathers."

fuck him, did he forget about this?

Whose more racist? Black people or white people?
Black people..cause we hate niggaz too.

http://youtu.be/f3PJF0YE-x4

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"I love black people but i hate niggas boy. I wish they let me join the KKK. Id do a drive by from here to brooklyn." - Chris Rock 1996

Yeah, we really should have elected Jesse Jackson back in '84...

"Let’s hope America keeps producing nicer white people.”


No Chris. Lets hope America produces more white savages. I missed America how it used to be.

easedel - "I love black people but i hate niggas boy. I wish they let me join the KKK. Id do a drive by from here to brooklyn." - Chris Rock 1996

He's regretted doing that bit. He said so in an interview. I think Chris got a little too real and had to back off from it, but of course blaming white people b/c of it. I knew he would regret that bit years down the road.

johnf87 - 
easedel - "I love black people but i hate niggas boy. I wish they let me join the KKK. Id do a drive by from here to brooklyn." - Chris Rock 1996

He's regretted doing that bit. He said so in an interview. I think Chris got a little too real and had to back off from it, but of course blaming white people b/c of it. I knew he would regret that bit years down the road.

How much backlash did he get from that act? Cause honestly it was fucking funny as hell but also well, a lot of it was true

Omg he makes good points and everyone spews out negativity, it's ridiculous Phone Post 3.0

i guess the interview exposed him as an idiot.

Chris rock has never come across as very intelligent to me tbh.

So is he acting like black people are saints? or are better naturally than white people, just white people have been holding them down and oppressing them?

its getting harder and harder for me to not be racist...

Sucks that he had to get so rich and famous in a country that hates him so much. :(

easedel - 
johnf87 - 
easedel - "I love black people but i hate niggas boy. I wish they let me join the KKK. Id do a drive by from here to brooklyn." - Chris Rock 1996

He's regretted doing that bit. He said so in an interview. I think Chris got a little too real and had to back off from it, but of course blaming white people b/c of it. I knew he would regret that bit years down the road.

How much backlash did he get from that act? Cause honestly it was fucking funny as hell but also well, a lot of it was true

He basically said in an interview that he regretted doing the bit, because he felt it gave racists ammunition to support their "hate" by using that bit as an example. You could tell he was given a stern talking to by people behind the scenes for airing dirty laundry.

Tiresias - 


I think the concept of racism, as rallying point for social progress, has outlasted its usefulness. We need to start looking at things differently.


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OpenedUp - Omg he makes good points and everyone spews out negativity, it's ridiculous Phone Post 3.0


Does he makes any bad points to you?  Anythign sound unfair to you or unfounded? 

"Rock said white people must own their own racist actions – and the actions of their racist forefathers."

See, my family didn't come here until long after slavery was over, Chris. Go fuck yourself.

Bry Bry - its getting harder and harder for me to not be racist...


Well you're in the right place then.  There are plenty of people here that will help you with the transition.

Putting all the blame on white people.
Taking no accountability.

Shocker.