I wonder how strategic (if at all) it is for him to create that aura that he would never worry about being labeled a sell-out or ostracized for pointing out stereotypes of every race, and even pinpointing faults with his own sub-culture of our country’s culture. He “gets it” when so many don’t. He gets to be himself, but at the same time look at himself from an outside perspective. From that of the media, from that of the fans. He gets to unwittingly have insight into perception. and instead of taking advantage – he mocks it, plays it down, and humbles every person listening to him in the room, whether intentionally or not.
On hard work via a monologue for his version of his childhood self: “Many people believe that you can succeed against all odds. And i believe that. I believe that the odds are, if you don’t prepare, you won’t succeed.”
Social commentary on gangster epidemic on the black community: “Why spend the next 20 years in jail…”
On the current road to the White House: “Now in real life, Giuliani is like a pitbull…he’s great when you have a burglar, but if you don’t – he just might eat your kids.”
Chatting with Jon Stewart: “There’s this weird McCarthy-ism going on right now.”
When Keeping It Real Goes Right
I also applaud Chris Rock for not falling trap to the #1 problem that so many celebrities, entertainers, famous people do…focusing on themselves, talking about themselves, shameless promotion of…themselves, to the point where it’s ridiculous really. He keeps it real. Can Dave Chappelle give him a “When Keeping It Real Goes Right” award or something? This is why we should value our comedians. It’s rarely about them. It’s about us. What we do. Why we do it. How funny it sounds that we do what we do. I think Chris gets a bad rap when listeners say that he brings too much attention to race in America.
On police propensity to racially profile: “But this is what the cop heard…and he was black, and black black black black black black blackity black-black, and he walked with a black, and black black black…”
On overreactions of white-dominated media: “I always say there’s nothing that comes quicker than white praise or white scorn…and they’re both overreactions.”
Talking About Racism Creates Racism?
I’m glad someone does still reflect on racism in America, rather than everyone floating around on their 2008 high-horse like it wasn’t just a little over 50 years ago that America learned the name, Rosa Parks. Let’s not act like some of the people who perpetrated grave racial injustices are not still alive. Let’s not act like all his been diluted and it’s water under the bridge in just a short time frame stretching just from my grandparent’s generation to my own. Don’t tell me we are an imaginary version of the Wiggles or The Teletubbies where it’s all “I Love You” and “you Love Me.” I’ve watched with my own eyes the glaring reality when my middle-aged mother married her best friend of 20 years who happened to be black. I’ve seen, my grandmother, with just one generation between us, who I would describe as the most devout “Christian” (as far as practicing, I suppose?) I know, go from completely baffled to angry to resentment to uneducated to fearful to distant to intrigued to accepting to once again baffled, but this time about how she could have felt her earlier feelings about someone she has come to love. Thank you, Chris Rock, for being one of my favorite Americans and saying what everyone else is thinking.
Tonite Chris Rock goes back to what made him so popular, his HBO specials. Here’s a preview of where Chris’s mind is at in 2008 in our current world climate. Consider yourself warned: