Read Chris Rock’s Brilliant Remarks About Race in America

December 1, 2014 9:50 PM

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Read Chris Rock’s Brilliant Remarks About Race in America

Like Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy before him, Chris Rock has spent much of his career finding the sweet spot on the subject of race where tragedy becomes comedy. Recall, for instance, his infamous Kill the Messenger routine about the people who make up his wealthy suburban neighborhood: Aside from himself, he says, the only other black homeowners out of “hundreds” of residences were Murphy, Jay Z, and Mary J. Blige. All hugely successful celebrities. “You know what the white man that lives next door to me does for a living?” Rock asks, pausing ever so slightly. “He’s a fucking dentist!”

Rock continues this thought, pointing out that Barack Obama’s election as president does not signal “black progress,” but rather “white progress,” as there have been blacks qualified enough to take on that role for years. “If you saw Tina Turner and Ike having a lovely breakfast over there, would yo...

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