Chris Rock on Ferguson, Black Progress and Future for His Kids
"I mean, I almost cry every day. I drop my kids off and watch them in the school with all these mostly white kids, and I got to tell you, I drill them every day: 'Did anything happen today? Did anybody say anything?' They look at me like I am crazy," the father of two told New York magazine.
"It's partly generational, but it's also my kids grew up not only with a black president but with a black secretary of State, a black joint chief of staff, a black attorney general. My children are going to be the first black children in the history of America to actually have the benefit of the doubt of just being moral, intelligent people," Rock said.
Rock told interviewer Frank Rich that it's not black people who have progressed so much as whites.
"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," Rock said. "There's been black people qualified to be president for hundreds of years."
He continued, "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."
After a grand jury in Missouri declined to bring charges against police officer Darren Wilson last week for the Aug. 9 shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown, Rock took to Twitter to voice his displeasure of the decision.
"A system cannot fail those it was never meant to protect," he wrote, quoting W.E.B. Du Bois.