The Tea Party has been somewhat tempered in their outrageous antics since the shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords in Tuscan last month. And while the tone of the debate has been taken down a notch, that’s not stopping comedian Chris Rock from lighting into them regardless.
In an interview for March’s issue of Esquire, Rock spoke to writer Scott Raab about his thoughts on the nation’s political climate. In the excerpt, Rock provided his opinions with a healthy dose of laughter thrown in.
“Like many nice Caucasians, I cried the night Barack Obama was elected,” said Raab. “It was one of the high points in American history. And all that’s happened since the election is just a sh—storm of hatred. You want to weigh in on that?”
“I actually like it, in the sense that—you got kids?” asked Rock. “Kids always act up the most before they go to sleep. And when I see the Tea Party and all this stuff, it actually feels like racism’s almost over. Because this is the last—this is the act up before the sleep. They’re going crazy. They’re insane. You want to get rid of them—and the next thing you know, they’re f—-ing knocked out. And that’s what’s going on in the country right now.”
Oh, goodness! While he not only made our side hurt, Rock also went on to make an insightful point about the adjustment period in getting used to a black authority figure. Speaking of the early days of his eponymous HBO show, Rock tells Esquire:
“No one had ever worked for a black person before. Even the black people hadn’t worked for a black person. In show business, my God, there’s no black people in show business. I’ve never been to a black person’s office in show business, for a movie or anything. It literally took a month or two for everybody to know: I’m really running the show.”
After years of monochromatic leadership, leaders of color seem to definitely throw people for a loop. I mean thinking about it, even though I stood on the National Mall for President Obama’s inauguration, the reality of him being the leader of our country didn’t come until he walked into Congress week’s after to deliver the State of the Union. Rock’s point on America still being in its adjustment is a valid one, but will it ever cease to be relevant?
Two years into his first term and we have to ask: when will America fully accept that Barack Obama is President Obama?