Comedian Chris Rock has said that the tenure of former US President Barack Obama was a “progress for White people” and not the Black population, per Fox News.
Rock, speaking to The New York Times while promoting his upcoming series ‘Fargo’ opened up about racism in America.
“Obama becoming the president, it’s progress for White people. It’s not progress for Black people,” Rock said.
“It’s the Jackie Robinson thing. It’s written like he broke a barrier, as if there weren’t Black people that could play before him,” Rock added. “And that’s how White people have learned about racism. They think, when these people work hard enough, they’ll be like Jackie.”
Rock said “the real narrative should be that these people, the Black people, are being abused by a group of people that are mentally handicapped. And we’re trying to get them past their mental handicaps to see that all people are equal,” he said.
“It’s the Jackie Robinson thing. It’s written like he broke a barrier, as if there weren’t Black people that could play before him.”
The comedian reasoned that “humanity isn’t progress” but that it should be expected.
“It’s only progress for the person that’s taking your humanity. If a woman’s in an abusive relationship and her husband stops beating her, you wouldn’t say she’s made progress, right? But that’s what we do with Black people. We’re constantly told that we’re making progress,” Rock said. “The relationship we’re in — the arranged marriage that we’re in; it’s that we’re getting beat less.”
In an indirect way Rock acknowledges a phenomenon many ignore: white liberals, without which Obama could not be president, elected Obama due to their white guilt.