Chris Rock APMultimillionaire Chris Rock is an angry man. One would think that living out the American Dream would temper some of his rage, but that is not the case. Americans are apparently too darn bigoted, race-relations aren’t much better than they were in 1861, and college campuses are too “conservative” for him to be happy. But is that all accurate, or did Chris Rock take the blue pill from The Matrix, wake up in his room, and decide that he wanted to go through life seeing everything through race-goggles?

Matrix Red Pill Blue PillMorpheus says to Neo in The Matrix:

You are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else you were born into bondage — born into a prison that you cannot smell or taste or touch. A prison for your mind. Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself. This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever it is you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonder Land, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole really goes.

Chris Rock was not born into bondage, but he most-certainly wears mind-forged manacles. The ideological chains are fitted so tightly around his brain that in his Vulture interview with Frank Rich he says he no longer likes to bring material to college campuses because they’re too “conservative”:

Frank Rich: What do you make of the attempt to bar Bill Maher from speaking at Berkeley for his riff on Muslims?

Chris Rock: Well, I love Bill, but I stopped playing colleges, and the reason is because they’re way too conservative.

Frank Rich: In their political views?

Chris Rock: Not in their political views — not like they’re voting Republican — but in their social views and their willingness not to offend anybody. Kids raised on a culture of “We’re not going to keep score in the game because we don’t want anybody to lose.” Or just ignoring race to a fault. You can’t say “the black kid over there.” No, it’s “the guy with the red shoes.” You can’t even be offensive on your way to being inoffensive.

If Chris Rock didn’t have such ideological blinders on, then he would be able to understand that it is the very same liberalism he subscribes to that produces liberal college campus “free speech zones,” “speech codes,” and perpetually-offended students who have to point to the “guy with the red shoes” instead of “the black guy over there.” The people who don’t want to keep score because “we don’t want anyone to lose” are Chris Rock’s political allies — liberals.

What is most amazing is that Chris Rock laments how sensitive everyone is about what they say and do while he simultaneously asserts that white people should be held accountable for the sins of their fathers.

Chris Rock: 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. There’s been black people qualified to be president for hundreds of years. If you saw Tina Turner and Ike having a lovely breakfast over there, would you say their relationship’s improved? Some people would. But a smart person would go, “Oh, he stopped punching her in the face.” It’s not up to her. Ike and Tina Turner’s relationship has nothing to do with Tina Turner. Nothing. It just doesn’t. The question is, you know, my kids are smart, educated, beautiful, polite children. 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.

Frank Rich: It’s about white people adjusting to a new reality?

Chris Rock: Owning their actions. Not even their actions. The actions of your dad. Yeah, it’s unfair that you can get judged by something you didn’t do, but it’s also unfair that you can inherit money that you didn’t work for.

Chris Rock views all white people as suspiciously-docile Ike Turners, who should be judged (unfairly) for the actions of their fathers. Couple that with CNN’s John Blake, who believes white people are all subconsciously racist, and you have a very interesting scenario unfold: White people should be judged for the the actions of their ancestors — actions which sprang into existence on many levels due to subconscious thoughts beyond their control.

As I said before on this blog, years ago my college professors said I was “subconsciously” racist. I asked them what I could do about my so-called “subconscious” racism, and they said “nothing.” It was an incredibly telling moment. The liberalism of Chris Rock and liberal college professors all across the country can only produce hopelessness, anger, resentment and division. It creates negative feedback loops and a self-fulfilling prophecy of failure.

If everyone you meet is “subconsciously” racist, then it becomes impossible to really ever trust anyone. If the guy you meet at work is automatically seen as an metaphorical Ike Turner because his great, great, great, great grandfather owned slaves, then true friendship and understanding can never really blossom.

Chris Rock wants to see America as an overwhelmingly racist nation, and so his mind feverishly finds evidence to confirm those beliefs for him. It’s an incredibly depressing way to go through life, which may be why guys like me — who used to think he was funny — just feel sorry for him.

Chris Rock’s kids, however, just look at him like he’s “crazy”:

Frank Rich: Your own kids are all girls, right?

Chris Rock: All girls. 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.

They look at you like you’re crazy because you are acting crazy, Mr. Rock. Seek help. When you stop obsessing on race, you’ll realize that the vast majority of Americans honestly do not care if you are black, white, purple, green, blue, or chartreuse. They just want to know that you’re an honest, hard-working, and reliable person with a can-do attitude.

Join us in 2014, Mr. Rock. When you do, then perhaps you’ll actually be funny again.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

15 comments

  1. I used to be a fan of his, but in recent years he’s made idiotic comments like this and I have a hard time watching his movies/shows. I get sick of slavery and Jim Crow constantly being brought up and being told how I’m “subconsciously racist,” which is just BS psychobabble. I’m not racist, and I don’t hate anyone. I don’t have a single hateful bone in my body. This is 2014. Things are better than ever for African-Americans and others, and yet we still dredge up the past. There is nothing that prevents anyone from achieving their goals. Only you hold yourself back.

    I had nothing to do with slavery. I had nothing to do with Jim Crow. Hell, most of my ancestors were in Scandinavia during the Civil War, with a few distant (American) relatives who fought for the Union. So what does this have to do with me, exactly? Nothing.

    Also, I subscribe to the colorblind philosophy. I see people as people. I judge people by the content of the character, not their skin color. And yet to the race hustlers, that’s an “ignorant” view to have.

    Constantly bringing up the past and invoking dead racists sets back race relations. The optimist in me thinks that race will become irrelevant as the number of interracial couples increase, and I’m all for that.

    1. Most of my ancestors were in Scandinavia during the Civil War…

      Haha! That’s another factor guys like Rock never seem to take into consideration. Think of how many millions upon millions of immigrants have landed on American shores since, say, the 1960s. When a guy like Chris Rock starts spouting off this “sins of the father” junk they respond exactly like you did.

      Take Obama’s amnesty…or just the changing demographics of the U.S. in general. The U.S. is going to be very, very Hispanic in the years ahead. Does Chris Rock think Hispanics give a single s**t about slavery? He really needs to start looking forward instead of looking backwards ASAP because the longer he waits the more painful the transition is going to be.

    2. “Haha! That’s another factor guys like Rock never seem to take into consideration. Think of how many millions upon millions of immigrants have landed on American shores since, say, the 1960s. When a guy like Chris Rock starts spouting off this “sins of the father” junk they respond exactly like you did.”

      I’ve responded as such for some time. I get sick of the “subconscious racism” and “privilege” gobbledygook they use to try and shut down debate. I’ve also used a quote from Star Trek’s Prime Directive: “Citizens may not be held responsible for crimes committed by their ancestors.” The usual response is “well, you’re secretly racist and denying it only proves that you are!”

      And like Patrick said, wars, oppression and slavery have existed thousands of years. They like to pretend it was something that began with America, but that’s not the case. It was Western civilization that led to its abolishment in America and Europe. There’s a whole book in the Bible (Exodus) that basically involves a Bronze Age slave rebellion, for instance.

      “Take Obama’s amnesty…or just the changing demographics of the U.S. in general. The U.S. is going to be very, very Hispanic in the years ahead. Does Chris Rock think Hispanics give a single s**t about slavery? He really needs to start looking forward instead of looking backwards ASAP because the longer he waits the more painful the transition is going to be.”

      Exactly, he really needs to get over it. Like I said, I think as interracial marriages increase, race is going to become completely irrelevant.

  2. I have two lines of thought; one: wars, oppression, slavery, has been recorded in history everywhere for thousands of years. I read somewhere once that before the invention of the printers press 25% of humans died at the hands of another (I believe the point was that the printing press sparked mass dissemination of ideas, sparking discussion and improving things). I don’t think any of us, including Rock, doesn’t have ancestors with blood on their hands, all we can do is try and make a better future.

    Two: He has made a load of money in the entertainment industry; and he earned it because he is very funny. He also earned the right to leave it (or not) to his kids when he passes. If he deems inherited wealth unfair then he doesn’t have to pass it on. I don’t see how you can fault a person who inherits money for acting unfairly…..they were named the beneficiary by another’s choice.

    1. He has made a load of money in the entertainment industry; and he earned it because he is very funny. He also earned the right to leave it (or not) to his kids when he passes. If he deems inherited wealth unfair then he doesn’t have to pass it on.

      Exactly. I’m reading a book right now that briefly mentioned Chuck Feeney. Do you know who he is? He’s an Irish-American immigrant from New Jersey who is a self-made billionaire. He was once one of the richest men in the world, according to Forbes. These days he has just over $1 million dollars because he’s given almost all of it away to charitable causes. He wants to bounce the very last check he writes.

      Chris Rock can do what he wants with is money (my guess is that his kids will see most of it, even though he thinks it’s ‘unfair’ to do so), and Chuck Feeney can do what he wants with his money. Besides being obsessed with race, guys like Rock are obsessed with other people’s money. And we haven’t even talked about how death taxes hurt small family-run businesses, family farms, etc.

  3. LOL. It is their willingness TO offend that makes them conservative. Nobody wants to step on eggshells and disrupt people’s feels.

    Rock is getting angered by societal racism, something he can’t control. Isn’t that unhealthy? Why can’t he step back and trust his kids will be fine?

    1. Why can’t he step back and trust his kids will be fine?

      Here’s the funny thing. He admits he hounds his daughters on what people say to them each day. If he asks them every day “Did you encounter any racist remarks today? Huh?! Huh?!” he will eventually get an affirmative answer. And then he will take those random isolated events to say, “Ah ha! See! I told you they were all racists!”

      Well, no. Not really, Chris. Most people go through life and encounter jerks from time-to-time. I’ve had some people say really mean things to me over the course of 36 years, but (shocker) those episodes are insensitivity didn’t alter the trajectory of my life.

  4. Dude, I’m getting old. It’s WhoSay, which allows you to tweet, Facebook, and Instagram simultaneously.

    This is one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard of

    If Rosa Parks had one of the most popular daytime TV shows, I’m sure the civil-rights movement would’ve moved a little bit faster too.

    But what if she voiced an annoying cartoon fish? What then?

  5. Side note: Didn’t our “pal” xmenxpert take his cues on acceptable speech from a Chris Rock skit, and how it’s “OK” to demean people who are better off than you (“punching up,” was the term he used, I think), because privilege or some such nonsense?

    1. You are correct, sir! 🙂

      “My overall view is that it’s always OK to punch upwards, but not downwards. I’ll refer to a Chris Rock routine: A short person can insult a tall person, but a tall person insulting a short person is being a jerk. Basically, the bigger you are, the fairer you are as a target.” — Xmenxpert

      I’m not sure who sets all the “punching” rules in Xmenxpert’s world. Most people think the whole “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” Golden Rule is pretty solid advice, but I guess he thinks it’s okay to just say really mean and nasty things to people — provided he agrees with the targets of such invective. It’s too bad that he decided that the push-back around here was too much for him to handle.

    2. I’m not sure who sets the punching rules in his world, either. I recall reading that line about “punching up” and shaking my head. So he’s basically justifying saying nasty things to people, simply because “well, they’re better off than me!” But it’s okay for a certain Marvel writer to say “go back to Christ Land” because Christians are an acceptable target in his world, due to being “privileged” or some such nonsense.

      ” It’s too bad that he decided that the push-back around here was too much for him to handle.”

      Yeah, I remember that he threw a little temper tantrum when you translated his pseudo-intellectual “privilege” and “white default” gobbledygook. He’s your typical progressive in the sense that he pretends to be open to opposing views, but is shocked and offended that people like you, me or Hube aren’t just going to let his pseudo-intellectual ramblings go unchallenged.

  6. he simultaneously asserts that white people should be held accountable for the sins of their fathers

    To be fair, I doubt Rock would demand that of Robert Byrd’s children, but only because Byrd was a Democrat and Rock is a gutless coward.

    I don’t know why anyone would blame the children for the father’s mistakes, anyway. I sure won’t blame Adam Sandler’s kids for Adam propping up Chris Rock’s career for the last decade.

    Join us in 2014, Mr. Rock. When you do, then perhaps you’ll actually be funny again.

    “Again?” Where was I for funny Chris Rock? It’s been over 20 years since that guy was first on SNL, and I’ve only been around for “If I talk really loud, the jokes will somehow be funny, right?” Chris Rock, “Makes today’s Eddie Murphy look good by comparison” Chris Rock, or “Only appears in successful movies because of Adam Sandler’s charity” Chris Rock.

    1. I don’t know why anyone would blame the children for the father’s mistakes, anyway. I sure won’t blame Adam Sandler’s kids for Adam propping up Chris Rock’s career for the last decade.

      Booooooooom! And Adam Sandler is apparently an “eeeeeevil” Republican. No wonder he’s so angry. 🙂

  7. I’ve never quite understood logic behind being guilty of “subconscious” …… whatever……..if it’s subconscious and *I* can’t know it. Then ‘splain to me how YOU know it?

    My ex-husband used to accuse me of subconscious thinking patterns that only HE could see and understand. He’s still living in his world of delusions as we speak.

    I do find Chris Rock funny and some of his social commentary in his comedy is not only hysterical, but deeply thought provoking. However, there has been an ENORMOUS shift in this country in race relations. And it’s not good.

    I absolutely blame our current president and his beloved DOJ Attorney General for it all.

    1. I’ve never quite understood logic behind being guilty of “subconscious” …… whatever……..if it’s subconscious and *I* can’t know it. Then ‘splain to me how YOU know it?

      There are scientific studies that indicate that there are some interesting subconscious things at play in terms of race, but most of the time reporters tend to exaggerate the findings or they’re highly selective with the data that makes it into the piece. They’ll often make these huge leaps in logic about what “x” means and then pass off those warped conclusions as fact.

      I do find Chris Rock funny and some of his social commentary in his comedy is not only hysterical, but deeply thought provoking.

      Agreed.

      I absolutely blame our current president and his beloved DOJ Attorney General for it all.

      They definitely don’t help the situation. Here’s the deal: People who do not perceive themselves as being racists do not like it when others use a racial cudgel to smack them over the head again and again and again. Every time someone like Chris Rock starts trying to make me feel guilty about what people who died 200 years ago did, it just makes me less inclined to listen to what he has to say. He’s not helping. Oh well.

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