Multimillionaire 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?
Morpheus 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.