Chris Rock’s show aired over 20 years ago, in a time when humor hadn’t yet fallen to wokeness. The topic of black men being stopped by police came up, and he made it funny.
Back in the ’90s, comics could still bring attention to a social issue (concerns about police brutality) without reducing the question into a finger-wagging good guy/bad guy morality story. (Because, news flash, Pharisees aren’t funny.)
It’s possible to recognize that public concern around the Rodney King beating was a real thing requiring a real remedy, while also admitting that some of the things done by the people being stopped actually make the situation worse.
Was this comedy? Sure.
Of course part of the joke is playing off the fact that sometimes black people were unjustly pulled over. But that’s only part of the joke.
The other part of the joke? Chris made light of the ways black people sometimes made their situation worse.
But, comedy or not, these days it’s almost a PSA.
One of these helpful tips (if it had been applied) could even have saved the live of Duante Wright. He’d still be arrested, sure, but the lady cop wouldn’t have grabbed her gun instead of a taser.
Chris did this bit during the Clinton administration when Joe Biden’s Superpredator legislation was (to hear the left describe it) stacking up black people in prison like cordwood… but now he’s helping criminals go free… especially if they are a criminal illegally in the country.
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