As Rock sees it, it’s “weird” that the tribulation blacks endure at the hands of police isn’t present with white kids.
“It’s not that it’s gotten worse, it’s just that it’s part of the 24-hour news cycle,” the comedian told The Guardian regarding recent stories about police killing young, black men.
“What’s weird is that it never happens to white kids,” he continued. “There’s no evidence that white youngsters are any less belligerent, you know? We can go to any Wall Street bar and they are way bigger assholes than in any other black bar. But will I see cops stop shooting black kids in my lifetime? Probably not.”
Reacting to the six officers charged in Gray’s death, Rock mentioned that he was kinda surprised” at what happened.
“But, hey, charged and convicted are different, so we’ll see,” he said while giving credit to a black mayor, police chief (and state attorney) for being the ones making it happen with the charging.
Rock’s comments on Baltimore are among a various remarks made in his interview with The Guardian. During his chat, the entertainer touched on Bill Cosby (“The whole thing is just sad”), Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” replacement Trevor Noah (“They hired the right guy”) and his “Top Five” producer Scott Rudin, who got exposed in the Sony email hack for saying racially insensitive remarks about President Barack Obama. (“Scott Rudin’s not racist. Scott Rudin hates EVERYBODY”)
Speaking of the commander-in-chief, Rock mentioned that he still supports Obama, saying, “Oh yeah — he’s been good. Great, even.”
“He wasn’t going to solve America, but the country was off the rails and he was like Alec Baldwin in ‘Glengarry Glen Ross,’ you know? He really sorted shit out.”
As for having a black family in the White House, the former “Saturday Night Live” actor gave his two cents on the impact, which he said affects “white people’s kids” more than his own.
“It’s white people who have made progress,” he said. “To call it black progress suggests we deserved everything that happened to us: the kids my kids grow up with won’t have a hard time picturing my daughters in an executive capacity — that’s progress, you know what I mean?”
To read Rock’s full interview with The Guardian, click here.