“Cue The Rant!”:: Discussing Race Isn’t Supposed To Be Easy

finalig2

Chris Rock recently did a string of interviews promoting his new movie Top Five due out today where he addressed a wide range of hot topics from racism in America to what it’s like to be rich. And as usual he was spot on. This comes at a time when racial strife is alive and permeating in the U.S. Protests are going on nation wide in the wake of the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases. While there are so many different things wrong with the different situations, they all seem to come back to one over arching point that seems to be the root of the problem.

“Cue The Rant!”

Image: Handout of Police officer Wilson during an exclusive interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, in Missouri

Race in America is a touchy subject in America, as testament to the multiple Fox News anchor people and pundits. They hate stories when it’s obviously the top story because it makes them have to address it. Lincoln Blades, purveyor of ThisIsYourConscious.com articulated an interesting point perfectly in a recent article. He said,

To live in our modern western society, is to constantly play the “Is It Racist?” game, where even the most overt acts of bigotry and discrimination must be ran through a gamut of tests to determine if race was indeed a factor, or if it was just a huge misunderstanding. If a company refuses to hire any people of color, we must engage in a conversation about whether or not there are actually people of color who are skilled in a certain field. If a Black person is reportedly stopped 100 times in one calendar while driving their Lexus jeep in the affluent neighborhood in which they reside, we must talk about their driving skills or the darkness of the tint on their windows. When a group of white teens pain themselves in Black face and mock Black culture, we must debate over whether or not they were just attempting to execute on-point outfits. Why? Because when it comes to racism, the majority class will ONLY accept racism packaged in the old-school style of overt and violent prejudice. Basically, they don’t want to hear your story on how your boss at work uses inflammatory and bigoted language to communicate with you, they want your boss to show up at your front door with a KKK outfit and a burning cross. THAT to them is racist, and everything else falls under the banner of “wait a second, how do you know it’s not [insert excuse here].”

 

And that’s the root of the problem. The majority’s class persistent attempts to quell the uncomfortable discussion of race. Discussing race is hard. It’s not meant to be a pretty or comfortable conversation. But it has to be had to evoke real change.

Chris Rock poses with his award during the Hollywood Film Awards in Hollywood

Chris Rock got headlines for stating Hollywood, the most liberal place in the world, too has a race problem. And it was confirmed with the leak of a Sony executive’s private emails. In a series of emails, Sony executives proceeded to make fun of President Obama, suggesting his favorite movies were black movies. They also called Kevin Hart a whore for not wanting to promote his projects on his social media accounts without compensation.

The media is doing this story no justice as well, calling it ‘racially insensitive’ when it’s clearly just plain racist.

The way these things keep coming to light right after another (Ferguson, Eric Garner, and now these leaked emails) certainly feels sort of serendipitous. It’s almost too perfectly lined up. That’s why I believe this was meant for us to take advantage of. The more things line up like this, the more the conversation keeps going and the more I’m optimistic about real change happening. That’s something we can look forward too and be proud of.

That’s it for this week. Don’t forget to cue the Sir Charles.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s