Saturday, February 19, 2011

Talk About Wishful Thinking...

I've seen this on several left-leaning blogs, none of which took issue with what was said: Chris Rock, being interviewed by Esquire, on the Tea Partiers:

...SR: Like many nice Caucasians, I cried the night Barack Obama was elected. It was one of the high points in American history. And all that's happened since the election is just a shitstorm of hatred. You want to weigh in on that?

CR: I actually like it, in the sense that — you got kids? Kids always act up the most before they go to sleep. And when I see the Tea Party and all this stuff, it actually feels like racism's almost over. Because this is the last — this is the act up before the sleep. They're going crazy. They're insane. You want to get rid of them — and the next thing you know, they're fucking knocked out. And that's what's going on in the country right now...

I'll grant that the Tea Partiers have more or less gone insane. But the idea that racism might almost be over -- and that this was said by Chris Rock, of all people?

Where do I even begin with this? Somebody ask Gloria Steinem whether or not sexism is almost over -- and then e-mail me what she said word for word after she's done cussing your ass out.

Racism isn't almost over. It isn't even in the "almost over" ballpark. In fact, there is no such ballpark. Which means that racism is not going to end anytime soon -- if ever. See, the Tea Party movement is nothing new under the sun in this country; it's merely the same old white right racism under a new name. Before the Tea Party, there was the Christian Patriot movement. Before them, there was the John Birch Society. And before them, there was the Ku Klux Klan.

And the Klan, the Birchers, and the Christian Patriots are all still with us. What the hell was Rock thinking when he said it feels like racism is almost over? I'm gay, and I can't for the life of me picture the day when homophobia comes to an end. It's always going to be with us. Some people you just can't reach. Skin color, gender, sexual orientation, it doesn't matter -- some people simply will not accept you if they perceive you as different, and if they aren't willing or able to do something about that, then there is nothing at all you can do about it.

Other than leaving them behind. That's your sole option, like it or not...


  1. The appropriate metaphor is "A light bulb burns brightest before it burns out."

  2. Ah love?

    I got a kid. C R did ask that. My kid's generation does not give a crap about the color of your skin, whether or not you're gay, and many other things. Woot! Perhaps I'm being optimistic, but I see a pattern, and it's not a bad one. I learn from my kid every chance I get.


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