Chris Rock ignited fury across the Internet when he accurately tweeted that though Americans celebrate Independence Day on July 4, slaves, in fact, were not free in 1776. Now, in an interview with the men’s magazine Details, Rock speaks out about racism in America, Trayvon Martin and gun control.
Asked if it was too soon for comedians to make jokes regarding the death of Trayvon Martin, he explained that there is never a right time to laugh about that situation.
“There’s no joke there, unfortunately. It’s sad. When you get old, it’s like, ‘Damn it, I’ve seen this.’ I’m from Bed-Stuy. I marched for Yusuf Hawkins [a black teenager killed by whites in Brooklyn in 1989], you know? I don’t totally agree with Bill Cosby. He said it wasn’t racial, it’s a gun issue. Well, it’s a gun-racial issue. You know what makes you approach a 6-foot-3 black guy in the middle of the night? A gun. Paul Blart’s not supposed to have a gun.”
Chris Rock, now 50, also discussed his relationship with the first black president.
“I mean, if I want to talk to him, I can call him. Dude, being the first black anything sucks. But the country was in shambles, and he’s cleaning it up. If you properly clean a room, it gets dirtier before it gets cleaner. Ever come back to your hotel room before the maids are finished? My God! Republicans are complaining. Romney’s complaining. But Romney’s rich. He doesn’t know s**t about cleaning.”
Chris Rock really rubbed some people the wrong way when he stated that even though Americans gained their freedom from Great Britain, the slaves were not freed. He tweeted on the Fourth of July, “Happy white peoples independence day the slaves weren’t free but I’m sure they enjoyed fireworks.”
Rock stood by his remarks and cited his own experience.
“I was [bused] to a school in Gerritsen Beach in Brooklyn in 1972. I was one of the first black kids in the history of the school. There were parents with signs: NIGGER GO HOME. For all intents and purposes, the United States had been practicing apartheid until ’68. I was spit on every day. I had water balloons with piss thrown at me. I was f***ing Carrie.”
Do you agree with Rock’s view of racism in America?