Chris Rock On Obama-Era Hatred: Racism’s One Last Temper Tantrum Before It Goes To Sleep

From an Esquire interview online now:

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.

SR: I hope so. Because it seems like a lot of people feel they just can’t live with this man being president.

CR: It’s a lot, man. I remember when I had my show [The Chris Rock Show on HBO], I used to run my show. It was so hard to get people to bring sketches to me. No one had ever worked for a black person before. Even the black people hadn’t worked for a black person. In show business, my God, there’s no black people in show business. I’ve never been to a black person’s office in show business, for a movie or anything. It literally took a month or two for everybody to know: I’m really running the show.

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