Chris Rock says that if he were in Ferguson right now he'd be conducting interviews a lot differently.
In a length interview with New York Magazine, the comedian told writer Frank Rich he'd love to be a 60 Minutes correspondent in the divided town. "I'd do a special on race, but I'd have no black people," he said. "We know how black people feel about Ferguson — outraged, upset, cheated by the system, all these things."
Rock then expanded his comments to include his views on the current state of race relations in the country. "Here's the thing. When we talk about race relations in America or racial progress, it's all nonsense. There are no race relations. White people were crazy. Now they're not as crazy. To say that black people have made progress would be to say they deserve what happened to them before. To say Obama is progress is saying that he's the first black person that is qualified to be president. That's not black progress. That's white progress. There's been black people qualified to be president for hundreds of years... My kids are smart, educated, beautiful, polite children. There have been smart, educated, beautiful, polite black children for hundreds of years. The advantage that my children have is that my children are encountering the nicest white people that America has ever produced. Let's hope America keeps producing nicer white people."
Rock, who's currently promoting his upcoming film Top Five, which he wrote, directed and starred in, opened up throughout the interview on topics including social media, Joan Rivers, his kids and, naturally, the recent allegations against Bill Cosby. "I don't know what to say. What do you say? I hope it's not true," Rock said about Cosby. "That's all you can say. I really do. I grew up on Cosby. I love Cosby, and I just hope it's not true. It's a weird year for comedy. We lost Robin, we lost Joan, and we kind of lost Cosby."
Read the full interview here.
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