In addition to his brash humor, comedian Chris Rock is known for his radical views on politics and current events. Most recently, the Top Five actor sat down with New York Magazine's Frank Rich and shared his opinions on some of today's hottest topics, including Ferguson, President Obama and Bill Cosby.
When asked what he would cover if he was a journalist, Rock said that he would go to the streets of Ferguson, Mo., and interview only whites: "I'd do a special on race, but I'd have no Black people... That would be an event. 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 are crazy."
Clarifying his statement on not interviewing Black people, Rock said, "We know how Black people feel about Ferguson — outraged, upset, cheated by the system, all these things."
Elaborating on his point of the false sense of racial progress in America, he used President Obama as an example. "To say Obama is progress is saying that he's the first Black person that is qualified to be president," he said." That's not Black progress. That's white progress. There's been Black people qualified to be president for hundreds of years."
Rock later moved on to talk about befallen comedy icon Bill Cosby, who he shares did not initially approve of his comedic style.
"I don't know what to say. What do you say? I hope it's not true," he said. "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 [Williams], we lost Joan [Rivers] and we kind of lost Cosby."
The full article with Chris Rock appears in the December 1, 2014, issue of New York Magazine.
(Photo: Martin Schoeller for New York Magazine, November 2014)