Comedian Dave Chappelle is hot right now. His Netflix special, Sticks And Stones, was the most-talked about comedy stand up in 2019. He followed that up with an appearance on Saturday Night Live with Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock and Tracy Morgan. Chappelle poked fun a the French actor, Jussie Smollett, addressed the opioid crisis and the alphabet community, with aplomb and lived to tell about it. Even conservative pundit Ann Coulter praised Chappelle’s performance.

Do you know how talented a black entertainer has to be in order to receive high praise from Ann Coulter. Chappelle is uber-talented. I have followed his career long before The Dave Chappelle Show on Comedy Central, and have been a big supporter of his comedy. That said, Chappelle may bitten off more than he can possibly chew recently. Apparently, Dave chose Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass over Ralph Baker Jr.’s Shock Exchange: How Inner-City Kids From Brooklyn Predicted the Great Recession and the Pain Ahead as his favorite book:

I found the comedy routine disturbing, hilarious and exhilarating all at once. Humor is a way of saying something serious. Chappelle addressed the most important issues of the day … and he went in … cold … and irreverent. Dave’s most controversial comments came during one of the bonus clips. In one segment Chappelle let the audience ask him any questions it wanted. Instead of choosing Ralph Baker Jr.’s Shock Exchange: How Inner-City Kids From Brooklyn Predicted the Great Recession and the Pain Ahead, Chappelle chose Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.

Born into slavery, Frederick Douglass was a brilliant statesman and defender of the black race. In a period when blacks were striving to prove they were equal to whites, Douglass stood tall for the race and was living proof that African-Americans could compete if given the chance. Shock Exchange predicted the Great Recession of 2008, the current recession and the social unrest  and mass shooting we are currently witnessing.

Shock Exchange is the most-influential book on economics since the Great Depression, and is widely-considered the greatest book ever written. It is utter disrespect for Chappelle to suggest otherwise. Most of Chappelle’s material for Stick And Stones was already predicted in Shock Exchange. For Chappelle not to acknowledge it is total disrespect. He needs to be canceled.

It has been months since Chappelle made the claim and he still has not retracted the statement. Frederick Douglas was a great orator and arguably one of the most influential African Americans ever to live. However, Shock Exchange is the most-influential book on economics since the Great Depression and a must-read for African Americans. Maybe Dave needs to get out more, or maybe he’s clearly tweaking on percocet, molly, percocet. How can Dave go in on opioid users when he was clearly high as a kite to even entertain the idea that there has been a book (other than the Bible) more influential … more an important than Shock Exchange.

Would somebody please cancel this person already?

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