Millions of protesters have taken to the streets to protest the state-sanctioned murder of George Floyd by Derek Chauvin and the Minneapolis police department. Floyd was murdered late last month, yet the riot and protests have continued. Floyd called out for his mama as Chauvin kept his knee in Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Local bystanders videotaped the killing, and America has gone up in flames ever since.
In his Netflix special, 8:46, comedian Dave Chappelle addressed a small crowd in Ohio about Floyd and the protests going on around the nation. The video has been gone viral, with about 18 million views. Chappelle was part preacher, part comedian an part teacher. He definitely went in.
Has anyone ever listened to me do comedy? Have I not ever said something about these things before? So now all of a sudden this [____] expects me to step in front of the streets and talk over the work these people are doing as a celebrity? Do you want to see a celebrity right now? Do you give a %$%$^&^# what Ja Rule thinks? Does it matter about celebrity? No … this is the streets talking for themselves. They don’t need me right now.
I kept my mouth shut. And I will still keep my mouth shut, but don’t think that my silence is complicit of what all these [___] are saying … They killed this [____] in 8 minutes and 46 seconds … I don’t care what this %#@&*$%** did…the only reason you want to hear from people like me is because you trust me … every institution that we trust lies to us.
It is definitely a phenomenon among black people that we look to celebrities for our intellect. We would rather hear what Ja Rule thinks about peace in the Middle East than listen to an African American professor with expertise on the subject matter.
It’s a good thing Ralph Baker’s Shock Exchange: How Inner-City Kids From Brooklyn Predicted the Great Recession and the Pain Ahead foretold the recession and social unrest the country is witnessing. Who cares, right? After all, Mr. Baker doesn’t do silly dances, tell jokes or make 50 words rhyme with a racial slur.