Rebecca Carrollover 1 year ago
I think I feel it's a sort of "too soon" situations -- joking about Hurricane Sandy the week after it hits; joking about adultery a few weeks after your best friend's girlfriend leaves him for another guy. President Obama is black and we need to allow him to be black in a non-monolithic, individualistic way before we can joke about him being white. And also, although long a fan of Chris Rock, I am struck that his best work is behind him. What's more, his best work is when he talks about the reality of black/white relations; not the hypothetical of black folks being white to please white folks, even in jest. If that makes any sense.