I generally love Chris Rock and think his comedy and socio-political statements are right on. Sometimes the things he says are harsh in the way they sound, but nevertheless it is also often hard not to see the truth in what he is saying.
I have to disagree with him though on what he tweeted on the 4th of July, a tweet that has not surprisingly sparked a bit of controversy.
Here is what Rock tweeted:
Happy white peoples independence day the slaves weren’t free but I’m sure they enjoyed fireworks.
Clearly Rock is having some fun with the statement and I get that. But what I think is unnecessary and wrong is to say the 4th of July is a celebration for Whites only. Last I looked, Rock, like me, is an American. The 4th of July celebrates the independence of this country, regardless of the circumstance at that time for Blacks, Native people, women, or anyone else. It celebrates the birth of an imperfect nation, but one that has evolved and is still evolving and one that allows Rock to be the millionaire I presume him to be. Were it not for that independence, this nation, and what he is free to do today, regardless of how it started, would not be here as we know it. That is a cause for everybody to celebrate, not just White people since they were not the only ones who have benefited from the birth of this nation.
Again, I get that he was partially joking. But I also suspect he was not totally being facetious. For the part of him that was not joking, I say to Rock, Blacks and other non-Whites have great reason to enjoy the 4th of July, because it began a process that has given us a lot to be thankful for, as imperfect as it was at its inception.