Comedian Chris Rock has missed the boat on creating awareness on police brutality when he made an ignorant comment on the topic, making race an issue, instead of focus on police brutality statistics and actual numbers. When speaking with U.K. newspaper The Guardian, Rock stated that police brutality “never happens to white kids” in America.
“It’s not that it’s gotten worse; it’s just that it’s part of the 24-hour news cycle,” Rock said of police brutality. “What’s weird is that it never happens to white kids. There’s no evidence that white youngsters are any less belligerent, you know?”
Somehow, Rock missed the constant flow of news from more right-leaning outlets on white kids getting arrested, even killed, when committing crimes.
The website killedbypolice.net, which tracks media reports of officer-involved deaths, reported that at least five young white men have been killed since the beginning of April.
On Wednesday, the day before Rock’s interview was published, 18-year-old David Johnson was shot by officers in Wake Forest, N.C., when he refused to drop a stolen handgun.
The difference between Johnson’s death and Freddie Gray’s high-profile death while in police custody in Baltimore is that nobody rioted over Johnson losing his life. The mainstream media is not covering that story, or any of the other reports of young white men involved in officer-related shootings.
Rock was right about one thing: Police brutality against black young men does consume the 24-hour news cycle, but only because the media chooses to obsess over those stories, and ignore the many cases involving white assailants.
Rock said he was surprised that Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby charged six police officers in Gray’s death.
“Unfortunately, it may have something to do with the black mayor and the black police chief and all that stuff,” he said. “But, hey, charged and convicted are different, so we’ll see.”
Rock should stick to comedy. Cleary, political commentary isn’t his gig, just like accurate reporting isn’t the liberal media’s strong suit.
Below you can watch Rock’s satirical advice on how to avoid getting your ass kicked by the police.