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Certain Truths May Be Uncomfortable But They Are Still True

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Bravo, Chris Rock! It is not up to Black people to end racism. It is up to white people. That is the hard truth a lot of people shy away from. Black people know what racism is. They know the sting of it, they know the hurt, they know the pain, they know the economical and institutional pain of it, they know the death that results from it. It is not Black people who are out there committing heinous racist acts and crimes. Black people have been speaking about this to the world for decades. If you want a country where a child doesn’t get gunned down because of the color of his skin, white people have to look at themselves and ask what role do I play in this and how can I first listen, believe, and help to end this scourge.

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Frank Rich: In Conversation With Chris Rock

What would you do in Ferguson that a standard reporter wouldn’t?

I’d do a special on race, but I’d have no black people.

Well, that would be much more revealing.

Yes, that would be an event. Here’s the thing. When we talk about race relations in America or racial progress, it’s all nonsense. There are no race relations. White people were crazy. Now they’re not as crazy. To say that black people have made progress would be to say they deserve what happened to them before.

Right. It’s ridiculous.

So, to say Obama is progress is saying that he’s the first black person that is qualified to be president. That’s not black progress. That’s white progress. There’s been black people qualified to be president for hundreds of years. If you saw Tina Turner and Ike having a lovely breakfast over there, would you say their relationship’s improved? Some people would. But a smart person would go, “Oh, he stopped punching her in the face.” It’s not up to her. Ike and Tina Turner’s relationship has nothing to do with Tina Turner. Nothing. It just doesn’t. The question is, you know, my kids are smart, educated, beautiful, polite children. There have been smart, educated, beautiful, polite black children for hundreds of years. The advantage that my children have is that my children are encountering the nicest white people that America has ever produced. Let’s hope America keeps producing nicer white people.

It’s about white people adjusting to a new reality?

Owning their actions. Not even their actions. The actions of your dad. Yeah, it’s unfair that you can get judged by something you didn’t do, but it’s also unfair that you can inherit money that you didn’t work for.

Would you seek out someone to interview who might not normally be sought out?

I would get you to interview somebody, and I would put something in your ear, and I’d ask the questions through you.

You’d have a white guy.

And I would ask them questions that you would never come up with, and we’d have the most amazing interviews ever.

And we’d be asking white people and black people?

Just white people. We know how black people feel about Ferguson—outraged, upset, cheated by the system, all these things.

So you think people can be lulled into saying the outrageous shit they really feel?

Michael Moore has no problem getting it. Because he looks like them. But the problem is the press accepts racism. It has never dug into it.

When Obama was running for president, a certain kind of white person would routinely tell reporters, “He’s just not one of us.” Few reporters want to push that person to the wall and say, “What do you mean he’s not like you, unless you’re talking about the fact that he’s African-American?” Where else besides Ferguson would you hypothetically want to interview white people?

I’d love to do some liberal places, because you can be in the most liberal places and there’s no black people.

More here

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117 Responses to “Certain Truths May Be Uncomfortable But They Are Still True”


  1. 3 Dudette
    December 1, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Didn’t someone say the truth shall see you free?

  2. December 1, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Outstanding Nerdy, Chris Rock’s words were stupendous. Thank you SO much for this.

    • 5 Dudette
      December 1, 2014 at 12:26 pm

      I fervently co-sign!!!

    • 6 Nerdy Wonka
      December 1, 2014 at 12:31 pm

      Thanks, Chips.

      The interview with Chris Rock was an interesting read to say the least. When I got to the section on Ferguson, all I could say was “YES! YES! YES!” Sometimes it takes a comedian as fearless as Chris Rock to just lay it all on the line and say exactly what we’re all thinking.

      I also loved how he called out the media and their blessing of the racist crap that occurs daily. Take for example the horrific murder of 12 year old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Ohio. What did the media do? They didn’t research the cop who brutally shot him to death, they didn’t question why the car hadn’t even reached a stop before the cop shot and killed him. Noooooo, they researched Tamir so they could justify to the racists that they pander to, that hey, he and his family aren’t perfect so he must have gotten what was coming to him.

      Sickening.

      • December 1, 2014 at 12:41 pm

        When I saw that ‘report’ about Tamir’s father, I almost wept. I just could not believe, after everything, that this was still happening, trying to smear a black victim – a 12-year-old child – by digging up dirt on his family. And the reporter’s later-deleted defense of himself was even worse, he argued that it was important to know what background Tamir came from. Why? Why was it important? More important than knowing the background of the cop who executed him?

        It’s too much.

      • 12 nathkatun7
        December 1, 2014 at 12:54 pm

        Bravo, Nerdy Wonka! Thanks for sharing Chris Rock’s interview and thanks for being such a fearless TRUTH teller.

  3. 14 Dudette
    December 1, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Sec Kerry speaking live now at WH World Aids Day event

  4. 15 criquet
    December 1, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    GM all.
    Talk about nerve:

  5. December 1, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    So, that hack, Andrea Mitchell just compared the St. Louis Rams hands-up entrance yesterday with black power fist displayed by Olympians 25 years ago. This drives me crazy! The subtle, wink-wink racism that is displayed constantly in what used to be the media. It really is not racism. It is white supremacy. They are all white elitists that dance to their white elitists corporate masters. UGH!

    • 20 Linda
      December 1, 2014 at 12:36 pm

      CNN just did the same thing.

    • 21 japa21
      December 1, 2014 at 12:53 pm

      FWIW, I didn’t have any problem with the black power raised fist salute at the Olympics.
      And, actually, I get the comparison. The problem is that she, and others, see that as a negative. I see it as a positive. And I am as white as they get.

    • 22 nospin
      December 1, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      well both scenarios brought awareness to issues happening in the black community.

      so I am okay with that.

      ….still we rise

  6. December 1, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Ferguson protest leaders to meet with President Obama at the White House Monday

    FERGUSON — Several prominent Ferguson protest leaders will attend meetings at the White House with President Obama and other top administration officials Monday to discuss the ongoing tension in that city.

    Obama will also meet Monday with young community leaders from Miami, New York City and Cleveland, where a 12-year-old boy holding a toy gun was shot and killed by a police officer last week, according to a person with direct knowledge of the meeting.

    The meetings come as the president convenes a series of sessions with cabinet members, elected officials, and civil rights activists one week after a grand jury decided against charging Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer, with a crime for the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. And they take place as the Ferguson Commission – a body convened by Gov. Jay Nixon to probe systemic issues fueling the racial tension surrounding the shooting – meets for the first time later Monday in Missouri.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/12/01/ferguson-protest-leaders-to-meet-with-president-obama-at-the-white-house-monday/

  7. December 1, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Thanks Nerdy for posting this. Only when we face these uncomfortable truths and deal with them head on, will we see any genuine justice in this country. This is ESSENTIAL reading – given the circumstances of the last several weeks and months.

  8. 32 Dudette
    December 1, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    It’s not just St. Louis, by the way.

  9. 36 Linda
    December 1, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Hardcore Obama Hating House Republicans Want To Cancel Obama’s State Of The Union

    Even the thought of canceling the State Of The Union demonstrates that congressional Republicans never had any intention of working with the president. Republicans thought that they would take over Congress, and the president would be forced to bend to their will.

    The exact opposite has happened. The president has moved to left and joined with a newly empowered group of congressional liberals to put Boehner and McConnell on the defensive. Boehner and McConnell wanted to get off to a fast start in January, but it looks like they will have the black cloud of another government funding battle hanging over their heads.

    It may seem totally normal to some House Republicans to demand that the president be censured, or the State Of The Union canceled, but this is a party on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Republican dysfunction is about to veer off into a whole new crazy direction.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2014/12/01/hardcore-obama-hating-house-republicans-cancel-obamas-state-union.html

    • 37 japa21
      December 1, 2014 at 12:54 pm

      Let them cancel it and look like little children. Have a large auditorium be rented and have the Senate and House Dems and the other dignitaries come and it will still be televised.

      • December 1, 2014 at 2:07 pm

        The Sate of The Union Address

        The practice arises from a command given to the president in the Constitution of the United States:

        He shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.

        —Article II, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution

        While not required to deliver a speech, every president since Woodrow Wilson, with notable exception of Herbert Hoover,[5] has made at least one State of the Union report as a speech delivered before a joint session of Congress. Before that time, most presidents delivered the State of the Union as a written report.[3]

        What began as a communication between president and Congress has become a communication between the president and the people of the United States. Since the advent of radio, and then television, the speech has been broadcast live on most networks, preempting scheduled programming. To reach the largest television audience, the speech, once given during the day, is now typically given in the evening, after 9 pm ET.

        A formal invitation is made to the President for each State of the Union Address.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_of_the_Union

      • 39 nathkatun7
        December 1, 2014 at 3:34 pm

        Great idea! This would even be better than appearing before these hateful and disrespectful Republican members of Congress.

    • 40 amk for obama
      December 1, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      wtf do they mean by cancel?

    • 45 Dudette
      December 1, 2014 at 1:01 pm

      Please proceed mofos!

    • 46 nospin
      December 1, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      that would be funny to watch

  10. 47 Dudette
    December 1, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Health & Human Services Secretary Burwell is about to take the podium at the WH World AIDS event.

  11. 48 amk for obama
    December 1, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Obama to meet with civil rights leaders after Ferguson.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-30281735

  12. 49 amk for obama
    December 1, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    beebs fp – Critic of Obama daughters resigns.

    a ‘critic’ ?.

    rriight, this is how the media mainstreams racists’ invective.

  13. 58 Dudette
    December 1, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    • 59 Dudette
      December 1, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      “The NFL said Monday that it will not take disciplinary action against the players involved in the protest.
      “We respect and understand the concerns of all individuals who have expressed views on this tragic situation,” spokesperson Brian McCarthy told USA Today Sports in a statement.”

    • 61 amk for obama
      December 1, 2014 at 1:13 pm

      not.gonna.happen.

    • December 1, 2014 at 2:54 pm

      Add Scarbourough to that list. Apparently he went on a wild ass rant this morning about how the “media” is attacking cops and those NFL players should be punished. I sent email to Phil Griffin, Joe’s BFF and boss at MsNBC? I also called NBC headquarters in NY, NY and complained about his rants. The man is unhinged from murdering that intern “back in ’98”. Everyone should complain. It at least aggravates the hell out of them!

  14. 63 Linda
    December 1, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Breaking on MSNBC :

    White House releases report on Ferguson.

    Where can we find it ????? Off to look for it. !

    • 64 Dudette
      December 1, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      I don’t see anything on whitehouse.gov or MSNBC.com about this. Was it just a tease for their coverage of the event later today?

        • 66 Dudette
          December 1, 2014 at 1:30 pm

          Ah! Okay, I so read that and kept thinking “That’s it?” This is breaking newsworthy? Don’t get me wrong: Oversight of militay surplus supplies sent to local police orgs is a good thing, but I don’t see that moving the needle toward justice in the cases that people are on the streets protesting right. Besides the article says Congress would need to take action to curtail the flow of military surplus items to the police. That ain’t gonna happen with the bunch of clowns The People just re-elected/elected.

          So my reaction to this until something actually does make policing fairer and safer: Meh.

          • 67 Dudette
            December 1, 2014 at 1:34 pm

            … “I don’t see that moving the needle toward justice in the cases that people are on the streets protesting right now….” [Sigh!]

        • 68 Dudette
          December 1, 2014 at 1:58 pm

          Ah! I missed the part about the cameras.Ad looked like end of the page.
          [See what happens when you read news from your freaking phone?!!]

  15. 69 Dudette
    December 1, 2014 at 1:14 pm

  16. 70 Dudette
    December 1, 2014 at 1:16 pm

  17. 71 57andfemale
    December 1, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Excellent analysis of the Halbig case that the nutjobs want to use to gut ACA:

    http://jhppl.dukejournals.org/content/early/2014/11/21/03616878-2867881.full.pdf+html

  18. December 1, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    And to add to the insanity: apparently, the only acceptable black person to be in “Star Wars” is Lando Calrissian. Black stormtrooper? FIE ON YOU!

    • 73 Dudette
      December 1, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      You forgot Jedi Master Mace Windu in the form of one Samuel L. Jackson.
      Okay, so he was killed. If Obi Wan can transcend death, why can’t he?

  19. 76 Linda
    December 1, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    MSM is so obviously irrelevant they are laughable.

    Ronan Farrow wants his watchers to vote on whether they think the NFL should discipline the Rams players for their Hands up Don’t Shoot demonstration.

    Hello…Ronan….the NFL already announce there will be NO Discipline you freaking dumbass.

  20. December 1, 2014 at 1:31 pm

  21. December 1, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    You know I have many problems with the NFL. But good on them for basically telling the police orgs to go pound salt over the “hands up don’t shoot” Rams’ protest.

  22. 80 Nena20409
    December 1, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/press-briefing-press-secretary-josh-earnest-37

    Hello TOD.

    🍸 🍸 🍸 to NW and Chips……on their back to back exceptional pots. Thank you so much.
    Congrats to Gold ⭐ winners staring with this post and 3/4 back.

  23. 81 Nena20409
    December 1, 2014 at 1:39 pm

  24. 83 Nena20409
    December 1, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    • 84 arapaho415
      December 1, 2014 at 2:29 pm

      CBS radio news keeps playing a clip from a spokesman (but I don’t think it was Roorda) was said the Rams players’ gestures were “offensive.”

      Cannot believe they play that unchallenged — Darren Wilson (and whoever that cop was in Cleveland who shot Tamir Rice) KILLED an unarmed teen in BROAD DAYLIGHT for walking in the street. Anyone who buys into that idiotic statement doesn’t understand what offensive is, and/or is a bigot.

  25. 85 Dudette
    December 1, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    LL mentioned this earlier

  26. 87 Nena20409
    December 1, 2014 at 1:41 pm

  27. 88 Nena20409
    December 1, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    • December 1, 2014 at 3:16 pm

      That is why he got along so well with GWB…two weaklings who have to pretend to be tough. GWB played cowboy but was afraid of horses and Putin so afraid that Russia will get lost in America’s and Europe’s dust, he has try to rebuild the Soviet Union and NO ONE wants to go back to that madness once they have experienced independence.

  28. December 1, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    from the chris rock interview: “Where else besides Ferguson would you hypothetically want to interview white people?

    I’d love to do some liberal places, because you can be in the most liberal places and there’s no black people.”

    yes, would love to see this at a “ready for hillary” rally. who could forget this “liberal” gathering to support hillary against barack obama:

    any hillary supporters here need to ask yourselves why she purposely tries to ride these people in elections, and antagonize president obama supporters. would love to see chris rock take on this mentality face to face.

    • 94 99ts
      December 1, 2014 at 2:05 pm

      I had not seen that before – hard enough to hear this talk from a GOPer but mind bogling to see such racism from a democrat – makes it even more amazing that pbo was ever elected

    • 95 idon
      December 1, 2014 at 2:08 pm

      Hillary grew up in a Republican home and up until he died, while her husband was President of the United States, her father referred to black people using the N-word.

  29. 96 Nena20409
    December 1, 2014 at 1:44 pm

  30. 99 Nena20409
    December 1, 2014 at 1:46 pm

  31. 101 Nena20409
    December 1, 2014 at 1:50 pm

  32. December 1, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Punks.

    Is Obama Bold Enough For You Now?

    PAUL WALDMAN DECEMBER 1, 2014
    All the criticisms of him for being too “passive” were just a cover for substantive disagreement.

    Remember when the problem everyone had with Barack Obama was how passive he was? In late October, Charles Krauthammer lamented Obama’s “observer presidency with its bewildered-bystander pose.” Dana Milbank agreed that “The real problem with Obama is not overreach but his tendency to be hands-off.” Milbank quoted Mitt Romney approvingly for his criticism of Obama for not being sufficiently “focused” on the Ebola threat (I guess a more focused president would have managed to avert the thousands of American Ebola deaths—oh wait). Anonymous Hillary Clinton aides tell reporters that unlike the “passive” Obama, their boss is going to be “aggressive” and “decisive” when it comes to foreign crises. Leon Panetta writes a memoir criticizing Obama for being passive, but the specific criticisms look a lot like, “I told the President to do something, and he didn’t follow my advice!”

  33. 106 Dudette
    December 1, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Moment of Geek (hold my hand, LL!) 😀

  34. 110 Nena20409
    December 1, 2014 at 1:52 pm

  35. 111 Nena20409
    December 1, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    “R” is always treated differently from “D” by the News Media in USA, period. Those who deny it are LYING.

    Case in Point, once again.

  36. 112 Dudette
    December 1, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Catch y’all later!

  37. December 1, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    The toddlers’ questions in the WHPC brought me back to the hard reality of puerile politics. They are all in full force with their usual babbling. Wow. You would think that after Thanksgiving, they would have grown up a bit, if not laterally but spiritually.

    Good Afternoon TODVille!

  38. 115 JER
    December 1, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Bo and potus.

    View this post on Instagram

    Bo and potus.

    A post shared by Pete Souza (archived) (@petesouza44) on

  39. 117 MadameSoph
    December 1, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Just want to thank you Nerdy for highlighting the Chris Rock Interview. I went and read the whole thing. Not only were his comments on racism spot-on and illuminating but also this:

    “I don’t think I’ve had any meetings with black film execs. Maybe one. It is what it is. As I told Bill Murray, Lost in Translation is a black movie: That’s what it feels like to be black and rich. Not in the sense that people are being mean to you. Bill Murray’s in Tokyo, and it’s just weird. He seems kind of isolated. He’s always around Japanese people. Look at me right now.”

    Oh, and loved your tweet with the pic of DCGopGirl! Ha Ha! What comes around…. 🙂


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