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Chris Rock: What America Really Needs Is 'Nicer White People'

In an interview with New York magazine, Chris Rock wades into the debate on race.

The comedian says he would love to be a '60 Minutes' correspondent and conduct interviews in the town.

"I'd do a special on race, but I'd have no black people," he says. "We know how black people feel about Ferguson outraged, upset, cheated by the system, all these things."

Rock then explains that he doesn't think African-American's have changed and suddenly become equals or more deserving. Instead, he believes what's "progressed" is the way they've been treated.

"Here's the thing. When we talk about race relations in America or racial progress, it's all nonsense. There are no race relations," he says. "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. 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," he continues. "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."

December 2, 2014 |

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