So Dave Chapelle made a video during the pandemic (is that even a thing anymore after all the rioting and protesting?). I confess I like Dave Chapelle. I think his comedy is hilarious and subversive. In his last special, he described how cancel culture is used to destroy people’s lives and careers. He then proceeded to mock the Alphabet People (his words), and talked about gun ownership. It was funny. He got a lot of pushback from the usual fascists in the media who try to control speech and humor. So he puts out this special 8:46.
It emphasizes the social distancing and the mask wearing and the standard fear-mongering stuff you get from the Left. Then he praised the protestors out in the streets doing none of those things. He used the worst word you can use for a woman to describe Candace Owens. I don’t think he should be cancelled for this, but it was still not cool. And it got a lot of laughs from the crowd, the same people who would demand scalps if it was anybody else. But it’s okay to hate a successful African-American woman, if she’s conservative.
He made a very emotional appeal about police violence and his own family history. I get his anger. I think it is misplaced, and I think it panders to the Marxists who are probably threatening his job, but I get his anger. The George Floyd video was very disturbing. But that was the point. Where are the videos for the other 1,000 people killed by police last year? Probably, if such videos exist, this one was the only one that fit the “all police are racist” narrative, so it was useful propaganda to enrage the mob. Which it did.
He made a false dichotomy in reference to the massive response of police when one of theirs is killed. Police respond with overwhelming force to cop killers, because their safety, their ability to do their jobs well, depends on the unshakable faith they have cultivated in the public that if you harm a cop, they will come after you as one. No exceptions. I wonder if he is aware of the 48 cops murdered in 2019, or the 56 murdered on the job the year before that? That’s a lot more than the 9 unarmed black suspects killed by police last year, or the 19 white (if you care about such distinctions).
Police kill people every year. Most of those deaths are justifiable, as the perps are trying to harm the police or harm others. In the very few cases where a cop wrongly kills someone, they need to be prosecuted. And they are. Nobody is killing black people and covering up the crimes. This ain’t Mississippi Burning.
He was factually wrong on Frederick Douglass being the last African-American invited to the White House until Woodrow Wilson’s presidency (who was a monstrous bigot who single-handedly revived the waning KKK and re-segregated the military). I think it was probably meant to slander Republicans as being racist. The truth is, black people, including leaders such as Frederick Douglass and Sojourner Truth, had been received at the White House by Presidents Lincoln, Grant, Hayes, and Cleveland. At the invitation of First Lady Lucy Hayes, Marie Selika Williams became the first African-American professional musician to appear at the White House. And in 1901, Theodore Roosevelt formally invited Booker T. Washington to dine with him. The Southern Democrats were furious. I won’t repeat their evil words. Teddy Roosevelt was reviled by the Southern Democrat press. You can read it if you want here (if you can stomach it): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Booker_T._Washington_dinner_at_the_White_House#:~:text=On%2016%20October%201901%2C%20shortly,from%20southern%20politicians%20and%20press.
Candace Owens was right to condemn the character of George Floyd. Character matters. When cops have to deal with people, it is usually because of crime. So criminals are going to draw the attention of police soonest, because that is what cops do. George Floyd was combative. He was a career criminal and a junkie. He was high on fentanyl and meth at the time of the attempted arrest. He fought the police for 10 minutes before they finally restrained him on the ground. And Derek Chauvin, who had a personal beef with this guy (they knew each other from a security job they both worked), murdered him. That’s tragic. And he, and the rookie cops who stood by and watched it, are facing justice for their crimes.
George Floyd didn’t deserve to die. But neither did David Patrick Underwood. Or Dorian Murell. Or Chris Beaty. Or John Tiggs. Or Myqwon Blanchard. Or Italia Marie Kelly. Or retired police captain David Dorn. All these people were killed by looters. The “streets” you reference in your video. The “streets” speaking up against police violence. You are encouraging anarchy, Dave.
I want to know, what else can possibly be done to reduce police related deaths? Every new reform, every tactic devised by Leftists, every sensitivity training course, every proposal – do they really work? Why is there no discussion of black crime? I know Dave Chapelle knows about black crime, because he talks about it at length in numerous specials and on his defunct show. Do you suppose that the enormous out of control black on black crime in our country might, maybe, just a little bit have something to do with the overwhelming police presence in black neighborhoods? I notice Dave is living on a palatial estate in Ohio farm country. About as far away from the “hood” as you can get. Good for him. But it is very hypocritical to criticize Americans, including Candace Owens, and call us racist for wanting to address the problem of black crime, when you clearly don’t want to be affected by black crime either.
Here is a very wealthy black man who owes his success to an awful lot of white folks who find his humor funny, referring to us as “White America”. He’s a talented man, so it’s no surprise he has done so well. But “White America”, it seems to me, has only helped you, not hurt you. I suspect, in an effort to save your career, instead of just being funny, and irreverent, and subversive, you have chosen to side with the bigots. To take a lot of cheap shots at your neighbors, and the police, and a wide swath of decent folks who have no problem with you at all, so as to get some easy laughs from the white Leftists who put “your people” in their predicament in the first place. Just like every other worthless, woke, SJW “comedian” out there. You’ve sold out.
And that’s not funny at all.