“Why would anyone care what their favorite comedian thinks after they saw a police officer kneel on a man’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds?”
It’s a valid question that Dave Chappelle asks in his new special 8:46, but it’s rhetorical. In times of rank uncertainty and biblical upheaval, when the ugliest parts of American life become most visible, it’s only natural to want to look away. To Black Films to Watch Right Now; to anti-racism reading lists; to your closest black friend; to the nearest hill, where just on the other side the right spokesperson is surely waiting to make perfect sense of all this. It’s a belief that persists from the days when someone like Walter Cronkite could get on television and condemn U. S. involvement in the Vietnam War and instantly change the hearts and minds of even the most hawkish Americans, including the president.
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