Three stories that made me feel better this week, as I shake my head in absolute bafflement and disgust at the Eric Garner murder non-indictment here in NYC. Truly, how in the hell can there not even be a trial in this case??? Just mind-boggling.
Chris Rock has always been an outstanding stand-up comedian; I have quoted/stolen so many of his jokes over the years, from his riff on white people’s anger over the O.J. Simpson verdict (“I ain’t seen white people this mad since they cancelled M*A*S*H!) to his famous “N-word vs. Black People” diatribe on his 1996 “Bring The Pain” concert special (one of the funniest I’ve ever seen by anybody).
But Rock isn’t just funny; he’s actually a really smart guy, who always has interesting things to say about our society. He’s hyping a new movie now called “Top Five,” and like most celebrities he’s doing a ton of publicity.
The best piece he’s done, that really blew me away with his insights and hilarity, was with the incredibly talented New York magazine writer Frank Rich. It’s long but so worth it.
A couple of excerpts to get you to click through:
On Racial progress in the U.S.: . There’s been black people qualified to be president for hundreds of years … 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.
On what he’d do as a reporter in Ferguson, Mo. right now: I’d do a special on race, but I’d have no black people. I’d only interview white people. Just white people. We know how black people feel about Ferguson — outraged, upset, cheated by the system, all these things.
On where he lives, in New Jersey: I’m in Alpine. That’s not Jersey. That’s like Beverly Hills with freaking snow.
Rock’s the best, and I don’t care if all his movies have stunk so far.
**Next up, I loved this ESPN Outside the Lines feature. It’s about a 7-year-old Massachusetts boy named Danny Keefe, who’s the waterboy for the Bridgewater High School football team. Danny suffers from a brain disorder, and has an unusual way of dressing.
He was being bullied at school, until his brother and some buddies decided to do something about it.
A tear-jerker story, and a sweet one. There’s so much good in the world.
**Finally, a really heartwarming story about a jackpot winner in Las Vegas who so far has chosen to remain anonymous.
The new owner of $14 million decided to do something beautiful with his windfall: he’s donating the whole thing to charity. He’s also planning to help his church build a new facility, since they’ve been holding services in a high school gym (not a very religious place, I can tell you from my hundreds of hours spent in them covering sports events).