The quickest way to piss a white person off is to say something bad about America.
Exhibit A, Chris Rock’s Independence Day tweet that has somehow sparked the latest media ShitFit:
“Happy white peoples’ independence day the slaves weren’t free but I’m sure they enjoyed fireworks.”
Okay. Who also thought this was the Most Obvious Statement Ever Made And Was Not At All Shocked By This News? Show of hands?
But of course, conservatives did what they do best; take a valid social critique and spin it into something ridiculous: calling Rock “unpatriotic” and even going as far as to say he was “widening the racial divide” (cuz’ we all know closing racial divides is at the top of the GOP To-Do List).
These are the same type of people who were pissed off back in 2008, during the presidential campaign, when Michelle Obama said she was proud of her country for the first time in her life. Wait, what? You mean you’re not overwhelmed with gratitude to be a part of a country that kidnapped, beat, raped, sold, and killed your ancestors? Ungrateful negros.
I know, white people, i know. It can be hard to see through the veil of white privilege sometimes. And I know that to you, finding out that minorities aren’t “proud to be an American” is like a kid finding out that Santa Clause is fake. But here’s the good part: Chris Rock just told you. So now you know, and we can all hug and go back to ignoring an entire history of struggle and pretending to be in a post-racial society. Just how you like it.