I am now officially a fan of comedian Louis C.K. ("Louie"). I came across a clip of an appearance Mr. C.K. recently made on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. After watching it, I knew it was a must share.
During the segment, Louis starts talking about his young daughters and how he sometimes has to remind them that, as two little white girls living in America, they have nothing to complain about. He goes on to talk about how around this time - MLK's birthday and black history month - white people start whining about how black people need to "get over it." You know, forget about the whole slavery thing and move on. As a black woman born and bred in America, I know I've heard my fair share of this sentiment. And Mr. C.K. is right, these demands do seem to increase in number during this time of year.
"Every year white people add 100 years to how long ago slavery was. I’ve heard educated white people say, ‘slavery was 400 years ago.’ No it wasn’t. It was 140 years ago…that’s two 70-year-old ladies living and dying back to back. That’s how recently you could buy a guy." Comedian Louis C.K., Tonight Show with Jay Leno
While the segment is equal parts funny and entertaining, Mr. C.K.'s words also contain 100% truth, which is refreshing as you don't often hear such honesty around issues of race by white people (although Mr. C.K. is part Mexican).
Check out the full segment. Trust me, it is well worth a watch.