The media asked Dave to comment on Rachel Dolezal. I’m going to assume a bit of what they were hoping for from the comedian was malice remarks, further defaming the character of Dolezal and adding on to the fire of the 24 hour news-cycle.
Ironically, Chappelle did the opposite. He called the situation as it was–odd, and kept it moving. The response speaks to the character and humanity of Dave Chappelle. His response is the sensible one and the one that we should lean towards as a society.
Here’s Dave’s answer:
Chappelle: “The world’s become ridiculous. There’s a white lady posing as a black lady. There is not one thing that woman accomplished that she couldn’t have done as a white woman. There’s no reason! She just needed the braids! I don’t know what she was doing.”
“The thing that the media’s gotta be real careful about, that they’re kind of overlooking, is the emotional context of what she means. There’s something that’s very nuanced where she’s highlighting the difference between personal feeling and what’s construct as far as racism is concerned. I don’t know what her agenda is, but there’s an emotional context for black people when they see her and white people when they see her. There’s a lot of feelings that are going to come out behind what’s happening with this lady. And she’s just a person, no matter how we feel about her.”
“I’m probably not going to do any jokes about her or any references to her for awhile ’cause that’s going to be a lot of comedians doing a lot. And I’m sure her rebuttal will be illuminating. Like, once she’s had time to process it and kind of get her wind back and get her message together.”
Quotes via Jezebel