But Chappelle, like Kanye West, grew up in a home where black activism and black leftist thought were the languages of the household. No wonder, then, that both Chappelle and West have wrestled so bitterly and publicly with their sense of responsibility to and also their failure to meet those same obligations. “It’s a dilemma,” Chappelle told Kevin Powell. “It’s something that is unique to us. White people, white artists, are allowed to be individuals. But we always have this greater struggle that we at least have to keep in mind somewhere.” Chappelle’s throwback kind of celebrity and his many concerns about “social responsibility” are faintly reminiscent of the work that his mother, Professor Yvonne Seon, did in the ’60s and ’70s as a scholar of the Negritude movement.
Seon was born in Washington, DC. Her father was a fair-skinned man who was adopted by a black woman. Although he self-identified as black, by all accounts he looked Greek. He was also blind. On the day Martin Luther King Jr. was shot, Chappelle’s grandfather was on a city bus and overheard rumblings of a beat-down about to happen to a white fellow on his bus. That guy’s gonna be in trouble, he thought. He did not realize that he was the white man being threatened. This anecdote about his grandfather would inspire Chappelle’s “Clayton Bigsby” sketch—the unforgettable short mockumentary about a blind white supremacist who does not know he is black.
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People change, countries change. Not to excuse any of the other imperialist powers, but I think it’s a fair statement that in the first half of the twentieth century, the two most militaristic and racist countries on Earth were Germany and Japan. People know Germany of course but people forget Japan. Just in China. I don’t know what the current estimates are but when I studied it, in China alone they killed at least 25 million people during WW II, that was a real horror story, Japan. But, if you look at the BBC World Service Polls, every year the BBC does a poll - the World Service - and the poll asks the question, which countries in the world do you think have the most positive influence on international politics and the mot negative influence. Negative influence, it’s the same every year on the bottom. It’s always Iran, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea. Always the same those 4 countries at the bottom. But you’ll be surprised who’s always ranked 1 and 2. Depending on the year it’s either Germany or Japan that’s at the top as having the most positive impact in the world. Countries can change.
When I was growing up in the United States black people were still being lynched. And in fact, contrary to the images that you sometimes get of klansmen in their white hoods going out in the night and lynching, that wasn’t what lynching was about at all. Lynchings were big festive occasions in each town. When a lynching was announced, factories were closed, children were let out from school early, everyone packed their picnic baskets, they went to the lynching, a person is lynched, then it’s time to sell the body parts. You auctioned off the heart, the pancreas… Yes, they had auctions of the body parts! And then there were the postcards of people posing with the body parts or the person who was lynched. Not, incidentally, unlike during WW II with the Japanese where ( an American soldier) would send home to his sweetheart the gift of a skull of a Japanese (soldier) who was killed.
A lot of cultures go through periods of complete lunacy and insanity but I don’t think it means the situation is hopeless. Right now it’s a tough battle but I think people can change, I saw it in my own country.