One of our favorite comedians, Louis CK, gives us all a brilliant lesson in the relevance of historical context in this must-see clip from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
In one of our favorite parts, Louie explains,
“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 very 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.”
It’s meant to be comedy, yet it’s SO TRUE!
We’ve been saying this for years to people who don’t seem to understand the concept of inertia when it comes to the abduction, enslavement and horrific abuse and of an entire race of human beings.
It’s not something any of us can just “get over.”
(Of course, many conservatives think “inertia” is just some crazy liberal view too — it being a big fancy science word and all.)
Louis CK has a different style, but his sentiments (dark truth mixed with comedy) remind us a lot of the late, great Bill Hicks.
Watch the amazing video!