Chris Rock States What Civil Rights Movies Get Wrong

LEGENDS & ICONS - Article By Kevin Douglas


When the mini-series Roots hit the television screens in the 1970’s, it had monstrous ratings as the United States saw for the first time in mass numbers apart of its ugly history.

The movies and tv shows surrounding this history has been done numerous times after people first took a glimpse at Kunte Kinte. The slave narratives or the Civil Rights Movement have the emotions of negative and positive with viewers due to its polarizing content.

DJango took a more entertaining look at the era and put in the twist of the slaves revolting and getting revenge of their oppressors. To some people that narrative is misleading. Chris Rock recently gave his take on such films while appearing on Neal Brennan’s How Neal Feel and shared that the Civil Rights Movement is “dirtier” than what most people have been taught.

“I hate all civil rights movies,” said Chris. “Don’t get me wrong. I applaud the effort and they should exist. The problem is they only show the back of the bus and the lunch counter. They actually make racism look very fixable. They don’t really get into how dysfunctional the relationships were. In the ’40s and ’50s, White men would just walk in your house and take your food… What do you think would happen during the Depression when people were hungry? White people are hungry? Oh, there’s Black people cooking on that side of town. What do you think would happen? They would walk in your house and take your sh*t.”

Rock continued to explain how the acts of the day were horrible with no justice. “They would go and rape the women they could rape without actually going to jail for it, okay? Or sexual assault… all that sh*t. This sh*t is so much more—racism and Jim Crow is so much dirtier than any movie ever shows.”

Chris Rock then shared that there were so many rules that existed for Black people during that time, explaining that his mother would get her teeth taken out at the veterinarian. “‘Cause you weren’t’ allowed to go to the dentist,” he added. “No movie shows you that.” Check out the clip from Chris Rock on How Neal Feel below.