In a ten-minute stand-up set titled 'Redemption Song,' the comedian pointed out the double standards America has for Black and White people expressing dissent.
If there is anything the past few weeks have shown us, it is this: there are two separate books of law for White rioters and protesters of color, particularly Black folks. Stand-up comedian Dave Chappelle called out this double standard perfectly in his new 10-minute stand-up set Redemption Song. In the clip posted to Instagram on Thursday, Chappelle expertly analyzed the insurrectionists who took over and rioted at the United States Capitol on January 6, earlier this year. Among other things, the comedian pointed out just how differently the rioters were treated by far-right conservatives in comparison to Colin Kaepernick, the former footballer who "took a knee" in order to stand up against police brutality and racial violence.
“Watch the tapes. Watch that crowd that told Colin Kaepernick he can’t kneel during a football game trying to beat a police officer to death with an American flag,” Dave Chappelle says, in a stand-up clip that he shared on Instagram. https://t.co/u0vbn9C80t via @HuffPostEnt— Carla Marinucci (@cmarinucci) February 12, 2021
Chapelle, first and foremost, called the rioters' actions exactly as they were: shocking and violent. "Watch the tapes," he states in the clip. "Watch that crowd that told Colin Kaepernick he can't kneel during a football game trying to beat a police officer to death with an American flag. Look at that sh*t." A total number of seven people were killed as a result of the riots. These were deaths that former President Donald Trump could have completely prevented by urging rioters, most of them his supporters, to head home.
The comedian also discussed the total non-issue of "White grievance," which culminated in the Capitol takeover—which was nothing but an egregious display of White entitlement. He says, "White people felt what Black people have been feeling for 400 years for 30 minutes, and they stormed the Capitol and rubbed their sh*t on the walls." This is where Chappelle contrasts the reaction to Kaepernick's protest. While storming the Capitol and disrespecting the results of a fair and free democratic election was considered acceptable by many White folks, quietly taking a knee was not. In fact, the former footballer was demonized for his actions (by of course none other than Trump himself).
Thankfully, more than 200 people have been charged with crimes for their participation in the Capitol Hill riots. Nonetheless, this is no different than how Kaepernick was treated; he was even accused of treason, a crime so serious it is subject to a minimum prison sentence of five years and a $10,000 fine. But at least someone pointed out the different rules White and Black folks have, though implicit. Although many of us may believe that the era of Jim Crow is over, there is no better evidence to prove otherwise than how we treat "dissenters" based on their race.
Oh My God....— Shiya ♈︎ Angelou (@kashiyavici) February 12, 2021
‘Redemption Song’ by @DaveChappelle, on IG, is ALL the Black History Month I need.
That ending felt freeing af!
... And THEN the announcement at the end!
Top Tier. 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾
Users across social media platforms weighed in on Chappelle's stand-up set, thanking him for his insights. One Twitter user posted, "They're ALL a bunch of hypocrites!" Another added, "Dave Chapelle for President." You can watch the 10-minute clip here. The comedian also announced early-2000's Comedy Central series Chappelle's Show will soon be available on Netflix. The announcement comes following a long battle with ViacomCBS, which previously licensed the show for streaming without paying him.