Sunday, May 22, 2022

Isaiah Washington Says Chris Rock Should ‘Adapt’ to Racial Profiling; Twitter Attacks

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*Isaiah Washington sat down for an interview with Don Lemon on “CNN Tonight” Wednesday after his unsolicited advice to Chris Rock about the comic’s recent police stops enraged Twitter.

As previously reported, Rock took selfies each of the three times he was stopped by police in the past two months, suggesting he was being racially profiled. He shared each one on Instagram – the latest one on Monday.

Washington responded on Twitter: “I sold my $90,000.00 Mercedes G500 and bought 3 Prius’s, because I got tired of being pulled over by Police. #Adapt @chrisrock.”

Those comments set off a social media firestorm and prompted Lemon to offer the actor an opportunity to tell his side of the story.

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“A lot of people took issue with the hashtag ‘adapt,’” Washington told the CNN anchor in a rambling interview.

“There is something that is happening in his neighborhood — they [police] are looking for something. Obviously they are not looking for Chis Rock,” Washington said.

“What I was doing was trying to excite a conversation. We are looking at this term ‘Driving While Black,’ but maybe we should be looking at the term ‘black’ itself and have a different conversation,” he added.

Washington then began to relay his own experiences of being pulled over by the police with his children in the car. “I think the issue is many things… from my experiences, police are about the business of policing,” he said.

As Lemon tried to turn the conversation back to Rock by asking if the comedian should be “driving a different car,” even though it is his right to drive whatever he wants, the former “Grey’s Anatomy” actor offered another suggestion. “He needs to look at the area he is in and visit with the local police officers in that community… and question them as to why they are pulling him over specifically,” Washington said.

“But that is putting a burden on him,” Lemon countered.

“We’ve been burdened for 400 years… We are in a situation where we have to survive in extreme circumstances with people who are angry and those who are practicing white supremacy — they are on the hunt and they are angry,” Washington said to a visibly perplexed Lemon. “The onus is on us. If we don’t survive, we don’t live to fight another day — and that is what I was saying to adapt.”

Watch Washington’s full CNN interview here.

Below, a sampling of how Twitter came for @IWashington:

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Another apologist trying to appease the racists.

    Why is it that black people are the ones who are supposed to “adapt” when they’re are not doing anything wrong? Why is okay for the police to molest a black person for simply driving their nice/not so nice car?

    People in this country have it completely backwards… The white supremacists, and rogue cops are the ones who need to “adapt” to the fact that black people are stake-holders in this country like everyone else.

    If a black person elects to drive a Benz, Rolls, or Toyota it should not matter. Do these butt holes know there are plenty of black people who can afford expensive vehicles? Are they aware of the fact that a lot of black people can afford to live in upscale neighborhoods, too?

    Or is it possible that the rogue’s are trying to harass black people to the point of driving them out of the neighborhoods in which they are traveling or residing?

    Which ever option it is, it’s wrong, and black people are not the ones who need to change.

    It is the warped white supremacists, and rogue cops who need to “adapt,” because we aren’t going any where…

  2. Chris Rock has always known he is black, fool… And you need to take your troll ass some place else you white trash, hillbilly…

    “Darkies.” Yeah, right…

    Now go ahead and claim you’re black to try to cloak your white supremacy BS… GTFOH with that BS…

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