Earlier last week the internet exploded as a story surfaced about a leader of the NAACP in Washington being a white woman who portrayed herself to be black. The leader later identified as Rachel Dolezal, created a mass conversation on race and ethnicity in the following days. Dave Chappelle who over the years has used alot of his jokes to highlight race relations seems to have a strong perspective on Dolezal, and shared that he doesnt plan to joke about it right away. After speaking to students at his alma mater, Duke Ellington School for the Arts, Dave went on to explain that he thinks Dolezal’s official response will make things hard to joke about. The Washington Post explains.
Despite the mention in his speech, backstage and no longer held to the constraints of a 15-minute time slot, Chappelle revealed why he would wait a while before he incorporated any Dolezal jokes into his act, if he decides to do so at all. “The thing that the media’s gotta be real careful about, that they’re kind of overlooking, is the emotional context of what she means,” Chappelle said thoughtfully, between drags of American Spirit cigarettes. “There’s something that’s very nuanced where she’s highlighting the difference between personal feeling and what’s construct as far as racism is concerned. I don’t know what her agenda is, but there’s an emotional context for black people when they see her and white people when they see her. There’s a lot of feelings that are going to come out behind what’s happening with this lady. “And she’s just a person, no matter how we feel about her.” Yes, the man who came up with the idea of Clayton Bigsby, a blind black Klansman (who doesn’t know he’s black), was reserved when it came to Dolezal. “I’m probably not going to do any jokes about her or any references to her for awhile ’cause that’s going to be a lot of comedians doing a lot. And I’m sure her rebuttal will be illuminating. Like, once she’s had time to process it and kind of get her wind back and get her message together.”