He said when the blacks were going through the crack scourge the collective societal response was "just say no," like it's their own fault.
Now that whites are going through the opioid scourge it's called a mental illness and addiction i.e. beyond their control.
Never saw it that way before, and he's right.
The difference there is, instead of seeking a way to get high, you should just say no, since you, like every non addict, severely underestimates addiction.
The opioid bit grew because of over prescribing pain killers to people, not looking to get high, but seeking to treat a medical problem.
So that’d be like “just saying no” to your surgery.
I also think the drug comparison is fair; sure, "just say no" wasn't focused on any particular race and the big problems in the 1980s were crack and coke, but it's still a good point.
Then Chappelle went into his Michael Jackson bit and I turned off the show. Really? We are going to condone pederasty now? Would he say the same thing about Jerry Sandusky's victims?
I'm all for humor that not only makes us laugh but turns a mirror on us to reveal stupidity and make us think. And words aren't knives. But the MJ bit crossed the line...buh bye.
I saw this special the other day and told my wife about it. She visits different locations for her job and was in went to McDonalds in a small/medium sized town in southwest Iowa and said that the parking lot had a bunch of tweakers that scared her. She saw a bunch of those folks when visiting Walmart in the same town that also scared her. One of my best friends still lives in the small/medium sized town that we grew up in in southeast Nebraska. He is a successful business owner who owns a body shop and a large tow business. We went out to dinner the other night and commented that our town was really getting “scummy” because it is full of tweakers. He has a large impound lot and ends up with dozens of vehicles per year from tweakers who abandon their cars when they break down on the street. He tows and impounds the cars on behalf of the city and ends up owning them because the owners can’t afford to pay the impound charges because all the money goes up their noses or into their veins. This is in the Leave it to Beaver, nobody locks their doors little town that we grew up in 40 years ago. It is really alarming and goes right along with the opioid crisis. It seems to be rampant all over the middle of the country from what I can tell and seems to be getting worse.
He’s my favorite black comedian because he usually calls it the way it is.