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Watch: Richard Pryor Had/Has a Few Things to Say About the “Police Chokehold”

Watch: Richard Pryor Had/Has a Few Things to Say About the "Police Chokehold"

I thought this was worthy of sharing, in light of current events, if only to emphasize the fact that these occurrences aren’t just a recent phenomenon, demonstrating how slow some things are to change, and just how much progress there still is to make.

Digging into the archives, you’ll find comedians from each generation – post Civil Rights movement – using humor to make social commentary; specifically, in this case, on relations between police officers and black people. In fact, I recall bits from the likes of Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock in recent years, speaking for my generation. 

The more things change… the past is prologue…

Here’s Richard Pryor, way back in 1978 (thanks to reader J.D. for sending this to me):

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