Chris Rock’s monologue at the 88th Annual Academy Awards was a no holds barred view on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy from a black comedian’s perspective.
While many consider Rock’s Oscars opening monologue to be legendary, not everyone was impressed with Rock’s jokes.
Despite the media hype leading up to Rock hosting the Oscar Awards, the TV ratings for Sunday’s telecast were the lowest in 8 years.
It’s no accident that the NY Post‘s editors chose the above image out of the thousands of images of Rock hosting the Oscars last night.
Rock, 51, is displayed on Monday’s NY Post cover showing all of his teeth and striking a pose similar to a lawn jockey, which is synonymous with an Uncle Tom in America.
A lawn jockey is a circa 1700s black-faced statue that dotted lawns in the south as status symbols of the white home owners’ wealth and privilege.
The statues are dressed in jockey clothing and one arm is extended to hold the reins of a horse or a lantern.
Black people over the age of 40 still consider the lawn jockey ornament to be a racist insult.
Whenever a famous black man expresses views that are not in line with the liberal views of the media, he is reduced to a racist cartoon caricature of the lawn jockey.
In 1996, Emerge Magazine featured black conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on the cover dressed as a lawn jockey. Inside the magazine was a cartoon image of Thomas spit shining Justice Antonin Scalia’s shoes.
This image of Chris Rock on the cover of the NY Post serves as a nostalgic reminder to whites that we as black people will never overcome the racism and prejudice that continues to persist — not just in Hollywood, but everywhere.