Turns out, not all selfies are rooted in narcissism! In fact, the right selfie taken at the right time — or in this case, the wrong time — can actually spark an interesting and powerful conversation about social politics!
Just ask Chris Rock!
The 50-year-old took selfies each of the three times he was pulled over by police in the past seven weeks — launching a public dialogue about racial profiling.
The photos were taken (in order, from the top) on March 31, Feb. 27 and Feb. 13.
The stops likely have little to do with bad luck or the funny man’s driving skills.
Instead, it’s launched a conversation about “Driving While Black” — which refers to the racial profiling of black drivers. The U.S. Department of Justice found that black drivers are 31-percent more likely to get pulled over than their white peers.
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This isn’t the first time the ‘Grown Ups’ actor has addressed racism and DWB in a public way.
Last year, in an episode of Jerry Seinfeld’s web series, ‘Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee,’ Chris — who often uses race and race relations in his comedy — cracked a joke after the duo were pulled over in New Jersey.
And what he revealed was sobering.
“It’d be such a better episode if he pulled me to the side and beats the s--t out of me, don’t you think?” he teased in the episode. “Now here’s the crazy thing: If you weren’t here, I’d be scared. I’m famous, [but] still black. Right now, I’m looking for my license.”
Even after the cop let them go, he confessed, “I was worried the whole time.”