"Here’s the thing. When we talk about race relations in America or racial progress, it’s all nonsense. There are no race relations. White people were crazy. Now they’re not as crazy. To say that black people have made progress would be to say they deserve what happened to them before. So, to say Obama is progress is saying that he’s the first black person that is qualified to be president. That’s not black progress. That’s white progress. There’s been black people qualified to be president for hundreds of years.
If you saw Tina Turner and Ike having a lovely
breakfast over there, would you say their relationship’s improved? Some
people would. But a smart person would go, “Oh, he stopped punching her
in the face.” It’s not up to her. Ike and Tina Turner’s relationship has
nothing to do with Tina Turner. Nothing. It just doesn’t. The question
is, you know, my kids are smart, educated, beautiful, polite children.
There have been smart, educated, beautiful, polite black children for
hundreds of years. The advantage that my children have is that my
children are encountering the nicest white people that America has ever
produced. Let’s hope America keeps producing nicer white people."
(Read the rest of the New York interview here.)