Kevin Hart, Chris Rock, and the Colorful Case of Mistaken Identity

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I have a manager at work who occasionally calls me other Black guys that work with us. It doesn’t happen at a frequency where I think she’s racist or visually impaired, but clearly, to a lot of people, if even only subconsciously, all Black people look alike. And there’s really nothing wrong with that. Because in all honesty, other races look alike to me, too. I don’t think it’s anything personal or derogatory, but rather the mental manifestations of the generalized perception that society as a whole has in place.

There’s a video floating around the internet right now of a woman mistaking comedian Kevin Hart for bigger comedian Chris Rock. On schedule, the World Wide Web exploded with fervor and blanketed hostility over the perceived racism of the woman’s insulting compliment. Her backhanded big up, if you will. Of course online it turned into various “all Black people DON’T look alike” shouting matches, all of which — through Internet logic — can be loosely attributed to Donald Trump’s current reign of color-coded terror. It’s these types of pumpkin seeds that become vines and branches of unnecessary ignorance.

But that’s neither here nor there.

On the Instagram video where Hart is confused for a Rock, Kevin plays right along with the woman and is obviously having fun with the situation. It seems that people question Kevin’s sense of humor about it all. But there’s no reason for him to be upset, or to even correct the lady. Why?

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