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Nearly forty years ago, Richard Pryor spoke on why capitalism has a vested interest in promoting racism in this must-watch video:

While political figures keep us fighting with each other, comedians and other entertainers are speaking truth, just as they have for decades. Dave Chappelle did this recently in his SNL monologue…

and so did Patrice O’Neal in 2012.

Let’s honor the memory of Richard Pryor, and the comedians he paved the way for, by remembering that our political fate is not influenced by politicians alone. Respect to the comedians, artists, and other entertainers who continue to speak truth to power.