Chris Rock talks racism, takes digs at black progress

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 12: Malaak Compton-Rock and Chris Rock attend the 65th Annual Tony Awards at the Beacon Theatre on June 12, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
CRESSKILL, NJ - MAY 21: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Malaak Compton-Rock and Chris Rock attend the 2013 Peace, Love & A Cure Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation Benefit on May 21, 2013 in Cresskill, New Jersey. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation)
Hollywood, UNITED STATES: US actor Chris Rock and his wife Malaak Compton-Rock arrive to the premiere of the film 'I Think I Love my Wife' in Hollywood, 07 March 2007. The comedy starring Chris Rock, Kerry Washington and Gina Torres is also written and directed by Rock. AFP PHOTO / HECTOR MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
Chris Rock and his wife Malaak Compton-Rock arrive to the screening of 'The Longest Yard' in New York City, Tuesday, May 24, 2005. (AP Photo/Adam Rountree)
Actor and comedian Chris Rock, who stars in the movie "The Longest Yard," talks on the phone as he arrives with his wife, Malaak Compton-Rock, for the movie's premiere Thursday, May 19, 2005, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
WESTWOOD, CA - APRIL 01: Actor Chris Rock, wife Malaak Compton-Rock and their children arrive at the 19th Annual Kid's Choice Awards held at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on April 1, 2006 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: (L-R) Malaak Compton-Rock, Lola Simone Rock, Zahra Savannah Rock and Chris Rock attend the 'Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted' premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre on June 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 12: Chris Rock (R) and wife Malaak Compton-Rock attend the 65th Annual Tony Awards at the Beacon Theatre on June 12, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 12: Chris Rock, Whoopi Goldberg and Malaak Compton-Rock attend the 65th Annual Tony Awards at the Beacon Theatre on June 12, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 30: Chris Rock and Malaak Compton-Rock attends IFP's 19th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani, Wall Street on November 30, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for IFP)
NEW ORLEANS - JULY 06: Malaak Compton-Rock and Chris Rock attend the 2008 Essence Music Festival - Day 3 on July 6, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 25: (L-R) StyleWorks founder and executive director Malaak Compton-Rock, Zahra Savannah Rock, and actor Chris Rock attends the 'Bee Movie' premiere at AMC Lincoln Square on 13 on October 25, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
Jerry Seinfeld, left, and Chris Rock attend the premiere of "Top Five" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03: Actor/director Chris Rock attends the 'Top Five' New York premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on December 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03: Jerry Seinfeld (L) and Chris Rock attend the 'Top Five' New York Premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on December 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/FilmMagic)
Actor/director Chris Rock, left, and co-producer Kanye West attend the premiere of "Top Five" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Actor/director Chris Rock chats with chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, Brad Grey, at the premiere of "Top Five" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Actor/director Chris Rock, left, greets co-producer Kanye West at the premiere of "Top Five" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03: Chris Rock and Kanye West and Jadakiss attend the 'Top Five' New York Premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on December 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03: Actor/director Chris Rock and actor Cedric the Entertainer attend the 'Top Five' New York premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on December 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03: Comedian Jerry Seinfeld and actor/director Chris Rock attend the 'Top Five' New York premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on December 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03: Chris Rock attends the 'Top Five' New York Premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on December 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03: Chris Rock and Brad Grey, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Paramount Pictures attends the 'Top Five' New York Premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on December 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03: Chris Rock attends the 'Top Five' New York Premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on December 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03: Chris Rock attends the 'Top Five' New York Premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on December 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actor-comedian Chris Rock accepts the Hollywood Comedy Film Award for 'Top Five' from host Queen Latifah onstage during the 18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Palladium on November 14, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actor-comedian Chris Rock accepts the Hollywood Comedy Film Award for 'Top Five' onstage during the 18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Palladium on November 14, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 27: Comedian Chris Rock attends Celebrity Charades 2014: Judgment Day at Capitale on October 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 07: Actress Rosario Dawson (R) and comedian/actor Chris Rock attend the Variety Studio presented by Moroccanoil at Holt Renfrew during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Variety)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actor/comedian Chris Rock poses in the press room at the 18th annual Hollywood Film Awards at Hollywood Palladium on November 14, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actor/comedian Chris Rock poses in the press room at the 18th annual Hollywood Film Awards at Hollywood Palladium on November 14, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Chris Rock' Episode 1667 -- Pictured: Chris Rock during the monologue on November 1, 2014 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Chris Rock' Episode 1667 -- Pictured: Chris Rock during the monologue on November 1, 2014 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Chris Rock' Episode 1667 -- Pictured: Chris Rock during the monologue on November 1, 2014 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Chris Rock' Episode 1667 -- Pictured: (l-r) Chris Rock and Vanessa Bayer in the 'Women in the Workplace' skit on November 1, 2014 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Chris Rock' Episode 1667 -- Pictured: (l-r) Chris Rock and Vanessa Bayer in the 'Women in the Workplace' skit on November 1, 2014 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Chris Rock' Episode 1667 -- Pictured: (l-r) Chris Rock and Vanessa Bayer in the 'Women in the Workplace' skit on November 1, 2014 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Chris Rock' Episode 1667 -- Pictured: Chris Rock during 'The Couple' skit on November 1, 2014 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Chris Rock' Episode 1667 -- Pictured: (l-r) Leslie Jones and Chris Rock during 'The Couple' skit on November 1, 2014 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Chris Rock' Episode 1667 -- Pictured: (l-r) Leslie Jones and Chris Rock during 'The Couple' skit on November 1, 2014 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Chris Rock' Episode 1667 -- Pictured: Chris Rock during the monologue on November 1, 2014 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Chris Rock' Episode 1667 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kenan Thompson, Leslie Jones and Chris Rock during the 'How's He Doing?' skit on November 1, 2014 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Chris Rock' Episode 1667 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jay Pharoah, Sasheer Zamata, Kenan Thompson, Leslie Jones and Chris Rock during the 'How's He Doing?' skit on November 1, 2014 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Chris Rock' Episode 1667 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kyle Mooney, Sasheer Zamata and Chris Rock during the 'Vlog' skit on November 1, 2014 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Chris Rock' Episode 1667 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kyle Mooney, Sasheer Zamata and Chris Rock during the 'Vlog' skit on November 1, 2014 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Chris Rock' Episode 1667 -- Pictured: (l-r) Chris Rock and Kenan Thompson on October 30, 2014 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 9 : Chris Rock pictured at a special screening of Top Five at Ritz Five Theater in Philadelphia, Pa on December 9, 2014. **House Coverage** Credit: Star Shooter / MediaPunch/IPX
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 16: Actor/director Chris Rock attends a conversation at TheTimesCenter on December 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 16: Actor/director Chris Rock attends a conversation at TheTimesCenter on December 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 09: Actor Chris Rock attends the VIP Screening of Paramount Pictures' 'Top Five' at Regal Atlantic Station on December 9, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Allied)
ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 09: Actor Chris Rock attends the VIP Screening of Paramount Pictures' 'Top Five' at Regal Atlantic Station on December 9, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Allied)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 09: Actor/comedian Chris Rock is seen arriving at Ritz Five movie theater to promote his movie 'TOP FIVE' on December 9, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
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By JENNY DEPPER

Comedian Chris Rock is trading in his silly quips in favor of a serious stance on politics and racism.

The 49-year-old actor sat down for an interview with New York Magazine recently and addressed racism in America today, dismantling the idea of black progress and instead calling it white progress.

"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," Rock explained.

Rock then turned his focus to President Barack Obama.

"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," Rock mused.

And while he seemed to be supportive of the president, he didn't shy away from pointing the finger at the president's efforts in office.

"I'm trying to figure out the right analogy," Rock said. "Everybody wanted Michael Jordan, right? We got Shaq. That's not a disappointment. You know what I mean? We got Charles Barkley. It's still a Hall of Fame career. The president should be graded on jobs and peace, and the other stuff is debatable. Do more people have jobs, and is there more peace? I guess there's a little more peace. Not as much peace as we'd like, but I mean, that's kind of the gig."

Rock pointed out that President Obama has tried to please the majority of the masses, which could have lead to recent ill sentiments.

Rock said that President George W. Bush "operated like a cable network" and "only served the people who voted for him," while Obama was "a network guy" and tried to "get everybody."

"I think he's figured out, and maybe a little late, that there's some people he's never going to get," Rock said.

The "Grown Ups 2" actor has been making the rounds this week as he promotes his film "Top Five," which he wrote and directed about real life comedians.

On Monday, he sat down with Matt Lauer on the "Today" show where he commended the longtime anchor for securing an interview with Janay Rice, wife of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.

"Today show, you guys are doing good! You got Ray Rice's wife on, man -- you'll show Good Morning America! We got the wife on!"

Before things got too icy, Lauer laughed off the comments and said, "We should've gone to commercial about 30 seconds ago -- too late, my bad!"

Chris Rock Just Made The 'Today,' 'GMA' Battle Super Awkward
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