Comedian Hari Kondabolu isn’t afraid to talk about race. In his upcoming comedy album called “Waiting for 2042” the Indian-American standup confronts the topic head-on.
While Kondabolu often tackles issue of prejudice, race, and racial animus in America during his appearances on Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, many have accused the 31-year-old Queens native of being “obsessed with race.”
In a snippet from his album, Kondabolu explains that he is not “obsessed” with race because racism in American is commonplace.
He explains: “Saying that I’m obsessed with race and racism in America is like saying that I’m obsessed with swimming while I’m drowning. It’s absurd.”
Kondabolu goes on to discuss the media’s sensational coverage around the estimate that by 2042 White folks will no longer be the majority in America, but will instead clock in at around 49-percent of the population.
Although some White people have freaked out about “the browning of America” (uh, hello Tea Partiers who want their country back) Kondabolu hilariously puts their misplaced fears at ease.
“You were the minority when you came to this country,” he tells Whites troubled by the country’s increased diversity, “things seem to have worked out for you.”
Though funny, Kondabolu makes several serious points about the lack of unity in minority communities who are often just as prejudiced against each other as some White people are to them. The result? The U.S. is still fractured along racial and ethnic lines despite race being a social construct.
But are we too obsessed with race?