"You're not always going to get the benefit of the doubt in this world," the comedian says

By Jessica Fecteau
December 04, 2014 09:00 AM
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Many stars have taken to social media, sharing their reactions to the result of the Ferguson case.

Chris Rock, 49, turned to his children.

Rock told PEOPLE at the premiere of his film Top Five on Wednesday what he wants his daughters, Lola, 12, and Zahra, 10, to take away from the Ferguson decision.

“It’s a hard one to answer right now. I kind of just explained to them what’s going on,” Rock said. “You’re not always going to get the benefit of the doubt in this world.”

The case involved Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson 28, whom a grand jury did not indict for shooting and killing unarmed, black 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9.

Rock recently spoke candidly to New York magazine’s Vulture about Ferguson, the Bill Cosby sex scandal and racial progress.

“I drop my kids off and watch them in the school with all these mostly white kids, and I got to tell you, I drill them every day: Did anything happen today? Did anybody say anything? They look at me like I am crazy,” Rock told Vulture.

Change has been partly generational and partly because of who is in charge right now, Rock noted.

“My kids grew up not only with a black president but with a black secretary of state, a black joint chief of staff, a black attorney general,” he said. “My children are going to be the first black children in the history of America to actually have the benefit of the doubt of just being moral, intelligent people.”

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