Racism is defined as "a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race."
This is not the end all for definitions, but it seems to be a common one. I'm assuming by now that everyone has heard about the statements that Michael Richards made a few days ago. For a recap click here and look towards the bottom of the page. He used the "N Word" repeatedly and made graphic references to lynching black people.
Richards appeared on David Letterman and apologized and stated that he was not a racist and that it was an angry outburst in response to some hecklers who were black. Well, maybe he doesn't think he is a racist, but let me end the speculation. He is a racist. Pure and simple. No two ways about it.
The pain and suffering, death, and injury suffered by African-Americans in this country during slavery, Reconstruction and beyond is enormous. The pain still lingers. We go on with our lives, but there is enormous pain. I cannot do justice to this topic here in this post, but I had to at least say it.
Any person who fondly harks back to the days where black people, mostly black men were routinely tortured and murdered is hateful. He said it was a mistake. I'm sure it was a mistake that he said it out loud, but that is obviously how he feels at least on some level. I hope that he will acknowledge how he feels and really think about it. If Richards wants to change, he needs to own up to his racism to conquer it.
I've been a big fan of Seinfeld for a long time. I have most of the DVDs and really enjoyed the character Kramer. It's all tainted now.
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