What Makes you Think Michael Richards is a Racist?

Get over it people. Move on! It’s really no big deal. I’m pretty sure that Kramer is not the next Grand Wizard in waiting. (He is Jewish afterall.)

Michael Richards, racist?

Is Michael Richards a racist? Maybe… I dunno. I’ve never met the man. But, I do know that I haven’t seen anything that would cause me to suspect so. Is everybody in this fucking hemisphere perpetually ten-years old? Has nobody any fucking life experience, or any inkling as to how people act in general? Listen: Sometimes people become angry, upset, or distraught for whatever reason. When they do, they often become petty and attempt to hurt whoever they see has caused this state in them. Directing racist comments toward a person who belongs to some ethnic minority group is a cheap, easy and usually fairly effective way to hurt such a person. When we become angry, quite often, our better judgment goes out the window. It’s not any kind of solid evidence of any sort of underlying, deep, hidden racist personality trait. It’s a person being petty and trying to be hurtful. It’s not right. It’s not an excuse, but it’s also not necessarily racism. And, it happens to be a weakness that we’ve all possessed at some time in our lives. I’d like to meet the person who hasn’t uttered their own particular version of “Oh yeah? Well, you’re fat!” We all have at some point. We’ve all tried to hit people where they were vulnerable at some time. Does that mean that deep down inside we hate anyone who has a weight problem? Perhaps, for some of us… but, for most? Probably not.

So, for all of those people now saying things like “I can’t believe Michael Richards is a racist bastard!” WHAT GIVES YOU THE FUCKING IDEA THAT HE IS?

What he did was wrong. He was malicious and petty toward another person. He shouldn’t have said the things that he did. I’m not trying to justify it. He definitely owed that person a sincere apology. But, it doesn’t damn well mean he’s a fucking racist! If you keep up with asinine, immature, thoughtless accusations like this you’ll undermine any serious efforts to battle real racism in the world. You’re fucking over the REAL victims of real racism with your idiocy by trivializing the subject. So, just stop it! You’re doing damage for fuck sakes!

And, while we’re on the topic, I’d like to point out something: There isn’t much that offends my sensibilities more than the common usage of the term “The ‘N’ word.” Listen to me: The word “nigger” is not offensive. Ok? Got that? The word “nigger” is a word, and words possess no inherent qualities of offensivness. It is impossible for a word to be, in and of itself, offensive. What is offensive is the manner of its usage, and the intent of the speaker. The word itself is nothing more than a series of meaningless sounds, strung together in a certain fashion. Words are not offensive — IDEAS; thoughts are offensive. So, if I simply speak, or write the word “nigger” without directing its usage at another person with the intent to commit harm, then there is nothing that is offensive about that word — at least not to any reasonable person. If you think there is, then you are small-minded and petty.

So, here we go… I’m about to put Michael Richards to shame: (The following is not directed at any person or group of persons, and there is absolutely no intent to harm anyone — it’s just letters on a page — black pixels arranged against white pixels in a certain order – nothing more, nothing less)

NIGGER! NIGGER! NIGGER! NIGGER! NIGGER! NIGGER! NIGGER! NIGGER! NIGGER! NIGGER! NIGGER! NIGGER! NIGGER! NIGGER! NIGGER! NIGGER! NIGGER! NIGGER! NIGGER! NIGGER! NIGGER! NIGGER! NIGGER! NIGGER! NIGGER! NIGGER! NIGGER! NIGGER! NIGGER! NIGGER! NIGGER! NIGGER! NIGGER! NIGGER! NIGGER! NIGGER! NIGGER! NIGGER! NIGGER!

There! And, you’ll never never see me appear on Letterman to apologize for that. Because, I have committed no wrong against anyone who deserves an apology from me. If you were were offended by that, then you are being small-minded, unreasonable, irrational and petty. And, I can’t, nor shouldn’t have to be, concerned with offending the small-minded, irrational and petty people among us. Jesus! If everybody had to tailor their speech and actions in accordance with how idiots might take it, we’d never get anything done.

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