The latest incident involving a Black person being referred to as a nigger in public is just another episode in a long history of racism here in America.
While on stage at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles, Michael Richards, better known to most as Cosmo Kramer from the series “Seinfeld,” repeatedly called two African-American men niggers and said, “Fifty years ago we’d have you upside down with a f***ing fork up your ass."
The occasion, apparently the two men were taunting him while he was on stage.
Richards continued, "You can talk, you can talk, you’re brave now motherf**ker. Throw his ass out. He’s a nigger! He’s a nigger! He’s a nigger! A nigger, look, there’s a nigger!"
Yeah, I know disturbing to say the least.
There’s no excuse for Richards’ words and I hope his publicist doesn’t try to make one up.
I think it’s pretty clear and apparent that Richards is a racist when it comes to Black people and he owes all of Black America an apology.
I also think that it’s clear that racism is alive and well in America today, although some of us like to tell ourselves otherwise.
But consider this.
Earlier this year when Mel Gibson was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and was quoted telling deputies, “You mother f****r. I’m going to f*** you. F*****g Jews… The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world,” it made headlines around the world. Every major network entertainment and news program lead with the story for several days before it eventually died down.
From “Good Morning America” to “Larry King Live,” Mel Gibson was front and center apologizing and making excuses for his words.
But what Richards’ said is way more offensive than Gibson’s comments and yet it hasn’t been met with the same attention or outrage that Gibson received. Why is that?
Is it because Blacks aren’t running things in Hollywood?
Or is it because Blacks themselves aren’t making a big deal about Richards’ comments?
America is already dealing with its own race issues. The O.J. saga is front and center in the news again, not to mention the passage of Michigan’s anti-affirmation action statute. Richards’ comments are sure to only add fuel to the fire.
It’s only been one week since the groundbreaking ceremony at the National Mall in Washington for the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial took place. A Memorial dedicated to recognizing the achievements and dreams of an African American man who fought for the rights and freedoms of Blacks so that they would no longer be “upside down with a fork up their ass.”
As far as I am concerned, Michael Richards’ career as both an actor and a comedian are over and Black America needs to see to it that this is the case. Just like the Jews and Mel Gibson, the Blacks need to flex their muscles and show Richards’ that it isn’t going down like that, that he will pay for his racist remarks…with his career.
As for the two men who were the victims in all of this, I hope they’ve found good Black attorney’s to assist them in collecting for their pain and suffering.