Sunday, November 26, 2006

On the Michael Richards incident...

Peace and blessings,

I pray everyone's holiday was well. Or if you don't celebrate it, atleast you used these few days off to spend with family and loved ones. I'm sure most of you have heard of the incident involving Michael Richards' racist and degrading comments at the laugh factory. Although I am in no position to past judgement on anyone because there are times where I stereotype other ethnic groups and act out of prejudice(either directly or indirectly, through actions or through thoughts), I especially think that those who are constantly in the public eye (e.g. actors, comedians, etc...) need to be extremely careful for what comes out of their mouth because of their words' potential impact on their listeners. Don't get me wrong, we all need to check our individual prejudices and need to be held accountable, but this should definately be the case for those who have people pay to come hear what they have to say. When you think about it, when we pay (e.g. with our money or time) to hear people speak(e.g. comedians, artists, scholars, etc...), we are in essence paying for the expression of their thoughts, feelings, and ideas. It's the same with purchasing any music artist's cd. Therefore, given the fact that people paid something to hear Michael Richards speak, his motives behind saying what he say are independent of the potential impact it can have on not only those his comments were directed towards, but on his audience as well. It goes back to that scripture that says the power of life and death is in the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). We continue to pray (not only for Michael Richards and for those whom his words affected, but also) that we watch not only what we do, but what we say and think as well, because according to the Bible they are all the same. Below is the incident at the laugh factory as well as the his apology on the David Letterman show. Take care and as always, speekonit...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3RjiVcIlhY







http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uul6COkTnNU


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ok, I understand what you're saying. We all have our faults and everyone has their prejudice/stereotype thoughts to an extent. Fine, that's true.

However he said "that is what happens when you interrupt a white man". Are you kidding me? When you make a stereotypical comment about whites or any other race, do you say "that is what happens when you interrupt a Black man".

There's something very wrong with the above quote. That quote is implying that there's a power/hireracy that comes with being white(man or woman) and God forbid you interrupt them or you do anything that might be offensive to them. And they (whites) will remind you that you are black and will put you back in your place. Ok, Michael Richards....OK!!

Going back to study.

Thoughtz said...

I agree, he was definately implying a power dynamic. I wasn't in any way conding his behavior by saying that we all have racist thoughts. I was just saying that while he hold him accountable, we must continue to hold ourselves accountable lest end up saying something as heartless as he did. Point well taken though, and thanks for sharing your thoughts.