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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Michael Richards, Senator George Allen & Mel Gibson

We agree with The Washington Post reporter Richard Cohen who writes, "We have come so far that it is not the vilified group that's hurt by the insult but the person making it. Richards fights for his professional life, Gibson licks his wounds, Allen lost the election - and a durable cliche is stood on its head: In America, injury gets added to insult."

Although Cohen lets Allen off too easily (Allen is a clear racist), his overall point is accurate. America condemns verbal acts of overt racism in the 21st Century. This is significant progress from the times when a black man could be lynched for even looking at a white woman - - and there would be a community picnic to celebrate the lynching.
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