Hollywood actor, Liam Neeson, who is promoting his new film “Cold Pursuit” admitted to wanting to kill a Black person after his friend was raped by a black person.
He said he came home from overseas and was told about the incident, saying “She handled the situation of the rape in the most extraordinary way,” he said. “But my immediate reaction was … I asked, did she know who it was? No. What colour were they? She said it was a black person.”
He then continued by saying he walked around with a cosh hoping to find any “black b..t..d” to come and approach him.
Now here’s what I think, why is your second question, “what colour were they”?
That to me speaks volumes of his own deep rooted racism (even hearing him say “black b..t..d” in the interview is seriously cringe) I could go on and on about how wrong his comments and experience are but I won’t. Even though he has admitted it was wrong, it’s speak volumes of his own white privileged masculinity about the colour of the skin of the attacker somehow spurred him on to wanting to kill a black person and on a sub conscious level made it right and justifiable to want to do that.
If the attacker was white would he do that or call the police, I think it will be the latter.
The problem in the way he thought is that some Law Enforcement, Police, Politicians, Executives, CEO’s, managers In powerful position think like that, and they lash out in what becomes, shooting of black men, not hiring people of colour for jobs, systemised Racism etc. And that somehow what one black person did becomes a generalisation of a whole race.
I’ve just read articles from major outlets on this Liam Leeson interview, and every single one them seems to try to make his racist thoughts okay! And not discussing how disgusting it is, in a time where we had Trayvon Martin and countless other killings of black unarmed men. And how somehow sane people killing blacks seems okay, just like slavery times.
Well in my conclusion am glad he said what he said, because it allows for more dialogue and discussion into White Privelegde and white oppression.