Kissing A Black Woman Doesn't Make Liam Neeson Not Racist

Just Because Liam Neeson Got Paid To Makeout With Viola Davis Doesn't Make Him Any Less Racist

Just because a famous actor shoves his tongue down a black woman's throat in a movie doesn't mean he's not racist.


Famous actor Liam Neeson has come under fire for some pretty heavy racist remarks in a recent interview disclosing some personal details from his past.

In this interview, Neeson discusses with Clémence Michallon from The Independent a time when he learned that someone close to him had been raped. When he questioned this person if they knew who committed the act, he specifically asked what color they were. According to the interview, when the woman disclosed that it was a black person, Neeson reacted violently.

"I went up and down areas with a cosh, hoping I'd be approached by somebody – I'm ashamed to say that – and I did it for maybe a week, hoping some [Neeson gestures air quotes with his fingers] 'black bastard' would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could," another pause, "kill him."

He didn't set out to find the attacker specifically. No, Neeson was solely looking for a black man, any black man, to inflict violence upon as revenge. He thought this consciously, and even in the interview, he still acknowledges the gravity of the racist actions he attempted to make.

But people are coming to his defense. Michelle Rodriguez, Neeson's co-star in "Widows," claimed he couldn't possibly be racist because of how he kissed Viola Davis. "Racists don't make out with the race that they hate, especially in the way he does with his tongue—so deep down her throat," Rodriguez claimed in an interview with Vanity Fair, vehemently denying any possibility that Neeson could be racist.

Sorry Michelle, but that's just bullshit.

This sounds very similar to that sad, not-a-racist defense that some small town white people like to say that we know all too well: "I have a black friend."

Liam Neeson is an actor. He makes more money than I probably ever will in my entire life. But the claim that he's not racist based on the fact that he made out "passionately" with a black woman in a film he got paid to be cast in is just empty.

He said so himself in an interview that he set out to attack virtually any black man he came across. He desperately was hoping for something to prompt a violent altercation. And this wasn't just a one-time reaction. Neeson claims in the Independent interview that he would go out for "just a walk" for roughly a week and a half or so.

What the person close to Neeson went through is a horrible, awful thing, and it's so painful when it happens to someone you know. There's no arguing that, and she deserves justice. The person who raped her deserves to be arrested and punished for everything he took away from her. She deserves that. But the way Neeson handled it, though, shows his racism plain as day.

Racism isn't just an outward and obvious display of hatred. Internalized racism is a very real thing, and Neeson needs a wake-up call to that. He can deny it all he wants, but that doesn't change what he did, what he thought.

Just because a person is in an interracial relationship doesn't mean they're not racist. Just because a person has a black friend doesn't mean they're not racist. Just because a famous actor shoves his tongue down a black woman's throat in a movie doesn't mean he's not racist.

Racism can be very obvious, but it can also be very subconscious. It shows itself in your actions, even in split-second thinking. Being wary of people of color, trusting people of color, and being a harsher critic of people of color than white people are some indicators of internalized racism. When Neeson immediately set out to attack any black man he saw on the street, he showed signs of this.

But the fact that this was a prolonged urge to, in his own words, kill any 'black bastard' that came out of a pub and had a problem, dismisses any attempt to say he's not racist. He just said he was himself. So his co-stars can defend him all he wants, he can deny it on talk shows for days, but nothing changes.

You're racist, Liam.

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An Open Letter To Democrats From A Millennial Republican

Why being a Republican doesn't mean I'm inhuman.

Dear Democrats,

I have a few things to say to you — all of you.

You probably don't know me. But you think you do. Because I am a Republican.

Gasp. Shock. Horror. The usual. I know it all. I hear it every time I come out of the conservative closet here at my liberal arts university.

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“You're a Republican?" people ask, saying the word in the same tone that Draco Malfoy says “Mudblood."

I know that not all Democrats feel about Republicans this way. Honestly, I can't even say for certain that most of them do. But in my experience, saying you're a Republican on a liberal college campus has the same effect as telling someone you're a child molester.

You see, in this day and age, with leaders of the Republican Party standing up and spouting unfortunately ridiculous phrases like “build a wall," and standing next to Kim Davis in Kentucky after her release, we Republicans are given an extreme stereotype. If you're a Republican, you're a bigot. You don't believe in marriage equality. You don't believe in racial equality. You don't believe in a woman's right to choose. You're extremely religious and want to impose it on everyone else.

Unfortunately, stereotypes are rooted in truth. There are some people out there who really do think these things and feel this way. And it makes me mad. The far right is so far right that they make the rest of us look bad. They make sure we aren't heard. Plenty of us are fed up with their theatrics and extremism.

For those of us brave enough to wear the title “Republican" in this day and age, as millennials, it's different. Many of us don't agree with these brash ideas. I'd even go as far as to say that most of us don't feel this way.

For me personally, being a Republican doesn't even mean that I automatically vote red.

When people ask me to describe my political views, I usually put it pretty simply. “Conservative, but with liberal social views."

“Oh," they say, “so you're a libertarian."

“Sure," I say. But that's the thing. I'm not really a libertarian.

Here's what I believe:

I believe in marriage equality. I believe in feminism. I believe in racial equality. I don't want to defund Planned Parenthood. I believe in birth control. I believe in a woman's right to choose. I believe in welfare. I believe more funds should be allocated to the public school system.

Then what's the problem? Obviously, I'm a Democrat then, right?

Wrong. Because I have other beliefs too.

Yes, I believe in the right to choose — but I'd always hope that unless a pregnancy would result in the bodily harm of the woman, that she would choose life. I believe in welfare, but I also believe that our current system is broken — there are people who don't need it receiving it, and others who need it that cannot access it.

I believe in capitalism. I believe in the right to keep and bear arms, because I believe we have a people crisis on our hands, not a gun crisis. Contrary to popular opinion, I do believe in science. I don't believe in charter schools. I believe in privatizing as many things as possible. I don't believe in Obamacare.

Obviously, there are other topics on the table. But, generally speaking, these are the types of things we millennial Republicans get flack for. And while it is OK to disagree on political beliefs, and even healthy, it is NOT OK to make snap judgments about me as a person. Identifying as a Republican does not mean I am the same as Donald Trump.

Just because I am a Republican, does not mean you know everything about me. That does not give you the right to make assumptions about who I am as a person. It is not OK for you to group me with my stereotype or condemn me for what I feel and believe. And for a party that prides itself on being so open-minded, it shocks me that many of you would be so judgmental.

So I ask you to please, please, please reexamine how you view Republicans. Chances are, you're missing some extremely important details. If you only hang out with people who belong to your own party, chances are you're missing out on great people. Because, despite what everyone believes, we are not our stereotype.


A millennial Republican

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Why The Idea Of 'No Politics At The Dinner Table' Takes Place And Why We Should Avoid It

When did having a dialogue become so rare?


Why has the art of civilized debate and conversation become unheard of in daily life? Why is it considered impolite to talk politics with coworkers and friends? Expressing ideas and discussing different opinions should not be looked down upon.

I have a few ideas as to why this is our current societal norm.

1. Politics is personal.

Your politics can reveal a lot about who you are. Expressing these (sometimes controversial) opinions may put you in a vulnerable position. It is possible for people to draw unfair conclusions from one viewpoint you hold. This fosters a fear of judgment when it comes to our political beliefs.

Regardless of where you lie on the spectrum of political belief, there is a world of assumption that goes along with any opinion. People have a growing concern that others won't hear them out based on one belief.

As if a single opinion could tell you all that you should know about someone. Do your political opinions reflect who you are as a person? Does it reflect your hobbies? Your past?

The question becomes "are your politics indicative enough of who you are as a person to warrant a complete judgment?"

Personally, I do not think you would even scratch the surface of who I am just from knowing my political identification.

2. People are impolite.

The politics themselves are not impolite. But many people who wield passionate, political opinion act impolite and rude when it comes to those who disagree.

The avoidance of this topic among friends, family, acquaintances and just in general, is out of a desire to 'keep the peace'. Many people have friends who disagree with them and even family who disagree with them. We justify our silence out of a desire to avoid unpleasant situations.

I will offer this: It might even be better to argue with the ones you love and care about, because they already know who you are aside from your politics, and they love you unconditionally (or at least I would hope).

We should be having these unpleasant conversations. And you know what? They don't even need to be unpleasant! Shouldn't we be capable of debating in a civilized manner? Can't we find common ground?

I attribute the loss of political conversation in daily life to these factors. 'Keeping the peace' isn't an excuse. We should be discussing our opinions constantly and we should be discussing them with those who think differently.

Instead of discouraging political conversation, we should be encouraging kindness and understanding. That's how we will avoid the unpleasantness that these conversations sometimes bring.

By avoiding them altogether, we are doing our youth a disservice because they are not being exposed to government, law, and politics, and they are not learning to deal with people and ideas that they don't agree with.

Next Thanksgiving, talk politics at the table.

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