369: Labels

This isn’t like the 100 articles you’ve read on if Liam Neeson is racist or not. Although it is the 100th time I’ve edited it. I’m hearing a lot of voices who some may consider credible within the community, but one thing I’m yet to hear is a solution.

Quick run through- Liam is racist because he intended to attack any black man and probably wouldn’t of reacted the same if the perpetrator was white. Liam isn’t racist because he didn’t actually do the act of violence and is being open about it today.

One thing I’d like to shut down is people saying he’s come out with this in order to promote his new film. I don’t see how this is the case, what I do see is a creative referring to his art, as an actor (a film about revenge) and how it relates to his real life experiences, I mean what other art/expression do we expect for him to draw his truth from? I’m still on topic here as previously mentioned, I don’t care for the debate on if he’s racist or not, I’ll leave that for Good Morning Britain YouTube clicks/viewers.

Let’s jump straight in- I’m more on the side of Liam not being racist (I lied saying I wasn’t going to discuss this, but need to in order to get point across). An age old thorn in the side of the black community is white people being ignorant towards racism even existing. If we all condemn Liam, how is this going to encourage the conversation of racism, why would white people want to discuss their previous racist experiences?

I kind of feel like some of the black community aren’t actually ready to even talk about race, maybe it’s because there’s been a rightful chip on our shoulders since time began, that the one time we have a white celebrity that can help propel the conversation on race and encourage others to speak up, we shut down the conversation and call him a racist. It’s like one of those too good to be true stories. Not in the sense of a celebrity “admitting” to being racist as some might say, but in a sense that here’s a white famous man admitting his faults and prejudice views from over 30 years ago.

I’m also at a cross road as to what do those who call Liam a racist actual think that will achieve and if they believe people change?

Liam done an act, or didn’t do an act, or he had a thought and should this define his whole being? He went good ol’ black people hunting for a week, a month, for a year for argument’s sake. Why should that matter if he doesn’t hold those views today and has changed for the better? Why is that the topic at hand?  I can see how not calling Liam a racist can bring about a solution, by opening up a dialogue. Discussing why and how he overcame, why he felt it was important to share this story and why his peers should too. There are so many gaps to fill in in this piece. But I guess that’s the point. – Damian Malontie.