“I hate what happened, I hate what I said, I’m not a racist at all, whatsoever.”
It’s not a surprise that no one thinks they’re racist even in the most egregious cases that are caught on cell phone cameras; that they genuinely believe that even after uttering racial slurs from their own mouth that somehow they’re not racist.
Just once, I would love to see one of these racists reply “You know, I didn’t know i had it in me. Before this I didn’t consider myself racist, but clearly I am. I’m sorry and will work to be less racist.” Ok, maybe I want to see this more than once.
Berglund Refused to Sit In Backseat
The situation started on a Friday night on January 31. That’s when Arizona State University student Clarke was driving around; working as an Uber driver — a job he’s been worked at for several years, accumulated over 14,000 rides, a near perfect rating and earned the highest rewards status of Diamond.
All that didn’t matter when he accepted a ride request from Berglund at approximately 9 p.m. When Clarke arrived to pick him up, he asked Berglund if he would sit in the back seat since he was a solo passenger. Due to past troubles, Clarke placed a sign and note on the app that the front seat is reserved for when he has three passengers or more in the car.
This was indicated with a sign on the front passenger side on the outside window as well as in the app when Berglund booked the request. Maybe he missed all that because he’s new to Uber and used to booking horses?
The Trump-supporting Berglund (not a coincidence, friends) was clearly irritated by Clarke’s request and initially refused then commanded Clarke to cancel the ride.
After all that, Berglund got into the back seat and refused to leave the car when asked. He asked Clarke if the request was because he was white saying: “Is it because I’m white?” before sawing off and calling Clarke a “fucking nigger” and “fucking idiot.”
This not knowing that Clarke set this up because he was assaulted on a couple occasions by drunk passengers. That’s not to mention that it was a simple request; something that clearly angered the entitled Berglund and activated his hate. We’ll leave you with the video:
You might not think you are racist, but…
yes that’s racist, Hans.
“I’m not racist”
That’s the conclusion that James McMahon came to after being exposed for accidentally replying to job seeker Connie Cheung with an email saying “Me Love you long time,” a racist phrase which was first spoken by a Vietnamese sex worker in the late 80s film “Full Metal Jacket” and later sampled by 2 Live Crew for their hit song “Me so horny”.
The email was meant for Brian Haugh, McMahon’s co-worker and President of the recruitment company Chicago Search Group. Let’s take a deeper dive into his full, contradictory “apology” with caveats
“It was an insensitive, inside joke only meant for my partner,” McMahon said. “It was an insensitive comment, I realize that. It was a racist comment, I realize that …I had no racist intentions. I’m not racist, I’m certainly not sexist. I know I was 100 percent in the wrong. I wish it never happened, I wish I could take it back. It was a huge mistake and I’m sorry.”
So in sum, McMahon’s defense was that his email minimizing Cheung to a stereotype was meant for his white friend only, that the comment was both insensitive and racist, but somehow McMahon is still not a racist. Well, what makes for racist behavior then, James?
With All Due Respect, That’s Racist, Brian
If there was any healing take from McMahon’s apology, it was quickly undone by his ignorant boss Brian Haugh, who dismissed a friend of Cheungs who confronted him on email.
“With all due respect, I am focused on bigger problems than your friend being offended by a movie quote,” said the President of the Chicago-based employment recruitment company. “Sorry, but just don’t have time for this. Best of luck to you!! You may want to google libel laws before your crew posts things publicly. Our attorneys are on call….”
Actually Haugh, you might want to google “with all due respect” and “sorry“.
Haugh went on to say the company has hired employees that “happen to be Asian, black, gay, Spanish decent, etc” [sic] and explained McMahon is married to a woman who is black and Colombian. Given those facts, a responsible reporter would ask, are these hires/relationships of a racist person/organization?” he wrote.
God, some people’s understanding of racism is so shallow and weak. Just because you have black friends, a Colombian wife or hired Asians doesn’t give you Carte Blanche to say racist things, you fool.
Cheung wrote on her status on facebook responding to the incident, “When you apply for a job and the recruiting managers are emailing about you behind your back,” NBC News. In a second phone conversation between Cheung and McMahon, Cheung insisted that it was offensive and racist while McMahon white-splained that it was just a quote from a movie.
“I was just shocked because it’s been a while since I’ve personally received such racial and ignorant commentary relating to my ethnicity,” Cheung told USA TODAY.
A racist quote, Jimmy. One that you mimicked based on the assumed race of an applicant to your company.
Yes that’s racist, James.
” I’m not a racist!’ Sterling is heard saying to an unidentified friend.
Racism is not unknown in our society, and even as we advance forward in time, culture, and knowledge, some of us keep turning up with the mistakes of our past. In the case of Donald Sterling, a racist NBA owner of the Clippers, justice and karma couldn’t ignore his blunt, arrogant racism.
Even though this old-man had many other altercations with misogynistic comments and sexual harassment in the past, finally he got what he deserved. In a not-so-private recorded conversation in 2013, a very irritated Donald Sterling was discussing with V. Stiviano, his mistress, over one of her posts on Instagram. In the picture, she was posing with none other than Magic Johnson.
This was the transcribed text from that recorded discussion between the Sterling and Stiviano
“It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people.”. And also, “I’m just saying, in your lousy fucking Instagrams, you don’t have to have yourself with, walking with black people.”. And also, “You can sleep with black people. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on that … and not to bring them to my games.”.
Heavy, racist stuff. TMZ Sports revealed this bombshell on April 25, 2014. Many people jumped to his defense while many others were rightfully outrage. But the discontent was highly visible, with the the President of the United States, Barack Obama, making comments on the issue at that time.
What were the consequences?
After just two days of investigation, the NBA itself ruled out a lifetime ban and a fine of $2.5 million. That’s not much, considering that the net worth of the guy at the time was $1.9 billion.
At the time, an 82-year old went to CNN to make a public apology, however, things got even worse for him. Instead of apologizing, he blamed his ex-girlfriend, as she “baited him” to say such things, while also saying “I’m not a racist”. Yeah, sure you’re not, pal.
Also, he further criticized Magic Johnson for his battle with HIV saying “should be ashamed of himself”, which deepened the hatred towards him.
More recordings were released to Radar Online revealing Sterlings’ very basic understanding of racism and using his background as a defense.
‘How can you be in this business and be a racist? Do you think I tell the coach to get white players? Or to get the best player he can get? …I grew up in East L.A…. I was the president of the high school there. I mean, and I’m a Jew! And 50 per cent of the people there were black and 40 per cent were Hispanic,’
So basically, just because Sterling is Jewish, owns a basketball team with mostly black players and grew up around minorities means he can’t be racist. Sure, Donald.
No more racist NBA owners
For even more punishment, after a long battle, he was forced to sell it to Microsoft’s CEO, Steve Ballmer, for $2 billion. This was the final stroke that ended the relationship between the La Clippers, and Donald Sterling, the racist ex-owner.
Finally, this is just an example of what the world must do with racist ignorant people. We must use them as an example of what must not be done. Nobody can escape the consequences of their acts, and a high profile like a racist NBA owner was the perfect example.
By the way, yes, Donald, that’s racist.
‘I’m not a racist by any means’
Hold on now. A “remorseful” David Mesher told “Good Morning Britain” that he wasn’t racist after a viral video showed Mesher berating Delsie Gayle, a 77-year old woman, by calling her a “stupid ugly cow,” “an ugly black bastard,” and to not to speak to him in another language.
The septuagenarian’s crime? The verbal assault laid out on the Ryanair Flight back in October 2018 was due to Gayle not moving quickly enough out of his way so he could get to his window seat.
Yeah, all that for that. And of course, despite calling her a black bastard, Mesher still believes he’s not a racist. Here’s how he rationalized his behavior on the show:
“I probably lost my temper a bit and ordered her to get up,” he told Good Morning Britain “I’m not a racist person by any means, and it’s just a fit of temper at the time, I think.”
Oh that’s it, huh?
Dear David, that “fit of temper” is the first part of many choose your own adventure.
The next part is how you decide to manifest that so-called temper. You can choose to be a human being and be empathetic to the 77 year old as she attempts to move out of a tight seating space to allow you your window seat. Then there’s a HUGE spectrum of actions between that and calling her a “an ugly black bastard.”
Since you decided to go the extreme route and chose to use those words, we have a couple words of our own for you: Yes that’s racist. And because those words came out of your mouth means you’re racist, David.
“I am not racist.”
This is what New York lawyer Aaron Schlossberg tweeted in an apology after becoming infamous for berating employees at a Midtown deli for speaking Spanish and yelling at customers for defending said employees.
In that May 2018 incident, a cell phone video of the event went viral as Schlossberg went off on Spanish speaking employees, assuming they were illegal immigrants and threatening to call authorities to get them deported.
“My guess is they’re not documented, so my next call is to ICE to have each one of them kicked out of my country,” he said. “If they have the balls to come here and live off my money — I pay for their welfare. I pay for their ability to be here. The least they can do — the least they can do — is speak English.”
In testing out the old adage of “actions speak louder than words,” Schlossberg ultimately release a statement via Twitter that was the exact opposite of his behavior; explaining one of the reasons he loved living and working in New York was for its diversity and “because of immigrants and the diversity of cultures immigrants bring to this country.”
Right Aaron, you’ll forgive us if we look at your tweet about diversity sideways especially when compared with the following statement?
“This is America! If they have the balls to come here and live off my money…I pay for their welfare. I pay for their ability to be here. The least they can do is speak English.”
Yes That’s Racist, Aaron Schlossberg.
“I am not racist”
This came from the mouth of Jill Cronenberger after she told a Spanish-speaking employee to get the f•ck out of my country” at a Mexican restaurant in Parkersburg, West Virginia
Cronenberger was told to leave the restaurant after the very clearly xenophobic and racist comment she directed at Sergio Budar, an American citizen and the General Manager of the Tampico restaurant for speaking Spanish with two employees.
According to Latino Rebels, the video began with Jill telling Budar that she rationalized her supposed open-mindedness by saying that she “lived in California for 20 years. English is our first language, so you need to speak English.” At that point, he apologizes for speaking Spanish when Cronenberger replies, “Well, I’m sorry about you too. Get the f•ck out of my country,” as her companion tried to get the belligerent Jill to not talk anymore.
According to Heavy.com, when she was asked to leave, Cronenberger pushed Budar and leveled up; saying ‘I got raped by illegal aliens and you want me to be nice to you?’ – no doubt a reference to Donald Trump’s comments back in 2016.
Are you really sorry? Are you really not a racist, Jill?
Actually, yes, that’s racist Jill. Like, really racist.
Good old Nancy Goodman won the triple crown of racism in July 2019. After angrily tossing a racial slur at fellow customers at a restaurant in North Carolina, she summoned the courage and awareness to tell local television station WRAL that she, in fact, wasn’t racist:
According to WRAL, Goodman said that she’s not racist.
Right before using that racial slur, she used this first level, mind-bending rationale:
Goodman told the women that she has “really good friends that are black, and I love them.”
What started the confrontation was Goodman becoming annoyed by a group of women celebrating a birthday at a Bonefish Grill in Raleigh, North Carolina. Words were exchanged before Goodman called Lakesha Shaw a “stupid, n—–“. That wasn’t it either. The 71 year old Nancy had this to say when asked about using the racial slur.
“I used that word because they forced me into it.” blaming it on her anxiety before doubling-down and telling WRAL “I would say it again.”
Dammit Nancy, that’s racist. Rumors are swirling that Nancy is being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.