Somebody had to bring it up. Might as well be me.
The news media, all the politically correct LA crowd, and of course, people in the civil rights industry are doing their level best to tar and feather this guy for saying something demeaning about black people, in private, to his 'girlfriend'.
Where's the outrage over the fact that somebody recorded him without his knowledge or permission? That's illegal most places. That doesn't make the things he said OK or acceptable, but let's remember there is a first amendment. He didn't say anything illegal. or advocate anything illegal, he just expressed a general dislike for blacks, and he did it in private.
I don't know the guy, but I'm willing to stipulate that he's a class-A tool. You don't get to that sort of position without hurting some feelings. I bet a lot of you out there have bosses who are class-A tools. It often comes with the territory.
Allow me to throw out a few things in his defense:
1. He's made millionaires out of quite a few black people.
2. His exposure to black people consists mostly of NBA players. As a group, they're not exactly a bunch of model citizens.
3. He's a geezer. When/if you get to be a geezer, as your days remaining wind down, you'll find that every day something new hurts when you get up and you don't really give a rat's behind about offending people here and there.
4. He grew up before civil rights. Not an excuse, just not that unusual for someone his age to have that kind of attitude.
Should he get a slap on the wrist? Sure. Should he be run out of town on a rail? Hardly, given that his behavior, while offensive, isn't anywhere near as damaging as that of some of his criticizers.
Magic Johnson? Cheated on his wife, presumably with a guy.
Michael Jordan? Greatest player ever, but he's exhibited plenty of toolish behavior over the years.
Sir Charles? Entertaining, but no saint as he'll be the first to admit.
I could go on...
I'd like to see the person who made and released the recording arrested and charged appropriately.