Goat Boy wrote:
PENK wrote:I think most people recognise Neeson's comments for what they were, a discussion of a mistake he made when young and soon regretted, rather than some kind of evidence that he is an Evil Nazi Who Wants To Bring Back Slavery And Apartheid. The biggest problem is that the idiots who get all het up about it and want to ban him from ever doing anything ever again kick up a big shitstorm that distracts from actual issues that are actually happening now in actual places to actual people.
I suspect you're right but those voices have increasing influence today I think.
It's symptomatic of a very creepy kind of moralising you get these days, particularly on the modern left and which finds its natural home in that arena of virtue signalling outrage Twitter. It's creepified even further by the fact that it's become even more fundamentalist, making thoughts themselves sinful.
Let's get this right - he didn't just 'think' about harming any black man.... he actively went out into the streets to pursue and harm any black man that just happened to question why he was walking along the street wielding a cosh in his hand. Now you may consider it okay to just harm a particular person because they look like someone who has done harm to someone else - but, sadly for you, the law says that's racially aggravated insert whatever offence
. And rightly so. You may even consider it okay to use the term 'black bastard' when describing the innocent person you are looking to maim. You may even justify it all by saying none of this really happened and Neeson was just making this up to give us all a lecture about the dangers of racism (though he hasn't himself said that, even now).
But don't for one minute believe it's 'creepy moralising' to find the words and actions of Neeson so morally repugnant that one feels the need to speak out against it. It's a perfectly understandable and reasonable response to a man who has, in essence, admitted that he wanted to commit a race crime - because he somehow thought that he could justify it, in his own twisted set of values.
Read it again. “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 ‘black bastard’ would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could … kill him.”
You still want to justify Neeson's words and actions?