Comedian's Comments are Indicative of Deeper Racism in America

The recent vile, racist tirade of comedian Michael Richards in a Los Angeles night club and anti-Semitic raves by actor/producer/director Mel Gibson earlier this year point to a pervasive trend in American culture, says the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

"Race and racism are complex, emotional issues in America — ones we are still reluctant to confront and address," said Vicangelo Bulluck, director of the NAACP's Hollywood Bureau. "Obviously there is an underlying current of racism in America. He's [Richards] a symptom of a much bigger problem.

"What is so disconcerting is these recent racist outbursts are coming from notable personalities that have benefited from the support of millions of minority fans around the world. Their behavior is totally inexcusable because they should know better," Bulluck added. "Mr. Richards' commentary was clearly racist and revealed racist thinking. His declaration that he "

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