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Michael “Kramer” Richards on the Radio

Posted by shadmia on November 27, 2006

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As promised Michael Richards showed up to do a radio talk show with the Rev. Jesse Jackson. This was aired on Jackson’s Keep Hope Alive program. The audio from this broadcast can be heard here.

Jesse Jackson asked him if he had had previous outbursts like this in the past, to which Richards replied that this was the first time he had used the word nigger to anyone. When Jackson asked him about the imagery of lynchings and if he really had such thoughts, Richards denied being a racist and did not know where all this was coming from.

“That’s why I’m shattered by it. The way this came through me was like a freight train. After it was over, when I went to look for them, they had gone. And I’ve tried to meet them, to talk to them, to get some healing,” he said.

Jackson continued by asking Richards about the lack of a Black presence on Prime Time TV and whether this was a symptom of the underlying racism in America. He also commented on the widespread use of the word nigger in the entertainment industry. Richards agreed that the word is in common use and this could have negative consequences:

“I fear that young whites will think it’s cool to go around and use that word because they see very cool people in the show business using that word so freely,” he said. “Perhaps that’s what came through in that … the vernacular is so accessible.”

Richards told Jackson that his tirade was one of anger not bigotry. He wanted to hurt the ones who had hurt him. “I was in a place of humiliation” he said.

This is the sixth article about Michael Richards. See the five previous articles in chronological order…. Kramer 1 Kramer 2 Kramer 3 Kramer 4 Kramer 5

2 Responses to “Michael “Kramer” Richards on the Radio”

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  2. shadmia said

    H Lewis Smith, Thanks for your pointer. However in the future please don’t promote anything in your posts.

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