Thursday, July 15, 2010

Mel Gibson and America's hidden racism
By Blair H. Taylor, Special to CNN
July 15, 2010

Editor's note: Blair H. Taylor is president and CEO of the Los Angeles Urban League. He was named one of the Top 50 Nonprofit Leaders of Power and Influence in 2009 and 2010 by Non Profit Times.

(CNN) -- Actor and director Mel Gibson appears to be at it again. This time the issue is not a tirade berating Jews and women in front of police officers. Instead, it's an outrageous message that was apparently left on his girlfriend's answering machine and likely was never supposed to come under public scrutiny.
The despicable message ended with the voice of someone purported to be Gibson telling his girlfriend that her dress was so provocative, she was likely to be "gang-raped by a bunch of n*****s." The audio recording, one of several, appeared on the website RadarOnline. (CNN cannot independently confirm the authenticity of the tapes.)
Let's set aside for the moment whatever Gibson's psychological issues may be. Of even more concern are what such "behind the scenes" remarks can tell us about ourselves and our culture.

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