OK, I'm going to continue to take the high road in my discussion, but at the same time, after some time for deliberation, I'm ready to respond to these allegations.
Am I racist? No. Not in the slightest.
I'm implying that if you say a racially charged insult at someone, there is the possibility you may get the shit beaten out of you. Now, I can only speak for myself. A person's reaction to racism varies. One man might just be hurt and walk away, not wanted to dignify such garbage with any kind of a response. Like when Jeremy Schaap just walked away from Bobby Fischer after Fischer called his father "a Jewish Snake."
Others may get angry. If someone hurled a racist comment against me, I can't say I wouldn't throw down right then and there out of pure anger. And since I am human, I assumed that others out there might feel the same. I never concocted an image of "a gang of black guys." You did that.
If I offended you, I am truly sorry as that was not my intention. I hope the rest of my comments on this thread can be taken into account as to what my feelings are on this matter. I've been condemning Steve from the beginning. At first, I was so taken aback by the comments that I deflected them a bit with humor, but I still said I thought it was bad. I wanted to give myself a few days to process the information before making a shoot-from-the-hip kind of reaction that I may have regretted upon further examination.
I never once said "all black men are thugs that will commit assault if dissed." You did. You are putting words in my mouth. But is it not a possibility that one could get his ass kicked for throwing racially charged insults at anyone, regardless of race? I believe yes because I can't say for sure what I would do if someone did that to me, and my initial reaction to racism directed towards me is anger, so I was really only speaking from my own perspective there.
No, I don't believe Steve Williams should die. I was hoping he would get some kind of punishment from the Tour, but he did not.
As you can see, that is no where in my response to you whatsoever.
How so? Because you put words in my mouth? Like I said, anger is a common initial reaction to racism. And I know this to be true because this is my common initial reaction to it.
You can write me off all you want, but never have I once said anything racist to anyone, anywhere in my entire 28 years of life on this planet. You are attacking an innocent man with very little evidence to back your side of it.
If I somehow offended you, I am very sorry and I apologize. But please re-read all my comments on the thread to get a clear picture of how I feel on this issue. I hope you can forgive me. There is absolutely nothing racist about me as a person whatsoever, and I take any such accusations very seriously.
If you'd care to discuss this further with me, you can always PM me.
Edited by JetFan1983 - 11/7/11 at 5:46pm