Everyone is talking about the fact that Liam Neeson admitted to once walking around looking for a black man to kill in retaliation for the rape of his friend and everyone has an opinion on it – I doubt many of you would have expected what John Barnes had to say about it all though.
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Barnes was appearing on Sky News and said he respected Neeson for coming clean about his previous feelings and then accused the whole world of being unconscious racists. You can watch the full thing below, or check out a bit of a transcript of the important parts underneath that:
You cannot blame people for thinking Muslims, because of Muslim grooming gangs, Jamaican yardie gangs, then look at Muslims and Jamaicans in a negative light.
And he’s admitting that that is the way he viewed it. So, for this one black person who raped this woman, he then looked at it from the perspective of all black people are rapists.
As much as people are now jumping on this bandwagon of how terrible it is, what he has done is come out and he’s told the truth.
The big problem we have is when people are afraid to admit the way they actually feel…
I have more respect for him now than if he had come out and said, ‘I view all black people as equal, I just view everybody as equal’.
I always say, we are all unconscious racists,” he said. “And he said, unconsciously for a week and a half, that’s how he felt.
We have people who have been doing it and keeping it quiet for 20 years, but as long as you don’t admit it then we think everything is okay.
Neeson is the victim of a witch hunt.
How is Churchill a hero when he spoke about… he believes in gassing the lesser races. But he’s a hero.
And when Liam Neeson comes out and he admits that he was wrong in what he did, whereas Winston Churchill would never admit he was wrong, never, and if he was alive now he would still believe in the superiority of the Aryan race.
But Liam Neeson – someone who admits that, after a week and a half of thinking what he thought, that he was wrong, which is fine as far as I’m concerned – we’re now pillorying him.
I mean to be honest I’ve gotta kinda agree with him. I tried to make the point earlier in my article about it, but probably not as succinctly or with as much authority as Barnes does here. Hopefully some people listen to him and this and some good comes from this whole fiasco rather than just a black mark against Neeson’s name for the rest of his life.
For more of the same, see what Liam Neeson himself had to say about it all earlier today. Always gonna be controversial.