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Do Liam Neeson's Controversial Comments Make Him Racist?

Liam Neeson has sparked a race row after revealing that he wanted to kill a black man in revenge for...
Sarah Stacey
Sarah Stacey

5:52 PM - 5 Feb 2019



The Last Word With Matt Cooper

Do Liam Neeson's Controversial Comments Make Him Racist?

Sarah Stacey
Sarah Stacey

5:52 PM - 5 Feb 2019

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Liam Neeson has sparked a race row after revealing that he wanted to kill a black man in revenge for a friend's rape 40 years ago.

In an interview with The Independent, the actor said that, after finding out the person who had attacked his friend was black, he had walked around with a weapon hoping to encounter a black man so that he could kill him.

Neeson denied being a racist in an appearance on Good Morning America and admitted that he regretted his feelings.

Joe Loughnane, chairperson of the Galway Anti Racism Network, says he wouldn't give Neeson a pass for his comments, particularly because he admitted the first thing he had asked his friend about her attacker was what his skin colour was.

"What he has laid bare is the idea that black lives are not respected in the same way that other people's lives are."

"He's not the victim here. The victims are the people he is generalising."

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