The movie Crash showed us all that racism is still very much alive and well in America. Last night, on a hard-hitting Primetime, journalist John Quinones went one step further, exploring many important issues, including racism, in a show titled, "What Would You Do?"
In one segment titled "Dealing with a Racist Cabbie," a secret camera crew filmed passengers as they enter a taxi driven by a racist cab driver. As the driver spewed his racist hatred, what would be the reaction of the various passengers?
"Are we all driven by prejudice and fear? Do we all harbor racist thoughts?
Say you’re riding in a taxi and the driver starts a racist tirade — denigrating blacks, Arabs, Jews, Asians, or Hispanics. Would you argue with him, tell him to shut up and let you out, or just keep quiet? Or would you maybe even join in?"
To paraphrase John Quinones before the show cut to the commercial for erectile dysfunction: "We were about to learn… "
Now I know many of you have already emailed me about this show, but in case you missed it — I was one of the passengers. Some suggested that I didn’t combat the driver’s racism as strongly as I should have. I will not apologize for what I said. You all know that I am not a racist. Imagine yourself in my position, alone in the cab with a talkative driver —
Here is the transcript:
Neil enters the cab.
"59th and Lexington, please."
"Sure thing. You in town for a convention?"
"No, just visiting. I’m meeting some of my blogging friends."
"Yeah? You’re a blogger? You know any Asian bloggers?"
"A few. Why?"
"It’s just… Asians are the worst drivers. I was wondering what type of bloggers they are?"
"This isn’t being recorded or anything?"
"Nah, nah, nah."
"So, I can be open with you?"
"Asians are as bad blogging as they are driving. Especially those Koreans. I don’t care if Jackie Chan is Korean. They come to this country and think they can blog like everyone else."
"I hear you, buddy. At least there aren’t any black bloggers."
"Unfortunately, there are. Tons of them. I don’t even understand half the stuff they write. It’s always about rap music and big butts. Sometimes, they don’t even tell you that they’re black and you’re reading them every day until they publish a photo of themselves and it’s like, "Holy shit, that motherfucker is as black as my leather jacket.""
"Holy shit is right. They should make you post a photo so you can see who the blogger really is."
"Maybe it would work for the blacks, but what about the Jews. Nowadays, Jews don’t even look like Jews anymore, with all that kabbalah crap going on."
"Oh, man, don’t get me started on those Jews."
"The Jews suck, man. And I should know. I’m Jewish myself. You want a pain in the ass for the rest of your life, you marry a Jewish woman. "Neilochka, fix my computer. Neilochka, I bought you new pants. Neilochka, eat my borscht." They’ll drive you so crazy, you’ll want to hit your head on the mezzuzah!"
"Man, oh Manischewitz. Hey, tell me. Is it true that Jews control all the money in the world and run the entertainment, medical, and legal fields?"
"Yes. They’d run the blogging world, too — but they ain’t stupid. There’s no money in it!"
"So, who runs the blogging world?"
"Who do you think? — the Pakistanis!"
The cab suddenly pulls over to the curb.
"Hey — why are you stopping the car?"
A camera crew approaches, along with John Quinones.
"Hello, I’m John Quinones of ABC’s Primetime and we’re conducting a experiment to see how people respond to a racist cabbie."
"What are you — a fucking Puerto Rican?"
"You realize that this is being recorded and will be watched by millions of Americans…?"
"It will? www.citizenofthemonth.com! Come one, come all — even the Koreans! I really do love Jackie Chan!"