A group of women were chatting and laughing together like old friends when the subject turned to race.
One of them said she was amazed that Donald Trump, while running for president, could get away with describing Mexican immigrants as “rapists” and “killers.”
“If you kick every Latino out of this country,” another chimed in, “then who is going to be cleaning your toilet, Donald Trump?”
Someone gasped and there was an awkward pause. One of the group was of Puerto Rican descent and two others were African-American. They were all panelists on the ABC show, “The View,” and their conversation before a studio audience was being broadcast live.
The woman whose comment derailed the perky talk-show banter was reality TV star Kelly Osbourne, who is white. She later took to Twitter to “take responsibility for my poor choice of words,” but added, “I will not apologize for being a racist as I am NOT.”
No one is ever a racist, judging by the parade of apologies from celebrities, politicians and even police officers caught acting in apparently racially offensive ways. But here’s a thought: What if a white person called out for such behavior instead said, “What I did was racist, and there’s no other excuse. I was wrong.”