Actor Michael Richards Defends His Racial Comments in Court-Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

This is supposedly a racist presentation that actor Michael Richards made while in court defending himself for the racial statements that he made during a comedy routine in California.

The Truth:

This eRumor is a hoax.

Michael Richards is an Emmy award winning comedian and actor who is best known for his popular role as Cosmo Kramer in the Seinfeld TV series.

In November of 2006 he made headlines because of racial epithets he made during a comedy appearance at the Laugh Factory, a club in West Hollywood, California.   He reacted to an African-American heckler in the audience with an outburst of targeted racial comments that were recorded by someone who caught the episode on a cell-phone video recording. 

Richards made a follow-up appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman in which he made a public apology and said that he went into a rage in response to the heckling and his attempt to be outrageous backfired.

He never had to go to court over the incident and never made the statements that are attributed to him in the eRumor.

The text of this eRumor has been circulating on the Internet for quite a while.  We do not know who really wrote it but someone decided to add Richards’ name to it and fabricate the part about it being a court presentation.

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

Michael Richards Court Speech

Makes one stop and think after reading this :
Michael Richards is better known as Kramer from tv’s Seinfeld series.

This was his defense speech in court after making racial comments in
his comedy act.
He makes some very interesting points. He said :
I’m proud To Be White
Someone finally said it.
How many are actuall y paying attention to this ?
There are African Americans, Mexican Americans,
Asian Americans, Arab Americans, etc.
And then there are just Americans.
You pass me on the street and sneer in my direction.
You Call me ‘White boy,’ ‘Cracker,’ ‘Honkey,’
‘Whitey,’ ‘Caveman’ … and that’s OK.

But when I call you, Nigger, Kike, Towel head,
Sand-nigger, Camel Jockey, Beaner , Gook, or Chink …
You call me a racist.
You say that whites commit a lot of violence against you,
so why are the ghettos the most dangerous places to live ?

You have the United Negro College Fund.
You have Martin Luther King Day.
You have Black History Month.
You have Cesar Chavez Day.
You have Yom Hashoah.
You have Ma’uled Al-Nabi.
You have the NAACP.
You have BET.
If we had WET (White Entertainment Television) we’d be racists.
If we had a White Pride Day, you would call us racists.
If we had White History Month , we’d be racists.
If we had any organization for only whites to ‘advance’
OUR lives we’d be racists.
We have a Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, a Black Chamber of Commerce,
and then we just have the plain Chamber of Commerce.
Wonder who pays for that ?

A white woman could not be in the Miss Black American pageant,
but any color can be in the Miss America pageant. If we had a college
fund that only gave white students scholarships you know we’d be
racists. There are over 60 openly proclaimed Black Colleges in the US .
Yet if there were ‘White colleges’ THAT would be a racist college.

In the Million Man March, you believed that you were marching for your
race and rights. If we marched for our race and rights,
you would call us racists. You are proud to be black, brown, yellow and
orange, and you’re not afraid to announce it.
But when we announce our white pride, you call us racists.

You rob us, carjack us, and shoot at us.

But , w hen a white police officer shoots a black gang member or
beats up a black drug-dealer running from the law and posing a
threat to society, you call him a racist.
I am proud.
But you call me a racist.
Why is it that only whites can be racists ?

There is nothing improper about this e-mail.

Let’s see which of you are proud enough to send it on.