NBC NEWS — Liam Neeson is in the hot seat after a UK newspaper published a story that includes his recount of a dark moment in his past.
In the interview, Neeson confessed that nearly 40 years ago, after a woman close to him told him that she had been raped, he had a “primal urge” to seek revenge against any black person regardless of whether or not they had been involved in the crime:
“And after that, there were some nights I went out deliberately into black areas in the city, looking to be set upon so that I could unleash physical violence.”
The actor expressed shame, guilt, and even disbelief at his own actions. Hopefully, Neeson’s confession will prop open the doors to a deeper conversation about implicit racial biases and the situations in which these biases tend to bubble to the surface.
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