and I never said he was racist but yes the word in the way he used it WAS offensive to most. YOU may not have thought so and that is fine. I respect the fact YOU didn't think it was offensive.
And its not just "some" that find it offensive, MOST people find negro offensive.
My main quibble is his apparent viewpoint - namely that he spoke of black persons as a whole rather than individuals. Granted people do that all the time, but I dislike it.
My second quibble is that he apparently doesn't realize how idiotic comparing any form of life to a life of slavery is. Even if black persons somehow are worse off now in terms of culture, family, and so forth, at least they're not slaves. For ****s sake. To say such a thing shows either a near-total lack of historical knowledge....or some crazy kind of stereotype about black persons wherein being enslaved is somehow acceptable to them...or something else, I dunno.
My third quibble was his choice of words. Not much of one, because it seems to me that he doesn't realize many persons stopped using "the negro", "colored people", "negroes", and so forth as words to describe black persons awhile ago. I'm not someone who subscribes to the notion that only politically correct words should be used, but....
Actually this ties in with quibble #1 - he used the term "the negro" as if he were speaking of a single entity.
I dislike that.
I don't think he knows he's slightly racist/bigoted. Or at the least he has stereotypes and uses them as reality.
As I have said before.
But unknowingly so.
Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller
Your claim is ridiculous in light of what he explained he meant.
Being poor at expressing himself, and ignorant of the subject material does not make one an idiot.
"The law is reason, free from passion."