Why Do We Forgive & Forget So Easily?

Last week, I wrote about John Mayer's racist penis. In the comments, Dark_Moon made a comment about Eric Clapton being racist. Now, I had to actually Google this, as I had never heard that Eric Clapton was racist. How can a man who essentially plays black music, has been strongly influenced by black music, and loves to have black background singers, be racist? Well, read this, and let me know what you think:

Do we have any foreigners in the audience tonight? If so, please put up your hands. Wogs I mean, I'm looking at you. Where are you? I'm sorry but some fucking wog...Arab grabbed my wife's bum, you know? Surely got to be said, yeah this is what all the fucking foreigners and wogs over here are like, just disgusting, that's just the truth, yeah. So where are you? Well wherever you all are, I think you should all just leave. Not just leave the hall, leave our country. You fucking (indecipherable). I don't want you here, in the room or in my country. Listen to me, man! I think we should vote for Enoch Powell. Enoch's our man. I think Enoch's right, I think we should send them all back. Stop Britain from becoming a black colony. Get the foreigners out. Get the wogs out. Get the coons out. Keep Britain white. I used to be into dope, now I'm into racism. It's much heavier, man. Fucking wogs, man. Fucking Saudis taking over London. Bastard wogs. Britain is becoming overcrowded and Enoch will stop it and send them all back. The black wogs and coons and Arabs and fucking Jamaicans and fucking (indecipherable) don't belong here, we don't want them here. This is England, this is a white country, we don't want any black wogs and coons living here. We need to make clear to them they are not welcome. England is for white people, man. We are a white country. I don't want fucking wogs living next to me with their standards. This is Great Britain, a white country, what is happening to us, for fuck's sake? We need to vote for Enoch Powell, he's a great man, speaking truth. Vote for Enoch, he's our man, he's on our side, he'll look after us. I want all of you here to vote for Enoch, support him, he's on our side. Enoch for Prime Minister! Throw the wogs out! Keep Britain white!

Now this was obtained from Wikipedia, so I decided to get some back up sources here and here to see if you guys could make it sound any nicer or justify the comment.

Now in today's world, we would get a nice weepy apology for such things, but back then, he got away with it, it was forgotten, and we all got lovey dovey with "Tears In Heaven" and all enjoy his blue-eyed blues. He gets endorsements and is a spokesperson for big huge companies.

Look proof, he isn't racist anymore, he's friends with Buddy Guy!!!! More like he is stealing Buddy Guy's music, but hey, you live and learn, right? I mean he can't justify what he said years later? Oh yes, he does. Clapton justifies his statements. Declaring Enoch Powell as "brave" and what the man said was still relevant. His stance has softened because now he believes the poor immigrants are exploited and forced into ghettos. I guess just the non-white ones.

Eric Clapton was the inspiration for the organization Rock Against Racism. Ironically so was David Bowie, you know that white guy married to Iman. Now, you know I love David Bowie, but I can't justify his dumb ass either. I don't think fascism is all that great and that Hitler was a rock star. That's just me though. At least Bowie was smart enough to apologize and at least blame the drugs for his stupidity. Drugs don't cause racism, but you know he didn't stand by the remarks. Elvis Costello has had to apologize for calling Ray Charles a "blind, arrogant n*gger" and James Brown as a "jive ass n*gger" and he didn't even do that onstage, but rather in a drunken stupor at a Holiday Inn bar.

So why do people continue to support people like Clapton? I feel a celebrity should put out a half assed apology before we all pretend we love them again.

Why do we forgive and forget? I hold a grudge too long to forget. I think others should do the same in regards to folks like John Mayer and Eric Clapton.