In my most recent post, I broke one of my general principles and embarrassed myself.
The general principle is to avoid using the term “racist,” which is thrown about too casually, unless I was sure. I withhold it because I regard it to be a serious, toxic accusation. My reticence to use the R-word actually annoys some of my friends.
In my most recent post, working off what appeared to be a black image I saw online, and the coincidence of a different offender in blackface I was told about by a city source, I wrongly accused this guy of being a dumbass, dimwit and racist.
He is not. Images he furnished to me prove the makeup is dark green, not the black it appeared to be to me, and he has used the makeup in the parade for years without incident.
This was from 2012.
And this shows yesterday’s color to be green.
When you screw up, you admit it. At his request, to avoid spreading this further, I am withholding his name. We spoke Thursday afternoon.
I screwed up because I violated my own principles. I am ashamed of doing that, and I humbly apologize to the guy I wrongly accused.