Liam Neeson’s revelation unmasks the dark heart of toxic white masculinity

“Neeson had laid bare the logic of lynching: “In many instances, when white men enact racist violence on black men, they imagine – or pretend – that they are committing this violence on white women’s behalf.” Neeson has centred himself in a woman’s trauma and sought to reinforce his masculinity through the use of indiscriminate violence.”

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The response to Liam Neeson’s recent revelations of his plans to randomly kill a Black man as an act of revenge has now switched to the impact on the actor’s career. But as Kristel Tracey writes, it reflects the fact there is still much work to do around toxic white masculinity and structural racism


You have to wonder what was going through Liam Neeson’s mind when he volunteered the story of the time he walked the streets with a “cosh” looking for a “black b******” to kill.

From the man who once referred to the #MeToo movement as a “bit of a witchhunt”, Neeson was recalling the time he responded to news of the rape of a close friend by a black man.

 “I went up and down areas with a cosh, hoping I’d be approached by somebody – I’m ashamed to say that – and I did it…

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