Wasserman's cartoon in yesterday's Boston Globe (click image, left) seems to miss the point. Michael Richards' public implosion offers an opportunity to reflect on something far larger than one man and one very ugly incident.
What flew out of Kramer was not his hidden membership in the Ku Klux Klan, but his previously hidden membership in that large sector of society that holds unconscious ideas about the inferiority of African-Americans, and other too-commonly maligned groupings of people. (Audience members at The Improv report a similar attack on Jews in April.) This furtive monster is more of a threat to the possibility of democracy than the more marginal, if openly hateful, perspective of the Klan and other neo-fascist fraternities.