It never ceases to amaze me the racist ignorant remarks that come out of peoples mouths. It's not only that they say these thing, but that they are so comfortable saying them. That is the part that floors me. John Mayer is one individual. Don Imus, Jimmy The Greek and countless others have put their foots in their mouths over the years. But I think many people miss the point.
The bigger issue with people and their racist remarks is that we as a society are quick to jump on the individual, and not address the systems of thought and social relations that produce them. Everyday people laugh at racist jokes. Everyday people tell them. And yet, we still don't get down to the reality that the racist remarks come out of a system of racial oppression.
This system discriminates against people of color everyday and has resulted in the separation, segregation and exploitation of countless millions. Racism in health care results in less quality medical treatment; in education, less quality learning; in criminal justice, higher instances of criminality because of racial profiling.
John Mayer is a knuckle head. As much as his words are stupid and hurtful, the system that fosters them should be the real target of reform.