I have doubts about whether this web site is an appropriate place to have a serious discussion about race matters. The biggest problem we have in discussing the Principessa ban is the lack of a common vocabulary. Cultural ignorance runs a close second. It really is different here in the US. To me, based on my own experiences, racism equates to prejudices + the political/economic power to act upon those prejudices. The system that gives me privilege and economic clout as a white man is inherently racist. I've seen little change since I began to become aware of economic, political, and social imbalances over 40 years ago. Black people, in the USA, in 2010, are not capable of being racist. There is no person or group of people of color who can block me from having easier access to money, government services, education, or anything else. I have privileges that are granted to me automatically as a result of my status as a white person, privileges that are still difficult for a black, especially a black woman, to obtain. What Principessa purportedly said was not racist. It might have been an indication of bigotry. Calling a white person a 'cracker' is a mild racial epithet, but mere use of bigoted language does not make a person a bigot. Bigotry is not racism is not prejudice. They're three different things. It's sloppy and imprecise to attempt to use all three terms to mean the same thing. They are not interchangeable. What's your definition of racism?