Not a black and white defence

As far as defences for serious misdemeanours go, the latest excuse for one Washington Redskins player Albert Haynesworth, in defending himself against sexual harrassment charges, was not only seen to be paper-thin but also indicative of a wider issue about racial stereotyping.

In claiming that your alleged victim couldn't possibly be telling the truth about the event as she is not the racial 'type' that you are attracted to, Haynesworth was thought by some to be suggesting that harassment cannot possibly occur outside of sexual preference.

He remarked that in relation to the incident in February this year, when he allegedly fondled a cocktail waitress' breast, that the waitress was 'a little black girl' that he doesn't really 'like'. DCentric has more:

'Later, according to the indictment, Hanyesworth told detectives 'I know what this is about, she is just upset I have a white girlfriend. I couldn’t tell you the last time I dated a black girl. She was trying to get with me.''

The case aside, the incident has sparked American interest in what it now perceives to be a new form of racial stereotyping: that of powerful, affluent African-American men choosing to go out with and marry white women. Whether there can be perceived to be a reason behind this rejection of one's own race or not is another matter, although the relationships between many of America's famous couples seem to support the trend.

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