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Steve Harvey: 'Michael Richards' Racist Slur Not That Offensive'

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Apr 23, 2007 | 5:13am EDT

Comedian Steve Harvey was surprised at the uproar surrounding Michael Richards’ racist slur last year, because he didn't think the comment was that offensive.

Richards hit the headlines in November for repeated use of the ‘n’ word during a foul-mouthed tirade aimed at two African-American hecklers at the Laugh Factory in California.

But the Johnson Family Vacation star, 50, has dismissed Richards as "unimportant," insisting people should be more concerned about racism creeping into mainstream politics.

He says, "I don't understand the uproar. White people been calling us n**gers for years. I've been conscious of this racism bulls**t since I was four.

"Now everybody's real sick because of Michael Richards? Michael Richards ain't... important.

"It's when (politician) David Duke runs for office in New Orleans as a (Ku Klux) Klan member... and gets votes--that concerns me."

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