Talk to Me - Tammy Woehler
The way I perceived Petey, he was not a racist at heart. I don't even think he was racist. He treated everyone the same way they treated him, or how the others treated everyone else. Petey threw out some harsh words towards Perry Gordy for treating people poorly and trying to get charisma points from it. Petey also didn't take anything from anybody - white or black. If someone who was black shoved Petey, he would shove them black. If someone who was white punched Petey, he would punch them back. After the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. the black community went wild, setting the city ablaze and attacking the white communiity. Petey pulled black people off of the white people, ending the fights, not getting involved in them. After that, Petey got on the radio basically saying that retalliation isn't the way to go about reacting to the death of Dr. King, Jr. That he didn't die for this, it's not something he would have wanted to see. Even on the stage of the Tonight Show when Petey said the audience was "too white" for him, I still don't believe that makes him a racist. I think he might have been afraid of a mainly white dominated setting and failing in that setting. Petey just wants to be himself and if he doesn't "perform" well on the show, he might just feel like he failed at being himself. That's all I think it was. In the movie, I never saw anything that were signs to Petey being racist.