Well, I have black friends, so I can't be racist. That's a line that many racists fall back on. Just because you have people (of color) that you tolerate, or who tolerate you, that does not mean you're not racist. Oh, it was just a joke is another line a racist will fall back on. The question is, a joke at who's expense? A racist attitude will speak louder than any words will. A persons true feelings will come out when they feel the least inhibited (drunk or drugged for example). In Rosanne's case, there were signs that she was racist long before her show was picked up again by ABC. So, why is anyone surprised by the turn of events? Just in case you didn't know, here's just a few of the things that shows Rosanne is a racist and one from the get go.