bill cosby said that too and the minute he was in trouble he started whistling a different tune. Really depends on the person, one of my music heroes, Nat King Cole was called an uncle tom by Thurgood Marshall for not saying a negative word about some of the people who were giving him a hard time in the south, if you know the first thing about Nat, you'd know he was about the gentlest, most non-confrontational man you could imagine, not a fighter and I wouldn't call him an uncle tom either. Yes, you're correct, anyone with any kind of notoriety is gonna deal with criticism, can't please everyone. Neil's a nerd, I couldn't imagine him having a lot of feelings about race, it might have been different had he had the same run ins that other black men had in different fields. People do have bias', we, you and i and everyone else will run across people who just will not like us because of one thing or the other, a lot of hurt wounded people out here because of it. Neil doesn't seem to be one, good for him. ironically, my black stepdad started repeating a story to me about how seatlle police would call him the n word when he was a seattle cop, the funny thing about it, was he never, ever said anything about racism, warranted or not until the last couple years, never, and I remember growing up, he could only get jobs selling shoes and shit. Never complained, and only blamed himself.