Probst tries to figure out what Phillip is saying, but Philip keeps going, quoting Richard Pryor and saying that when black people confront "certain types of individuals," those individuals will think they are crazy N-words. Um, or something. I mean, I am all for a race debate, but this is difficult to recap because Phillip actually is crazy [Stop being racist, Sara! -- Angel] and it's hard to understand the point he's trying to make. Probst tells Phillip he's going to have to explain this better, because Probst isn't getting it. "Do you know what it's like to be a woman?" Phillip asks. " ... I don't," Probst says, only momentarily thrown by the question. Phillip sort of has a point, though, which is that Probst doesn't know what it's like to be black, either. Probst tries to stop Phillip, but he will not be stopped. He demands that Probst let him finish. We will be here all night. Phillip says that when he was a federal agent in the unnamed "department" that he worked for, he was the only black person out of 67 agents. I think that's more because the other 66 agents were fictional, and therefore no race at all. He says he knew when his co-workers were being racist just like a woman knows when a man is talking down to her. And he gets that vibe from Steve, who shakes his head.
Probst says that's all well and good, but he's still trying to figure out how Phillip went from Steve saying he was crazy to Steve thinking he is an N-word. Phillip tells us another story of when he moved to upstate New York in 1967 and went to the grocery store with his father, and the grocer called his father "boy." He didn't call him the N-word, but "boy" was the same thing. Steve asks if he can say something. Phillip says he can't until Phillip is done talking. We will be here all night. Steve talks anyway. He says he was in the NFL for 13 years, the last seven of which were on the LA Raiders, most of whom were black. He says he's not racist. Probst doesn't want to give Steve any attention because his rational thoughts and sane and succinct way of stating them are boring, so he turns back to Phillip and asks if he's saying that Steve should have said Phillip's argument was crazy instead of saying that Phillip himself was crazy, because that brought up painful memories of all the other things people who may have actually been racist have said to Phillip. Phillip will agree with that. Probst says it seems to him, then, that Phillip took the argument one way due to his own life experiences and Steve took it another. That doesn't mean that Steve is racist or wanted to say that Phillip was the N-word or that Phillip didn't sincerely believe he did. The entire tribe nods at this. I am impressed with Probst's ability to figure out both sides of the argument, not to mention phrase it in a way that makes Phillip seem slightly less insane for going off like that. But only slightly.