Conor McGregor told a crowd of fans at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Thursday that he is “half black from the bellybutton down” in response to criticism for racist-driven comments he made earlier in the week.

The New York City event was the third of four stops on a world tour designed to bring attention to the Irishman’s boxing rules fight with Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas next month.

Americans will lavish millions of dollars on the fighter for the fight. Yes, this is in fact a clear definition of where America’s values have gone. We have become a nation that celebrates bullying and racism. That is some ‘shining city upon a hill,’ don’t you think, Ronald Reagan?