Among those on the opposing end is Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who labeled the concept as “an atrocious idea.”
*With the NFL considering a rule that would penalize use of the N-word during games, Miami Heat center Chris Bosh was asked if he would support a similar ban in the NBA.
“It’s a very tough situation,” Bosh told reporters after Wednesday’s practice in preparation for Thursday’s game against the New York Knicks. “If that’s the case, they should ban all slurs. And I know it’s a big deal, because I think that word is used too much, especially in the mainstream nowadays.”
Bosh, who is black, said he hears the N-word used by players during games and that it creates uncomfortable situations, although he says it’s used primarily “in a friendly” way.
*As the NFL’s competition committee soon considers a rule that would penalize players for using the N-word on the field, one veteran believes it will be difficult for the league to police the use of the racial slur, reports ESPN.
“I think it’s going to be really tough to legislate this rule, to find a way to penalize everyone who uses this word,” Ryan Clark, a Pittsburgh Steelers safety who’s spent 12 years in the league, told ESPN’s Bob Ley during an “Outside The Lines” special report. “And it’s not going to be white players using it toward black players. Most of the time you hear it, it’s black players using the word.”
The OTL broadcast aired Sunday night, just days after the head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which monitors diversity in the NFL, said he expects the league to establish a rule that would call for a 15-yard penalty for players who use the N-word on the field. John Wooten, the head of the alliance, anticipates that the competition committee will enact the rule at the owners’ meeting in late March.
*Even though she’s known and revered for being outspoken, you would think Madonna of all people would know better.
The pop superstar is apologizing today after she stuck her foot in her mouth and called her son Rocco Ritchie – who is white - the N-word via Instagram (scroll down to see it).
*Hours after news broke that MSNBC had canceled Alec Baldwin’s short-lived talk show, “Up Late,” in light of the controversy surrounding his latest alleged use of a homophobic slur, comedian Joan Rivers defended the actor’s comments to TMZ.com.
“Everybody just relax,” Rivers said to the camera, before dropping a string of racial epithets directed at every race and sexuality.
“Everybody is either a wop, a nigger, a kike, a chink…,” she began. She didn’t stop until she hit every ethnic group.
She closed by telling every ethnic group to be glad we live in America and to “stop being so uptight.”
“And this [message] goes for the Indians, both dot and feather,” she concluded.
Watch her entire rant below:
*(Via Huffington Post) – Since the 1960s, America has gone through a number of topical changes in its cultural makeup. Over the last 50 years we have seen everything from the election of the nation’s first Black President, to a Black woman named Oprah attaining the status of billionaire. Yet, we stand at a place where the anomaly does little to explain the mass reality of a Black America that has digressed by nearly every major indicator over that same period. Financial stability, incarceration rate, social structure, moral commitment, we have lost path and direction no matter the category you identify. To put this in context, according to DiversityInc.com
The wealth of Black households is a statistic not even compiled until 1984. At that point, Black families had about 9 percent of the wealth of white households. This financial gap has not only widened in the past 30 years, but the wealth of Black households has shrunk from just over $7,000 to roughly $6,400. White families have seen their wealth increase from $82,000 to more than $91,000 in that same time period, or more than $14,000 for every $1,000 of wealth Black families have. Dr. King’s Dream Failing?
Also, during this time we have seen an even greater digression in our athletes, entertainers and politicians’ stance on issues that play on the reality of America’s ugly racial history. From Jay-Z’s race neutral response to Barneys, to the more recent issues with Charles Barkley & Matt Barnes opinions on the word Ni**a. The distance we have fallen since Muhammad Ali stated, “I Ain’t Got No Quarrel With The VietCong…No VietCong Ever Called Me Nigger” in 1966 is mammoth.Modern American popular culture has become so popular that it has left history out of its DNA. It has replaced that history with a mix of idealism, hope and fantasy. Recreating the black and white divide that has defined our country, as though it were the Hatfields and McCoys, with two sides of equal power that need to now get along. The issue is American history did not happen that way. We are on the precipices of having to honestly face what America’s racial monster really left under our cultural bed, as our nation’s postmodern image of race cracks under the pressure of historical reality.
Earlier this month Matt Barnes upon being ejected from a game tweeted:
The tweet was then supported by statements by Charles Barkley on TNT, narrowly defining a validation for the use of the word (Ni**a). Note: A word that I feel should be stricken from the English language and American culture due to it resonating an echo of an ugly history of slavery, lynchings, rape and dehumanization.
On TNT Barkley stated “Matt Barnes there is no apology needed. I’m a black man. I use the N-word. I will continue to use the N-word with my black friends, with my white friends. They are my friends. In a locker room and when I’m with my friends we use racial slurs…” Charles Barkley continues on TNT by saying “This national debate that’s going on right now makes me uncomfortable,”
This article by Antonio Moore continues at The Huffington Post