See above. Ick. This is your brain on political correctness and convoluted social justice double standards. It’s not pretty.
Last week, Wednesday White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson was thrown out of a game and suspended after a fight broke out on the baseball field between his team and the Kansas City Royals. The cause doesn’t matter here, but the Royals pitcher, Brad Keller, threw at Anderson for being flamboyantly demonstrative after hitting a home run.
Anderson was also suspended by MLB, and it turned out that the reason for his punishment was that during the fight he called Keller a “weak-ass fucking nigger.”
Here is Anderson…
This is Keller.
Got that? Anderson, who is black, called Keller, who is white, a fucking nigger.
Now here is NBC baseball pundit Craig Calcaterra, a former lawyer, objecting, as lawyers are wont to do:
“Anderson, who is black, used a word that is historically acceptable when used by and among black people and always unacceptable when used by non-black people. If that is the case, MLB has thrown itself into the insanely controversial and likely indefensible position of presuming that it can and should police a black person’s use of that term….Bold move, MLB. But not a wise one I don’t think.”
How does someone trained in critical thinking, logic, analogies, justice and the law reach a point where he would write something that ethically and logically fatuous? I guess it comes from watching too many Samuel L. Jackson movies and listening to too many Black Lives Matter rants. So Craig thinks that white players who use the word “nigger” on the field should be fined and suspended–he does you know…he even thinks that a pitcher who used a racial epithet in a tweet when he was in high school should be suspended and fined for it now—but black players can use the same word with impunity, because they just can, and so there.
That’s a double standard by definition. I assume, therefore, that if Anderson, who is black, called Honkey Keller a nigger, and Keller responded, “Yeah? Well, so are you!” Keller would be suspended and fined, and Anderson would be congratulated for not stooping to the White Boy’s gutter level rhetoric. I also assume that Anderson could also call “Parallel Finian’s Rainbow” Universe (where white people turn black, thanks to Leprechauns ) Keller, who is black in that reality, a nigger, but if a white team mate of Anderson’s, say, outfielder John Jay, said, “Yeah! What he said!,” then Jay would be fined and suspended, but again, Anderson would be fine, and regarded as a perfect gentleman and a credit to the game.
So, let’s see…MLB will have to distribute a handy chart…
Black player calls Black Player a nigger: No suspension.
Black player calls White, Hispanic or Asian Player a nigger: No suspension.
White, or Asian Player calls White, Hispanic or Asian player a nigger: Suspension.
White or Asian Player calls Black Player or mostly black Latin player a nigger: Suspension.
Mostly Black Latino or Hispanic player calls Black, Asian or White Player a nigger: No suspension.
Mostly White Latino or Hispanic player calls Black, Asian or White Player a nigger: Suspension, but a light one.
I’m sure I left something out.
This is the society-rending idiocy we get and deserve when we permit race-obsessed activists to infect the culture with special rules and privileges based on group identification. Then we end up with special standards, crimes and acceptable vocabularies based on race, color, gender and ethnicity, and daily life is so filled with traps and potential gotcha’s that everyone is afraid to move, talk or think.
Major League Baseball is well within its management and oversight rights to ban “fighting words” on the baseball field, including racial epithets and ethnic slurs. It should go without saying, accept that addled social justice warriors like Calcaterra make it necessary to say, that if a word is ruled unacceptable for use of the baseball field, it must be unacceptable for everyone, and no player should be granted immunity because of his skin color.