1. “Wait…what did he call you? “ Does nobody understand how ridiculous this is? In a recent re-viewing of a “Law and Order” episode from the ’90s, I watched the excellent Courtney B. Vance (later outstanding as Johnny Cochran in the O.J. mini-series) play a Wall Street trader whose defense for killing a white manager in his firm was that systemic racism had driven him to it. When he testified in his trial, he explained that his victim had called him a. That’s right, “a.” the word following “a” was censored, even though the word was central to the plot. It is lmost 30 years after that episode first aired, and we are subjected to more censorship than less.
Either air the whole episode, or don’t air it at all, if the word “nigger” is just too horrifying.
The jury found Vance’s character guilty. Good. How can you kill someone just for calling you “a”?
2. And since we’re talking about racial slurs….During an NBA contest, LA Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell called opposing player Luka Dončić a “pussy ass white boy.”
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I would call that a racial epithet. Any white player in the NBA—there must be five or six—that called Harell an “a” would be suspended or worse. If that’s the new standard—that blacks can make racist slurs against whites while anyone uttering a racial slur against a black man is going to be fired, shunned and ostracized—we sanctioned targets of bigotry and harassment have a right to know.
This is apparently what Black Lives Matter calls “equity.”
I also have to add this obligatory note: most of the media accounts of what Harrell said required me to be a Wheel of Fortune ace. He called the white player a “p**** a** white boy” ? Can I buy a vowel? One source said the phrase was b***ch a** white boy. Does b***ch mean p****? I don’t think so. If the story is news because of what the black player called the what player, then you have to write what he said.
People ask me why I frequently note that most journalists aren’t very bright. This is one of the reasons. Continue reading