OK Mr.Mushnick, I get that you are with the New York Post, which automatically doesn't make you too bright in my book. But you don't address a problem by showing the world that you are on the wrong side of a larger one.
"NY Post sportswriter Phil Mushnick is firing back at critics after he suggested that the Nets should be renamed “The New York N—–s” in honor of co-owner Jay-Z.
Why the Brooklyn Nets when they can be the New York N——s? The cheerleaders could be the Brooklyn B—-hes or Hoes. Team logo? A 9 mm with hollow-tip shell casings strewn beneath. Wanna be Jay-Z hip? Then go all the way!After Twitter blew up over the piece, including comments from high profile figures like Questlove of The Roots, Mushnick did not back down. He claimed his work was “mischaracterized,” and that he was not supporting the racist language, but criticizing Jay-Z for profiting “from the worst and most sustaining self-enslaving stereotypes of black-American culture.” [Source]
The sad thing about this is that Mushnick would actually have a point worthy of discussion if he didn't go about making it in this way. There are elements surrounding rap and Hip Hop that needs to be checked and called out.
I just don't think that this is how we do it.
But this is where we are in A-merry-ca these days, it's actually kind of chic in some circles (yes wingnuts, I am talking to you) to show your ignorance and lack of sensitivity by dropping the N word for effect. This will actually make you a hero in some circles. (Watch, Mr. Mushnick will be all over the news network for dummies really soon.)
We might also want to keep in mind that Jay- Z is an entertainer. Yes, entertainers make movies, and they sing songs with racy and controversial lyrics. And, of course, entertainers also make money, which allows them to buy an interest in sports teams.
Honestly, I suspect that Mr. Mushnick's problem is with the fact that a young black man from the projects of New York can actually have a major ownership stake in a sports team. This clown is a sportswriter who is probably not even making six figures, and he makes his living in a culture where team ownership is at the very top of the pecking order.
Yes Mr. Mushnick, I know that you are not supporting "the racist language", you are just using it to make a point.
Well I think that I speak for most black people in A-merry-ca when I say that we got your point loud and clear. (h/t to Paula for hipping me to this story.)