In case you missed it, over the weekend New York Post sportswriter Phil Mushnick said some outrageously racist shit that would – should a non-conservative newspaper have published it – have gotten most anyone else fired.
“As long as the Nets are allowing Jay-Z to call their marketing shots…why not have him apply the full Jay-Z treatment? Why the Brooklyn Nets when they can be the New York N—-s. The cheerleaders could be the Brooklyn B—hes or H—. Team logo? A 9 mm with hollow-tip shell casings strewn beneath. Wanna be Jay-Z hip? Then go all the way!”
First off – what a colossal dick. Second, Brooklyn Bitches is already taken, man, so it might take some time to get that domain name. Third, has Phil Mushnick listened to a Jay-Z song from this century? Jay-Z is the Steven Spielberg of hip-hop – more of a populist than anything else – and hasn’t exactly talked about “bitches and hoes” since 2001.
Didn’t anyone at the Post say anything? Think of the copy editors, the actual editors, not to mention advertisers, who let this kind of thing fly. What kind of message does this send to a kid growing up in New York?
Mushnick responded (kind of) on sports website Bob’s Blitz because he is a classy individual who drops n-bombs and runs and hides behind a C-level sports blog.
Bob – Such obvious, wishful and ignorant mischaracterizations of what I write are common. I don’t call black men the N-word; I don’t regard young women as bitches and whores; I don’t glorify the use of assault weapons and drugs. Jay-Z, on the other hand…..Is he the only NBA owner allowed to call black men N—ers?”
Jay-Z profits from the worst and most sustaining self-enslaving stereotypes of black-American culture and I’M the racist? Some truths, I guess, are just hard to read, let alone think about.
Ok. First, its in print that Phil called the Brooklyn Nets “ni**ers” (in print!), and he also said that the cheerleaders are “bitches” in the same sentence. It’s like he didn’t even read his own article. Second, if you’re a white guy, you just don’t get to say “ni**er”. It’s just not done. Don’t make me explain slavery. Phil Mushnick is an adult. He should know better. He sounds like a guy with a kind of Bugs Bunny complex – a person who thinks he is being a wise-ass for the sake of a greater good, yet is, in actuality, just an asshole who thinks he can get away with bad behavior.
Phil, have you ever been to a bar where there’s just a guy bullying everyone by yelling at them? You’re that guy. You’re that guy in a city as big as New York. That’s quite a feat.
Mushnick should be fired immediately but I doubt the Post will make the move and actually do so – enough small minded folk read his column to warrant his tenure at the paper. Yet does this kind of irresponsible, dickish, and downright horrible hatespeech have to be tolerated?