Gratuitous Perpetuation of Racial Profi-Lin: Headlines we hope we’ll never seeFebruary 20th, 2012 by Chris Humpherys
We have repeatedly discussed on this website, the outright need for political correctness, not only in sports and media, but in our everyday lives. While annoying and superfluous to some, these parameters exist mainly to protect us from ourselves and our own ignorance.
The meteoric rise of Asian-American basketball player Jeremy Lin has just re-opened a whole new brand of awareness. Recently, Fox Sportswriter Jason Whitlock and WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr. both Tweeted some racially insensitive comments about Lin’s success, and this week, ESPN either fired or suspended employees responsible for using racial epithets to describe Lin’s performance. (With the amount of coverage the network has been affording Lin lately, I’m actually surprised more didn’t slip up!) The network has since apologized for its inappropriate comments. Of course they did. They’re owned by Disney.
In case you missed it, ESPN.com ran the internet headline “Chink in the Armor” with a picture of Lin dribbling the ball through traffic. Good luck finding a job with that on your resume, scriptwriter.
Fortunately, I learned at an early age to judge people, as best stated by Martin Luther King, Jr., not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. What can I say? My parents taught me well.
That being said, let’s tear down a few walls Dave Chappelle-style, shall we?
Since “Chink in the Armor” has already been used, I thought I’d come up with a few totally inappropriate and racially insensitive headlines to describe other recent goings on in the world of sports, only because nobody can fire me for doing so. I run the website.
So here goes. You may want to turn away now. You’ve been forewarned.