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Mushnick’s words about Jay-Z were racist,unnecessary

I can’t help but talk about what New York Post columnist Phil Mushnick wrote on Friday regarding rapper Jay-Z and his role as a minority owner in the Brooklyn Nets. In it Mushnick writes “As long as the Nets are allowing Jay-Z to call their marketing shots—what a shock that he chose black and white as the new team colors to stress, as the Nets explained, their new “urban” home—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 Hoes. Team logo? A 9 mm with hollow-tip shell casings strewn beneath. Wanna be Jay-Z hip? Then go all the way!”

Here’s my feeling about it, if you’re not happy with the job Jay-Z is doing as part owner of the Nets, that’s fine. I even took a shot at the horrible new look the Nets decided to go with. But to involve racial slurs like that is not only insensitive, but also unnecessary. The only statement that possibly rivals this is the one radio shock jock Don Imus used back in 2007 regarding the Rutgers women’s basketball team.

Look, I know as a columnist that sometimes you have to add a little shock value in order to get your message across. There’s notnhing wrong with that. I’ve done it many times in many ways, with strong, vulgar language (if i was working for someone else, I wouldn’t do that,but since this blog is run by me,who gives a shit?) or saying something off the wall that I normally wouldn’t, but to take it as far as Mushnick did is absolutely ridiculous. Not only that, form his editors to even allow something like this to be published is very astonishing. I would really like to meet the editor that would agree to let the N-word (I don’t care how much of it is blurred out,I know what word it is!) be used in a column. If anything, they are as responsible as Mushnick for the use of hate speech in a widely read publication.

I’m not saying this man is a racist at all, I don’t know much about him at all because before yesterday I had really not heard much about him. But what i do know is that this isn’t the first time he has had harsh words about other black commentators or successful black men. I do feel,however, that this guy is probably not staying on staff at the New York Post much longer and his editor or editors should follow him out the door.

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