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Thread: Racist, or just a joke?

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    Re: Racist, or just a joke?

    Media businesses rely on maximum readership. Losing any customers over perceived insensitivity can be grounds for termination for the offender. While I doubt the author meant it as a racist remark, I can see why ESPN decided to play it safe and fire the guy. Dumb mistake, but I've been fired for dumb mistakes in the past, too.

    ESPN had every right, and good reason, to fire the poor lad. Bummer. Lesson? Do your job carefully, and when in doubt, ask.

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    Re: Racist, or just a joke?

    I voted "no" based on what the OP gave. Beyond that don't know much about the guy. I don't like watching sports...would rather play em.
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    Re: Racist, or just a joke?

    Quote Originally Posted by Enola View Post
    As I said...I didn't see what the big hoopla was. Finally it dawned on me they were bitching about the chink word. In essence, I was not looking for something racial and never made the connection. I would have if they said "Gook in the armor".
    I'm just saying it's a hell of a curious choice for a headline. Is it possible it was a coincidence? Maybe, but I don't think so. My guess is that it was a joke gone wrong.
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    Re: Racist, or just a joke?

    Could be, SB.

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    Re: Racist, or just a joke?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    ESPN runs "Chink in the Armor" headline with Jeremy Lin story | JIMROMENESKO.COM

    ESPN fired a writer today for the following headline about an Asian American basketball player:

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    My question is, do you think it was right to fire the writer, or are we getting too sensitive / PC?
    Answering your question here and not the one in the thread title, ESPN was justified in firing him simply for professional reasons. That is, the negative publicity associated from this made the firing justifiable. Whether racist or not, only the writer knows for sure.
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    Re: Racist, or just a joke?

    It was a smart business decision to fire him, but that's because the population at large is hypersensitive. When are we going to around to becoming a colorblind society and thinking about race like we do eye color?

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    Re: Racist, or just a joke?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    ESPN runs "Chink in the Armor" headline with Jeremy Lin story | JIMROMENESKO.COM

    ESPN fired a writer today for the following headline about an Asian American basketball player:

    Attachment 67122686

    My question is, do you think it was right to fire the writer, or are we getting too sensitive / PC?
    Well, it's a racially insensitive term used by racists so either the person who wrote it intended to be racist or intended to make a 'joke'. In both cases, whoever wrote and approved it it is/are stupid and should be fired if only for potentially hurting the reputation of ESPN. However, if they worked at my company, I would not only fire them for potentially hurting the reputation of the business, but for also bringing unacceptable racial insensitive into a work environment.

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    Re: Racist, or just a joke?

    Quote Originally Posted by Black_Zawisza View Post
    It was a smart business decision to fire him, but that's because the population at large is hypersensitive. When are we going to around to becoming a colorblind society and thinking about race like we do eye color?
    Dunno if that's ever possible. I don't know if a colorblind society is even desirable, as you'll probably necessarily be asking large portions of the population to give up a certain cultural identity.
    Nobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.

    Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.

    All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
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    Re: Racist, or just a joke?

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    Dunno if that's ever possible. I don't know if a colorblind society is even desirable, as you'll probably necessarily be asking large portions of the population to give up a certain cultural identity.
    I think when most people say "colorblind society" they mean that in terms of social acceptance.
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    Re: Racist, or just a joke?

    Quote Originally Posted by ThePlayDrive View Post
    Well, it's a racially insensitive term used by racists so either the person who wrote it intended to be racist or intended to make a 'joke'. In both cases, whoever wrote and approved it it is/are stupid and should be fired if only for potentially hurting the reputation of ESPN. However, if they worked at my company, I would not only fire them for potentially hurting the reputation of the business, but for also bringing unacceptable racial insensitive into a work environment.
    Or they could have just used the expression and not think about the racial implications. It's easy to miss stuff like this if your not thinking about race IMO.
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