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Thread: Racist, or just a joke?

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    Racist, or just a joke?

    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:

    Racist, or just a joke?-al660ehciaejxv4-jpg


    My question is, do you think it was right to fire the writer, or are we getting too sensitive / PC?
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    Re: Racist, or just a joke?

    Journalists, reporters, and other writers and editors have been fired for less.
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    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.

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    Re: Racist, or just a joke?

    Some were fired after that. The news guy suspended for 30 days.

    Myself, a chink in the armor to me meant a flaw in the armor of the opposing team. That the player happens to be asian and the term chink is a derogatory name is purely coincidence.

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    Re: Racist, or just a joke?

    I don't think it was intended to be racist, just a wonderfully hilarious accident.
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    Re: Racist, or just a joke?

    People are way too sensitive. Everything isn't racist, in fact, very few things actually are. I'd like to smack people who scream racism at every turn with a shovel.
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    Re: Racist, or just a joke?

    Quote Originally Posted by Enola View Post
    Some were fired after that. The news guy suspended for 30 days.

    Myself, a chink in the armor to me meant a flaw in the armor of the opposing team.
    No, that's not the case, because Lin's team lost that game. "Chink in the armor" alludes to the fact that despite his impressive story, the myth of Lin is not indestructible, especially since they lost to a horrible team in the Hornets. The phrase did not refer to the opposing team, but rather the Knicks (Lin's team).

    That the player happens to be asian and the term chink is a derogatory name is purely coincidence.
    It was most definitely not coincidence, for the reasons stated above. Why choose that particular headline over a multitude of other potential headlines? My guess is that some guys in the newsroom were horsing around, Friday nights are usually skeleton crew times for newsrooms, and some copy editor let this slip through the cracks. That's the most plausible explanation in my opinion.
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    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 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:

    Racist, or just a joke?-al660ehciaejxv4-jpg


    My question is, do you think it was right to fire the writer, or are we getting too sensitive / PC?
    While I would have preferred different wording in your voting choices, I think they were right to fire him. What a complete idiot. Probably had his dream job, too.
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    Re: Racist, or just a joke?

    Not racist, but potentially an insensitive, race based joke.
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    Re: Racist, or just a joke?

    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".

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    Re: Racist, or just a joke?

    What's next? Announcers can't say "he did a slanty move to get that ball in the hoop"?

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