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Posted By: 480ute
Date: Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 10:53 am

This will be my last comment on this topic. This proves that ESPN realized they made a mistake (apparently more than once). Once again, I'm not calling them racist, just stupid.

I hate pc $#!+ so much. I have never used the term African-American to describe a black person, and I could care less what somebody calls me when it comes to my race. One of my favorite shows is Tosh.0, which, if you've ever watched you know that it's a hundred times worse than what happened with ESPN. Difference is that that is Tosh's shtick, not ESPN's.

I can laugh at a good racial joke, and I believe we are far too sensitive in this country. The United States is probably one of the least racist countries in the world, yet we act like we are the great oppressors. We have a black President, and the prior President had several minorities working at the highest levels on his staff. Oprah is beyond filthy rich and what I would call a self-made American success. The world's best golfer (well formerly, now at least most well known) is black and Asian in a sport that historically has had few minorities participate. We have mayors, senators, governors, and judges of every persuasion imaginable in the United States. None of this would be possible if we were truly racist (this is, of course, a generalization).

Still, like Vegas said yesterday, words and their meaning change over time. They can take on certain powers, and are better off left alone. Over time they can lose their strength too. Ironically enough the list that The Thrill posted about racially insensitive words included many words that we use freely today, but two hundred years ago were considered taboo. While it was not personally offensive, ESPN #%!@ed up by using it. It is a business, and they made a poor business decision.

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LadyUte icon NEW: 480, check this out...
LadyUte - -- Sunday 19 February 2012, at 10:34 am [ID# 1327664] [reply]
Ute_fan_forever icon NEW: Ya, that was so inappropriate. (nm)
Ute_fan_forever - -- Sunday 19 February 2012, at 10:45 am [ID# 1327665] [reply]
480ute icon NEW: I'm glad you posted this.
480ute - Top 25 Poster -- Sunday 19 February 2012, at 10:53 am [ID# 1327667] [reply]
midnightversion icon NEW: I laugh at people who get offended by the term "cracker". Big damn deal. Being offended is a choice you make and no one can impose it on you. (nm)
midnightversion - Top 25 Poster -- Sunday 19 February 2012, at 10:59 am [ID# 1327668] [reply]
480ute icon NEW: I actually had to google it yesterday, because I have never known why it is used against white people, and I became curious.
480ute - Top 25 Poster -- Sunday 19 February 2012, at 11:01 am [ID# 1327669] [reply]
Ute_fan_forever icon NEW: Cracker! (nm)
Ute_fan_forever - -- Sunday 19 February 2012, at 11:53 am [ID# 1327674] [reply]
480ute icon NEW: See, I want to be pissed off, but I can't figure out why. (nm)
480ute - Top 25 Poster -- Sunday 19 February 2012, at 12:24 pm [ID# 1327682] [reply]
redfUsion icon NEW: Club, Ritz or Saltine? (nm)
redfUsion - -- Sunday 19 February 2012, at 03:20 pm [ID# 1327703] [reply]
BulgieUte icon NEW: I believe it refers to a whip. master cracked the whip, he's a cracker. You think people would use the term with more fear. "no, please cracker don't" (nm)
BulgieUte - -- Sunday 19 February 2012, at 05:15 pm [ID# 1327716] [reply]
pangloss icon NEW: It never ceases to amaze me when someone is more offended by political correctness than by racism.
pangloss - -- Sunday 19 February 2012, at 12:08 pm [ID# 1327679] [reply]
480ute icon NEW: Like I said in a previous post, when I was a kid we used to crack wise on each other with jokes about each other. The jokes often involved race. We all laughed, and in my opinion it brought us closer together.
480ute - Top 25 Poster -- Sunday 19 February 2012, at 12:13 pm [ID# 1327680] [reply]
REDrumU icon NEW: I started to post something along these lines, and hit the delete button. Glad you didn't. (nm)
REDrumU - -- Sunday 19 February 2012, at 04:57 pm [ID# 1327711] [reply]
Ute_In_Texas icon NEW: Well said! And thumbs up for the Joe Pyne reference. (nm)
Ute_In_Texas - -- Sunday 19 February 2012, at 06:20 pm [ID# 1327732] [reply]
Hayes6 icon NEW: There's no such thing as a good racial joke
Hayes6 - -- Sunday 19 February 2012, at 02:51 pm [ID# 1327701] [reply]
480ute icon NEW: African-American is hardly used anymore? I've seen it used on this board several times in recent months, and it's used in the news daily.
480ute - Top 25 Poster -- Sunday 19 February 2012, at 02:56 pm [ID# 1327702] [reply]
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