Posted August 01, 2013

HONESTLY I find all this talk of not being able to play alongside a guy who uses the word "n*gger", to be downright cowardly. And my reason for that is just 8 words:

Bill Willis. Marion Motley. Kenny Washington. Woody Strode.

These men broke the NFL color barrier in 1946 at time when they had to publicly endure humiliations from, opponents teammates and fans alike. Some of the teammates they played alongside were ACTUAL racists. These men had to deal with death threats and epithets thrown at them ON AND OFF the field and still had the will to pave the way for all these pampered millionaires.

Today, for this generation of athlete to use language that says that they can't share grass because a guy uses offensive language AWAY from them, says little about what today's athlete thinks of their own inner strength. 

Whether Riley Cooper is a racist or not is beside the point. The NFL probably contains dozens of racists from all backgrounds. Fact is, until Coop said n*gger, NOBODY ever cared what he thought felt or believed. To my knowledge it was never an issue or a question. Nobody questioned his treatment of his teammates or his effort on their behalf. But he says ONE WORD and now all of that is in question. 

For a society's opinion of a man to tank over ONE WORD spoken, despite what that man has been over prior YEARS of service, says little about the opinion of that society. 

Mind you, I'm not saying that Cooper should be let off the hook. I'm saying the fact that there is a hook is the bigger problem. We talk about freedom of speech but think nothing of throwing a man's career away over a word. There is NO WAY I would allow a White man to tell me what words I can and can't say; so in the spirit of TRUE equality I can't see where I should be allowed to pick and choose what words White people (or any people) can or can't say. If this is where we are as a society, then it says little about our notion of free speech.

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