We, the media, will blow this Riley Cooper teachable moment. It's what we do when it comes to race. We look for good guys and bad guys, villains and heroes. We choose the politically correct path rather than the road to understanding.
Riley Cooper, a receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles, did and said something very, very stupid and disgusting. Drunk and partying in a sea of whiteness, Cooper apparently lashed out at a black security guard and threatened to fight every "n****r" here.
A cellphone camera captured Cooper's ignorance. It took a month, but the blogosphere unearthed the video and broadcasted it to the world. The Eagles reacted responsibly, fining Cooper and forcing him to confront his mistake publicly with the media and privately with his teammates.
Watch what he said. Warning, language is universally considered to be offensive:
I don't expect the media to respond as responsibly. Too many of us will think the solution is for Roger Goodell to suspend Riley Cooper. Too ...