*UPDATE* Mushnick defends himself further by claiming he’s not a racist because he outed Marge Schott. Click here for details.
Since our prior post about New York Post columnist Phil Mushnick’s column suggesting the Brooklyn Nets should change their name to the “New York Niggers,” Mushnick sent us an explanation of his offensive column.
It’s pretty lame — he basically says we can thank rappers (read: black people) like Jay-Z for the term “nigga,” a word he assures us he doesn’t use. He says our suggestion that his (terrible) attempt at satire was racist is “wishful and foolish.”
See his explanation below.
“James – did you actually read what I wrote and what I’ve been
writing for 30 years? I don’t call black men niggas; my kids never heard
the word until folks such as Jay-Z came along. I’d suggest you talk to
him about it. What I wrote today was on Jay Z’s artistry, and only the wishful and foolish would so badly misinterpret and mischaracterize it as you plan to do. Thanks – mushnick.”
Below is the part that currently has the blogosphere calling Mushnick a racist:
As long as the Nets are allowing Jay-Z
to call their marketing shots — what a shock that he chose black and
white as the new team colors to stress, as the Nets explained, their new
“urban” home — why not have him apply the full Jay-Z treatment?
the Brooklyn Nets when they can be the New York N——s? The
cheerleaders could be the Brooklyn B—-hes or Hoes. Team logo? A 9 mm
with hollow-tip shell casings strewn beneath. Wanna be Jay-Z hip? Then
go all the way!
Speaking of “all the way,” the same should apply to Mushnick — in other
words, if he thinks he’s got the chops to get away with using the word
“nigger,” why the censorship? Ditch the dashes and put it out there,
Phil — you mean “New York Niggers.” That’s what you wrote — a few dashes doesn’t make it any less offensive.
When asked if he at least understands why people are in such a huff over his column, Mushnick tells the Voice “I’m far more surprised that Jay-Z’s form of artistry has been so quietly indulged for so long!”
In any event, as we mentioned in our prior post, Mushnick may want to
get his lipstick handy — chances are Jesse Jackson’s ass will soon be in need of a
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 4, 2012