New York Post columnist Phil Mushnick wrote a pretty idiotic column last week (part of which you can read below), in which he suggested Jay-Z should rename the Brooklyn Nets the “New York N—–s.” Mushnick remains unapologetic — since we reported on Mushnick’s stupidity last week, he’s hit us with a few scathing emails. The gist of his rants: we’re assholes, and he ain’t no racist. His proof: he claims he outed the deceased, racist, Nazi-sympathizing former owner of the Cincinnati Reds, Marge Schott.
“I’m never comfortable using that word [nigger]. That’s the way I was raised.
Shame on my parents,” a sarcastic Mushnick writes. “The ONE time I spelled it out – for accuracy – I
was widely condemned as a racist. So either way, I’m a bigot. I know
what’s in my heart and my head, the way I was raised, and the way I
raised my kids. But you’ve painted me a racist. Good work, James. And
good work, if you can get it.”
As we pointed out to Mushnick, we never called him a racist — not once. We don’t know the guy and won’t speculate on his racial sympathies. What we do know is that he used the word “n—–s” in a column, which is an incredibly stupid, insensitive things to do — regardless of the context, or the race of the person using the word.
In a previous email from Mushnick, he tries to argue that Jay-Z uses the
word “niggas” all the time, as if that makes his using the word
acceptable. As we also pointed out to Mushnick, just because Jay-Z — as
a black man — uses the word “niggas,” it doesn’t make it OK, and we
would have called him out the same way we called out Mushnick if he even
joked about renaming the Brooklyn Nets the “New York N—–s.”
As we mentioned, Mushnick attempts to defend himself by claiming he outed Schott.
“One last fleeting thing, perhaps a defensive thing. Recall Marge Schott,
the racist owner of the Cincy Reds who was infamously banned from
baseball for her n-word – sorry, nigger – references to blacks?” Mushnick asks. “Know who
publicly exposed her, leading to her expulsion? Ah, never mind. You
already know me as a racist. Ever hear of McCarthyism? That’s you.
Ready, fire, aim. Nice job.”
We don’t know if Mushnick’s actually the reason Schott was banned from
baseball — sure, he wrote about her, but so did nearly every sports
writer in America in the early 1990s. In a brief search of the
Interwebs, we couldn’t find a single reference to Mushnick being the
reason Schott was dubbed the Swastika-armband-owning racist she was.
Either way, calling Marge Schott a racist doesn’t excuse his poor choice
of words in last week’s column.
Mushnick was on the defensive again in an email he wrote to the Post’s “Bob’s Blitz” blog, in which he writes the following:
Bob – Such obvious, wishful and ignorant mischaracterizations of what I
write are common. I don’t call black men the N-word; I don’t regard
young women as bitches and whores; I don’t glorify the use of assault
weapons and drugs. Jay-Z, on the other hand…..Is he the only NBA owner
allowed to call black men N—ers?”
Jay-Z profits from the worst and most sustaining self-enslaving stereotypes of black-American culture and I’M the racist? Some truths, I guess, are just hard to read, let alone think about.
column I provide support for Amar’e Stoudemire at a time when everyone
in town is ripping him to shreds. That was my LEAD, too, but what does
See that? Mushnick defended a black guy! Better get that NAACP Image Award ready.
As promised, below is the part of Mushnick’s column that caused such a stir:
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?
Why 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!
Again, Mushnick may not be a racist, but he’s definitely an idiot.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 7, 2012