N-Word Controversy is Another Example of the Liberal Takeover of American Sports
November 18, 2013
RUSH: Do you know, folks, there's actually a debate going on at ESPN and throughout the sports world over who can use the N-word when and how, and who can't when and how? (interruption) No, and this is just part of the whole thing of turning me off to football and sports in general. In the first place, you have this generation of journalists from the coddled generation. I think some players, too.
We're getting to the point now where people covering sports and playing in it have come from this coddled generation where nobody's ever supposed to say anything mean. Nobody's ever supposed to do anything mean. Nobody's ever supposed to disrespect. We're all supposed to go get together with Conflict Resolution 101. Some NFL player for the Redskins the other day or last night after the game was talking about how mean the ref was calling him names and so forth.
You have Jonathan Martin of the Dolphins now with Posttraumatic Distress Disorder over hazing and so forth or what's been going on. I'm not defending any of this 'cause I don't know what happened. But the nature of the complaints and the all-out attack -- and I don't think this is even arguable. There is an attack on masculinity that's been going on in our culture since the advent of the modern era of feminism, the late sixties and early seventies.
They're trying to take out the actual realities of life and the way people are built to sanitize everything, and you can't. Now we're getting into this televised discussion of who can and who can't use the N-word and how. Let me just give you three examples of this -- and, frankly, this is just reprehensible to me. Call me a fuddy-duddy if you want, but I will not sit around and watch this kind of stuff.
I'm not gonna get caught up in it, and I'm certainly not gonna weigh in and have an opinion on it. First, TNT, Inside the NBA, the anchor Ernie Johnson speaking with Charles Barkley about Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes having to apologize after he was fined for using the N-word in a tweet after he was ejected from a game Wednesday night. Ernie Johnson says, "Charles, what do you want to get off your chest about this?"
BARKLEY: I'm a black man. I use the N-word. I'm going to continue to use the N-word with my black friends, with my white friends. They are my friends. What I do with my black friends is not up to white America to dictate to me what's appropriate and inappropriate. What we say in the locker room, the language we use sometime(s) it's homophobic, sometime(s) it's sexist, and a lot of times it's racist. White America don't get to dictate how me and Shaq talk to each other. And they have been trying to infiltrate (sic) themselves saying, "Well, you guys use it. It's in rap music." No, no, no, no, no. That's not the same.
RUSH: Of course it's not the same, but Chuck -- and I can call you Chuck because I know you. It's what his friends call him. Chuck, it's not "white America" trying to insinuate themselves into what you can and can't say. It's your good buddies on the left who are doing this. It's your good buddy liberal Democrats who are trying to force you to speak the way they think you should, not white America.
It's white liberals who, in their own minds, still run their own versions of plantations. They're the ones trying to force all this political correctness on you. They're the ones trying to take your locker room away from you. They're the ones trying to take the basketball court away from you. They're the ones trying to take YOU away from you. It isn't "white America." Well, what a crock! This is on a televised basketball game. You have to sit here and listen to this.
So then they went out and they found Shaq. TNT, Inside the NBA, during a discussion about Matt Barnes of the Clippers having to apologize after he was fined for using the N-word in a tweet, after he was ejected from a game Wednesday night. After Barkley says that as a black man, he's gonna use the N-word and he's gonna continue to use the N-word and white America can't stop him and it doesn't matter what's in hip-hop music, Shaquille O'Neal then had this to say.
O'NEAL: Chuck makes a good point. In the Ebonic culture we have programmed ourselves to use the word positive. We have G14 classification to stay it to each other. But when we say it to each other, believe it or not, it's in the positive sense.
RUSH: There you go. It has a G14 classification. G14 classification. So when the brothers use it, when the brothers are talking to each other and using the N-word, do you know it matters whether or not there's an A on the end of it or an E-R? If you pronounce it with E-R it's worse than if you say it with an A, cause because if you use an A on the end of it you're talking to a brother in a positive way, and these guys getting all bent out of the shape now that people are trying to take their word away from them.
After how many years of America being told the word is not allowed, the word is totally prohibited, now we've got the sports media weighing in saying it is never permissible. That word conjures up the worst aspects of America, and that word is never permissible, and here come the black brothers, "Oh, yes, it is when we say it. We're gonna say it, and you white Americans, you can't gonna take it away!" Chuck, Shaq, it isn't white Americans trying to force their way of thinking on you.
It's your buddies on the left. Make no mistake about it. Now, you may think yourself on the left. You may think yourself a Democrat or a liberal or whatever, and if you do, it just means you have no idea who actually is lined up against you. It's not white America. Most of white America frankly couldn't care any less about this other than what it means to the overall cultural decay that may be taking place here.
But the political correctness, Chuck, that you're all bummed out here about? Everybody trying to take your word away from you? It's white liberals, Chuck. They're the ones that run pieces on this. Here's Michael Wilbon. Now, Michael Wilbon was among the group of people who said I had no business being in the NFL. Michael Wilbon believed a bunch of made-up quotes attributed to me, things I never said about blacks and slavery and so forth.
He believed I had no business being in the NFL. He joined that chorus, not knowing what he was talking about, 'cause it was politically correct. Now, here's Wilbon. He's on Pardon the Interruption. This is Thursday on ESPN with Tony Kornheiser. This, again, is after Matt Bartley had to apologize for being thrown out of a game. Well, he used the N-word in a tweet after he was thrown out of the game.
Kornheiser said, "Barnes has apologizing via Twitter today." This is what sports has become, by the way. Sports has become all this social media claptrap, and I'm telling you I just have no desire to get involved in this stuff, and this is why. So Kornheiser says to Wilbon, "What do you say about the issue of the use of the inflammatory N-word there, Michael?"
WILBON: People can be upset with me if they want. I, like a whole lot of people, use the N-word all day every day my whole life. Publicly I wouldn't do that, but I have no issue with it. I have a problem with -- and excuse me, here -- white people framing the discussion for the use of the N-word. They better not sit there like plantation owners and tell black people how to use the language that was forced on us!
RUSH: Oh! Okay. So now the N-word was "forced" on you back in the days of slavery. Now it's white people... This is what sports has become! This is what sports media has become. (sigh) I'm sorry. It loses me. It has nothing to do with what's taking place on the court. (interruption) Well, Snerdley's asking me if it is remotely entertaining. Of course it is entertaining, but it's full blown... You know, the left is destroying the country, Mr. Snerdley. They are destroying it, and I have a tough time laughing at that.
I've been laughing at it for 25 years while they continue to destroy America. Now here's this Wilbon, Chuck Barkley, whatever, and "white America" is trying to take the N-word away from 'em? White America? For how many years have white Americans been scared to death to say anything about anybody? It's white leftists who are trying to take the N-word away from them! The censors and the people on the politically correct side of things are leftists, liberals or whatever.
But here's another one. "I'm gonna use it all day every day! I do use it all day every day. I can use it; you can't stop me." I don't know. They're destroying the country. They're destroying the culture. The American left just continues to rip this country apart at the seams, or they're trying to. They've taken over education, they've taken over Hollywood, they've taken over music, and now they're taking over sports. They're doing it via football and basketball. They're making their move on it, pure and simple, and they're succeeding as far as I'm concerned.
RUSH: Snerdley, tell me what you think of this. Some division of college football was gonna have their championship game this past weekend. I don't know what division. It was Winston-Salem State versus some other team. It's not IA, 3A, 5A, it's way down there. And there's a luncheon, both teams went to a luncheon the day before the game to hype it, celebrate, sportsmanship and all that, and a couple of players on the team playing Winston-Salem followed the Winston-Salem quarterback into the bathroom and beat the kid almost to death. They had to cancel the game.
They beat the quarterback of the opposing team at a sportsmanship luncheon to the point that he couldn't play. They had to cancel the game. Everybody's wondering, "What is happening to our sports? What is going on?" Then you got this guy Matt whatever his name is, tweeting the N-word which is sponsoring all these other guys coming out and saying, "I'm not gonna have that word taken away from me."
I'm gonna tell you what's gonna happen here, folks. As the liberals try to take over sports via the media and the way it's covered and reported on and the way it's judged, liberal sportswriters are judging the players, how they play and everything, and it's becoming more of the coverage than what happens on the field. You've got Bob Costas telling you what he thinks about gun control and whatever other social issue at halftime of NBC Sunday night games now. I mean, the liberals are everywhere trying to take over the sport and what's gonna happen here is that there are a lot of people that watch sports who don't care a hoot about politics, call 'em the Budweiser crowd, call 'em the low-information voter, they don't care a hoot about it, and they're sitting there and they're hearing all this and they're gonna end up despising liberals.
They may not know who liberals are right now, but they're finding out who they are by watching the way they're taking over the sports that they love to watch and cover and report on. At some point these guys are gonna say, "What the hell is this?" And they're gonna find out who liberals are and may end up voting against them someday. So there could be a silver lining here. (interruption) Yeah, they beat the quarterback up. I don't know. I can't say that because the politically correct crowd, I can't characterize this kind of behavior.
Now, the leftists that cover the sport, they can talk about this all they want in a wringing of the hands, "Oh, how horrible is this." Let me talk about it and they ban me from even talking about ping-pong. But they're just taking the fun out of all this. I get enough of liberalism every day. Sports is an escape. Sports is a diversion. It's always been, you know, get away from the humdrum of your daily life and the left is bringing it into the four hours of escape time, and they're pummeling people with it. There's gonna be a blow-back to it, I would hope.