What ESPN And The NFL Don't Talk About When They Talk About "Nigger"

Last week, we got word that the Fritz Pollard Alliance, chaired by ex-NFL player John Wooten, was pushing a rule change in the league that would penalize players for the use of the word "nigger" on the football field. The proposal involves a 15-yard penalty for a player's first offense, with an ejection if he says it… » 2/25/14 6:09pm 2/25/14 6:09pm

The Big Book Of Black Quarterbacks

On Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks walked all over the Denver Broncos, 43-8, to win Super Bowl XLVIII. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson passed for 206 yards, ran for 26 more, threw two touchdowns, and made National Football League history. He became the second African-American quarterback ever to start and win a Super… » 2/06/14 5:20pm 2/06/14 5:20pm

Fifty Years After the March, White People Are Still a Disgrace

The white guy was looking up at the TV in a rest stop on the Jersey Turnpike. Onscreen, the news was showing John Lewis speaking at the anniversary of the March on Washington. "I am not going to stand by and let the Supreme Court take the right to vote away from us," Lewis said. The white guy in the rest stop glared at… » 8/29/13 2:14pm 8/29/13 2:14pm

Calm Down About Christopher Lane, White People

America's opportunistic race-hustlers, unsatisfied by their victory in the Trayvon Martin case, won't stop looking for reasons to rile up white people. So now the latest yapping point in our national conversation about race is the murder of Christopher Lane, the white Australian student allegedly killed for kicks by… » 8/22/13 5:13pm 8/22/13 5:13pm

A Tale Of Two NFL Buddies Who Call Each Other "Nigger" And "Cracker"

A fascinating story in today's Detroit News about Tony Scheffler and Louis Delmas, friends since college and teammates on the Lions. Like many friends, they have pet names for each other. Unlike many interracial friends, those pet names are racial slurs. » 8/08/13 10:33am 8/08/13 10:33am

The Worst of White Folks

Way back in the day when Twitter was a bootleg reindeer name, David Rozier invented farting during Mass. A few minutes before we marveled at the six Catholics at Holy Family Catholic School sipping out of one gold goblet, and right after Father Joe suggested we offer each other “a sign of peace,” David tapped me on my… » 7/24/13 1:13pm 7/24/13 1:13pm

I'm Biracial, and That Cheerios Ad Is a Big Fucking Deal. Trust Me.

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By now you know some racist dicks have whipped themselves up in a frenzy of racist dickery over the portrayal of an interracial family in a Cheerios ad. You see, Cheerios has committed the heinous crime of “acknowledging that interracial families exist,” and also that “sometimes interracial families need to eat… » 5/31/13 5:23pm 5/31/13 5:23pm

Charting The Decline Of The Black Baseball Player

A few years back, baseball writer and SABR member Mark Armour tracked the integration of baseball from 1947 to 1986, the 40 seasons after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier. Why 1986? That year would begin a precipitous decline in the number of African Americans, to less than half the high-water mark—and the trend … » 5/10/13 10:54am 5/10/13 10:54am

What the Washington Redskins Could Learn from a Game Named Starcoon

If I learned anything this past week, it's that some people will find any context in which an ethnic slur is not an ethnic slur, or will find some justification for its use, from the name of a video game to that of a football team. » 5/05/13 6:16pm 5/05/13 6:16pm

Chael Sonnen, The UFC's Skip Bayless, Race-Baits His Way To The Top

Chael Sonnen is a well-known asshole, less a person than the remnant of a figure crossed out of a bad novel's first draft for being too obviously representative. At 36, he's a convicted money launderer, state-chastised steroid user, failed Republican candidate for the Oregon House of Representatives, and shouting-head … » 4/18/13 8:00pm 4/18/13 8:00pm

How Marshall Henderson Gets Away With Being Marshall Henderson

On Sunday night, we said goodbye to Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson, college basketball's most exciting troll, a sort of human "u mad bro?" who did everything to antagonize his opponents short of popping motorcycle wheelies at halfcourt with their girlfriends riding pillion. He and the 12th-seeded Rebels lost a… » 3/27/13 2:15pm 3/27/13 2:15pm

Boxing's Great White Hope Problem; Or, Why The Fuck Was Mike Lee In A…

During last night's Super Bowl, one professional boxer appeared in a commercial. It was not Floyd Mayweather, and it was not Manny Pacquiao, though they are the two highest-earning athletes in all of sports. It was not any champion of any weight division at all. It was Mike Lee, a mediocre light heavyweight with only… » 2/04/13 5:10pm 2/04/13 5:10pm