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NY Post Writer: Jay-Z’s Nets Should Be Called “The New York N—–s”

Submitted by on May 5, 2012 – 7:44 pm3 Comments

NY Post sportswriter Phil Mushnick is firing back at critics after he suggested that the Nets should be renamed “The New York N—–s” in honor of co-owner Jay-Z.

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!

After Twitter blew up over the piece, including comments from high profile figures like Questlove of The Roots, Mushnick did not back down. He claimed his work was “mischaracterized,” and that he was not supporting the racist language, but criticizing Jay-Z for profiting “from the worst and most sustaining self-enslaving stereotypes of black-American culture.”

Ok, so Mushnick was criticizing the misogyny and glorification of violence in hip-hop culture. Maybe I can buy that. But he still did it in the stupidest and most insensitive way possible.

It’s difficult to mischaracterize the portion of his column that dealt with Jay-Z, which is scarcely longer than the excerpt above. No evidence, no explanation, just the horribly off-target accusations and sarcasm. Some people are having a serious conversation about the state of hip-hop culture, but Mushnick is not one of them.

And accusing Jay-Z of representing a negative African-American image? The man is a legitimate business mogul and doting father. Mushnick should accept that he wasn’t being a “truth-teller”, but ignorantly opening Pandora’s box with a hacksaw.

What do you think?

[via Huffington Post]

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