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Gary Michael Tartakov: Thinks certain sentences should have been removed

To the editor:

The headline on the short article in last Thursday’s sports section was “Sensitivity training set for Cooper.” The article was about a white football player who’s being sanctioned for using a “racial slur” in public. And the article bravely condemns him for it as do some of his teammates.

It was all pretty understandable to me up to the last little paragraph, in which the article is summed-up with: “Cooper could have trouble outside the locker room when he’s on the field. Defenders may go after him even harder than usual now.” The only assumption that I can find to explain that sentence is that some white corner backers are so committed to oppose racist speech that they will go out of their way to punish anyone they hear of using it. Is that right?

No, of course it isn’t. The assumption built into those two short sentences is that black players are likely to be out for revenge.

It’s the same point made by those ‘authorities’ who worried about crowds protesting the Zimmerman verdict becoming violent.

It is an assumption of black violence against white people. It is what psychologists call projection: blaming others for what you fear in yourself. And I think the editors should have caught it, instead of passing it along to us.

Gary Michael Tartakov


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