Racism Surfaces in ESPN,US ID Law.Video.

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Racism has never abated, been only dormant and it surfaces unwittingly at times though.

Accept it , that’s all.What else can be done!

You can not change centuries of habit.

On the other hand this piece might be due to journalistic enthusiasm to get noticed with out knowing the fall out.

Let them be.

The unexpected emergence of Jeremy Lin from the depths of the New York Knicks‘ bench has been a dream for headline writers and just about everyone who loves puns. The “Linsanity” has spawned some Lincredible wordplay as well as some really unLinteresting phrases.

And, now, we may have found our most offensive headline from a mainstream media outlet.

Several hours after the Knicks’ Lin-spired winning streak was snapped by the New Orleans Hornets, ESPN ran the headline “Chink In The Armor” to accompany the game story on mobile devices. ESPN’s choice of words was extremely insensitive and offensive considering Lin’s Asian-American heritage. According to Brian Floyd at SB Nation, the headline appeared on the Scorecenter app. The offensive headline was quickly noticed, screen grabs, Twit pics and Instagrams were shared and it began circulating widely on Twitter.

The use of the word “chink” is especially galling as Lin has revealed that this racial slur was used to taunt him during his college playing career at Harvard. After a brief run, the headline was changed to “All Good Things..”

On Saturday morning a statement was posted on the ESPN Media Zone website by Kevin Ota, ESPN’s Director of Communications, Digital Media ESPN Communications.

Last night, ESPN.com’s mobile web site posted an offensive headline referencing Jeremy Lin at 2:30 am ET. The headline was removed at 3:05 am ET. We are conducting a complete review of our cross-platform editorial procedures and are determining appropriate disciplinary action to ensure this does not happen again. We regret and apologize for this mistake.

Ota also tweeted about the headline, noting the brief window of time that the headline was visible across mobile platforms.”


The liberal group TakeAction Minnesota on Monday morning held a press conference to condemn what they said was racist imagery being used to promote a proposed voter ID law.

The Republican-controlled Minnesota legislature is pushing for a constitutional amendment that would require voters to show a government-issued photo identification in order to vote at a polling place.

An online banner on WeWantVoterID.com, a site created by the conservative group Minnesota Majority, shows an African-American male dressed in a black-and-white-striped prison suit and a person dressed in a blue mariachi costume standing alongside fictional characters. All of the characters are lined up waiting to vote and the online banner’s reads” “Voter Fraud: Watch How Easy It Is To Cheat In Minnesota’s Elections.


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