Leland Stein III

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Writer: Calls Brooklyn Nets N—–s’, because of Jay-Z

In sports column on May 16, 2012 at 2:29 am

Jay Z  By Leland Stein III

Unfortunately for my personal psyche and my children’s future, in the year 2012 race relations is still the giant pachyderm sitting in all our faces and hovering over everything thing in America.

Whether most of us want to admit it or not, the fact of the matter is race relations and ideology is underneath the beds of almost every home in this country – yet we conveniently ignore it.

Like one Huffington Post blogger noted: “We’ve fed it, provided water for it to drink and cleaned up the crap left on the floor. Nevertheless, this elephant is messing up our furniture, leaving its prints in the floor and breaking the ceiling; and we continue to house it, rather than deal with it — putting race in its proper place.”

I realize that race influence peoples’ perspectives and for far too long, we have used it to differentiate us between religion, economics, class and race.

Leland Stein III

Recently New York Post sports columnist Phil Mushnick stepped into the massive race chasm like a bull in a china shop. He appeared to lose his shorts after it was reported that Jay Z, only a minuscule 1.5% owner of the New Brooklyn Nets, helped the marketing team design the Nets new black & white logos unveiled earlier this week.

Mushnick wrote: “As long as the Nets are allowing Jay-Z to call their marketing shots — what a shock that he chose black and white as the new team colors to stress, as the Nets explained, their new “urban” home — why not have him apply the full Jay-Z treatment?

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!”

Mushnick has apparently been a long-time critic of the rapper’s role in the franchise, so in his column, he took the brash step to trashed Jay-Z’s choices for the team’s new uniforms, but he went a step further when he attacked Black Pop Culture and Hip Hop.

However, no matter the self satisfying nature of his retort against Gangster Rap, his casual use of the N-word and other images sounded a sour note with many infuriated critics.

“This Clown is a Racist Bigot, this type of animosity is ridiculous and he should be fired,” blasted Nets guard Anthony Morrow via Twitter.

The team, in a statement issued from its new Brooklyn digs, ripped Mushnick as well saying: “We find the story offensive and inappropriate, and it doesn’t deserve further comment.”

The writer’s mix of urban stereotypes and the racial epithet led many to conclude that he crossed a line with the column. But why be surprised?

The Rupert Murdoch-owned N.Y. Post in February 2009 published a monkey cartoon that critics felt equated President Obama with a chimp. The Post issued an editorial page apology.

So far Mushnick has offered no apologies. “I plan to continue to argue against the negative racial and ethnic stereotyping and the promotion of mindless violence, especially to the young and most vulnerable. Jay-Z profits from the worst and most sustaining self-enslaving stereotypes of black-American culture and I’m the racist?” he said.

To Jay Z’s defense people have noted that he is a true American success story, who has used his negative beginnings to turn his life around.

Look, I do not agree with the way Mushnick presented his anti-Jay Z retort; however, I have long subscribed to the belief that the negative energy one puts in the world will come back at them.

Our young men and women that are defining Pop Culture to millions of young impressionable youth have a responsibility for the messages and images they document. The use inflammatory language and lifestyles to sell records and influence youth is a cyber world that cane not come back for those that decide to implement that to make money.

It is hard to come back after all the records, money earned and say, “Oh, I have a daughter now so I will not use the b…h word any longer.” Like Jay Z recently disclaimed.

Here is a piece of advice for all parties involved: Mushnick should take inventory of the industry that creates personas like Jay-Z and others like him that are manipulated victims of poverty and materialism. Anyone angered at Mushnick’s comments, particularly African Americans, should check the negative racial epithets in rap lyrics. Failing to recognize our part in allowing ignorance to take place is: “Ignorance is as ignorance does.” We cannot call ourselves N-word and not expect others to emulate it!!

Leland Stein can be reached at lelstein3@aol.com or at Twitter @lelandsteinIII