DC Trawler

Racial slurs are bad (except when they aren’t)

Hey, check out my crystal ball. Just the other day, I said:

One of the rules of identity politics is that when one person says something that another person finds offensive, the motives of the first person are irrelevant. Regardless of how innocently he (or she!) may have blundered, the fact that the second person was offended is the only thing that matters.

And today, the NYDN reports:

The ESPN editor fired Sunday for using “chink in the armor” in a headline about Knicks phenom Jeremy Lin said the racial slur never crossed his mind – and he was devastated when he realized his mistake.

“This had nothing to do with me being cute or punny,” Anthony Federico told the Daily News.

“I’m so sorry that I offended people. I’m so sorry if I offended Jeremy.”

If you wanted that to matter, dude, you should’ve gone to work for Obama. Then you could say whatever you wanted and it wouldn’t be racist. Rules are rules, unless you’re a liberal.

“Chink in the armor” = BAD.

“Chimichanga” = GOOD.