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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Political Correctness out of control

Monday, January 21, 2008

MLK day seems like as good a time as any to point out how ridiculous political correctness has become in this country. A couple of weekends ago Kelly Tilghman, an announcer for the Golf Channel made a comment that started a firestorm. She and her co-host, Nick Faldo, were joking about how the young guys coming up on the PGA Tour have almost no chance at beating Tiger Woods. They were tossing around goof-ball ideas about how they might do it and she made the comment that their only hope might be to "lynch him in a back alley." They laughed and moved on. Then the shit hit the fan. She apologized the next day on the air for being insensitive.

Here is where this gets really stupid. Kelly and Tiger are actually very good friends - she MC'ed a charity event for him. Tiger immediately issued a statement saying that it was absolutely a 'non-issue.' But the media and race pimps wouldn't let it go. Al Sharpton got involved and immediately began calling for her to be fired. She was eventually suspended for two weeks. Golfweek runs a story with a noose on the cover - the editor has now been fired.

Here is what really, really bothers me about all of this - If Kelly Tilghman were black, nobody would be talking about it. If Chris Rock had been on the same show and said, "The only chance they got is to lynch that nigga in a back alley," everyone would have laughed and that would have been it. She wasn't even CLOSE to saying that and there were calls for her head. The difference - he's black and she's white.

It is pretty obvious that it isn't what she said that is the issue, it is that she is white and said it. Somehow I don't think that is what Dr. King had in mind when he said he dreamed of a time when people would be judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin.

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