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Family Man: the story of Anthony Federico
Former ESPN.com writer Anthony Federico's life changed after he unintentionally wrote a headline many perceived to be racist.
July 9th, 2012
05:59 AM ET

Family Man: the story of Anthony Federico

By John Sepulvado, CNN

(New York) - During a late night at work, Anthony Federico went from an unknown editor at ESPN to an accused bigot after he unintentionally wrote a racially loaded headline. "Chink in the Armor" was the headline, used for an article in February about a poor performance by the New York Knicks' rising star, Jeremy Lin, an Asian-American. Soon Federico was fired, news crews were following him and his family, and the hate mail became so intense his mother refused to accept packages. Just as it seemed his reputation and life would never recover, his family stepped in to help carry the 28-year old through the most turbulent time of his life. His family tells the story in this audio profile.

“I know something was up and I thought he’d been in a car accident,” says Anthony’s mother Debbie Federico recalling the day her son came into her room. “He said ‘they are saying that I made a racist remark.’” (5:12)


“I picked that headline because it’s an expression that I’ve used frequently to describe a team or a player, their first bad game, their first sign of weakness,” says Anthony Federico. (4:12)


“After parenting five children for all of those years having one sentence take down all you’ve built up, that is demoralizing,” says Federico’s father Anthony Federico Senior. (6:41)

soundoff (962 Responses)
  1. Pat

    He says he has frequently used the term before. If he can show prior usage in a non-Asian context, it should go a long way to to proving his point.

    July 9, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Craid

      I think the point is that he wasn't able to show that he uses this expression a lot, or at all. It's no longer a common expression, especially after World War 2, given its potential to be confused as a racial slur. Given his age, it's unlikely he uses that expression all the time, especially given he is a journalist, one would expect that he should know that the N word and this term are just not used.

      July 9, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Craid

      I think the point is that he wasn't able to show that he uses this expression a lot, or at all. It's no longer a common expression, especially after World War 2, given its potential to be confused as a racial slur. Given his age, it's unlikely he uses that expression all the time, especially given he is a journalist, one would expect that he should know that the N word and this term are just not used. But if he's really just ignorant and dumb, then he deserves to be fired. Journalists on a national station are not supposed to be dumb and stupid. There is no excuse either way.

      July 9, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. MontanaTrace

    Are we going to let the ignorant and the liberal PC Police lower the common denominator a little more and at the expense of a good guy that works hard for a living?

    Maybe here in Montana we better watch it when we build a log home (chinking can go bad).

    Without seeing it, how can we tell when a Farrari gets a flat tire" It goes wop, wop, wop. Come on folks. Get a life!

    July 9, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • joes310

      You sir are a clever one...they should let you write all headlines concerning ethnic groups. The world needs more laughter.

      July 9, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Fred

    The real mistake was in not editing the headline.
    Headline writers specialize in double entendres. It is what makes headlines funny (most of the time).
    That headline about Lin was clever, but it was obviously racist.
    There needed to be an immediate apology, not a long list of excuses.
    It's a shame someone had to be fired.
    A heartfelt apology would have been better.

    July 9, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Danny

    Some of you people who are commenting are truly ignorant even in this day and age of diversity and information getting to every corner of the globe. This guy deserve what he got! I find it truly hard to believe of his claim of ignorance that he didn't know what he was doing when saying "Chink" in his headline to describe an Asian America. Get the hell out of here! Are you really that stupid or just thought you can get away with it since Asian America are not as well represented in the media. Idiot!!

    July 9, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Giorgio Cerboncini

    What is peculiar about this post is that it gives the editor in question the benefit of the doubt as to his intentions when he wrote that head. It'd be quite refreshing to see CNN giving politicians and other public figures the same benefit when it comes to comments they make that could be open to interpretation. Fat chance of that happening, though, as no controversy leads to no readership, which leads to lower ad rates.

    July 9, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Katherine

      I agree. It's all in our own personal perspective and how we "interpret" things. And lets face it, there's ALWAYS information we dont have. I mean, we are not them, are not privy to how they were brought up and how they all interacted. We are here and they are there. We dont all.

      July 9, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. HT

    The late great sports writer and novelist Lewis Grizzard is still credited by legendary football coach Vince Dooley for writing the greatest sports headline in History. Unlike this poor guy, Lewis did it to see if he could get it by his editor who according to Lewis, 'Took drunk early'. This happened over 40 years ago but still is fondly remembered as one of the greatist sports headlines ever. Here's the link...

    http://cfbwizard.com/2009/08/19/greatest-headline-in-the-history-of-sports-journalism/

    July 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. manyote

    Come on. A 28 year-old writer and never heard that term used in a derogatory way? Give us a break.

    July 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Yes and No

    There's two things going on here. First, the expression he used is not a racist remark. "Chick in the armor" mean a crack or hole in one's armor, or a weakness of some kind. Using this expression is not inheritently racist. However, nobody but the editor can say if there was an underlying double meaning to the use of the expression. Considering Jeremy Lin is Asian it is still possible the play on words was meant as a racial remark.

    July 9, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Craid

    This is the same type of racist bigot who used to don a black face to mock African-Americans, and made Jewish jokes while they were still acceptable. Now that feminist groups have started to fight back against this sort of low life scum, he has nowhere to turn to, to get a kick than the last frontier for hateful bigots, which is Asians. One can sometimes still get away with making jokes about Asians, and this man is the last of a dying breed, thank God. There is no room in the U.S. for this type of person.

    July 9, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jerry

    dumbass!

    July 9, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Renee Marie Jones

    Did no one review the headline before it was published?!? Someone should have caught it.

    July 9, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Seriously?

    I have never heard of taking this basic, common word in the English language and using it as a racial slur. The definition is right in the dictionary as others have posted. People can take affront to any word in any language at any time. Pretty soon we won't be able to speak as it will all be an insult.

    July 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • joes310

      exactly right! I can think of atleast 30 such words that are now "off limits", pretty soon the entire English language will be gone....never again uttered!!!

      July 9, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Craid

      Seriously? What rock have you been living under?

      July 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary

      It's getting rediculous. I'm in my 50's and I just recently learned you can't use the word "lynched" around some African Americans. Why aren't the public schools teaching these things in history anymore and issuing PC dictionaries that identify which English words are offensive to what groups? Why can't America be more tolerant and use it as a teaching moment rather that an opportunity to destroy someone? Ironically, "chink" is offensive but it's apparently okay for me to go to the mall on the weekends and hear people dropping the F-bomb around children.

      July 9, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jean Yar

      "chink" as a derogatory term directed at people/individuals of Chinese or Asian descent has been around for a long time. However, the use of chink in context of this article implied conparison to chinking which is a mixture of mud, straw (and sometimes manure) that used used in building primitive structures to keep out wind and weather. Having read the article, it is more than obvious that the writer was referring to the building material rather than the derogatory terminology. Most of those who took offense were those who walk around with chips on their shoulders ready to take offense where none is implied or intended. The man deserves to get his job back. I doubt there is any history in his career or personal life to back up the allegations of racism or prejudice.

      July 9, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • joes310

        no i think he means that there is a chink in the knick's armour. as in there is a big chinese guy on the knick's basketball team.

        July 9, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mhmm.

      You've seriously never heard of someone calling Chinese people wacky chinks? Seriously? I bet you also think it's okay to call Jews kikes.

      July 9, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. roccop777

    What would have happened in the 1950's if a sports reporter wrote: "Joe DiMaggio wops another home-run"? Nothing!

    July 9, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Craid

      So Mr. Roccop777 claims to know what would have happened in the 1950's in a hypothetical situation as a fact. Shows something about the man's IQ. And besides, America in the 50s was hardly a racially tolerant society. Bringing us back to the worst parts of that time is just plain stupid.

      July 9, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Anon

    C'mon People. Don't nip at the poor guy........ Wait........... Am I fired??????

    July 9, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Craid

      You would, and should be if you were a paid sports writer, and were writing about Ichiro. But you are just a dick with no life writing about nothing, and since you probably have no job, being fired is a luxury you probably can't afford.

      July 9, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • truthordare7

      Are you writing for CNN? Did you write it in relation to a Japanese? You writing racist remarks just concerns you but when you represent an organization, then there will be consequences. Know the difference and the context.

      July 9, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. diegohomans

    I believe he wouldn't have put it out there if he had realized the way it could be taken. And in not realizing the way it could be taken, he shows that he at least shouldn't have that job, possibly even that he is mentally deficient.

    July 9, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • SueR

      Mentally deficient? How about he doesn't think in racist terms, so it didn't even occur to him that that's how it would be taken?

      July 9, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • Albert G

        When I read the headline my thought was to the PRIMARY meaning of the work being: A narrow opening, such as a crack or fissure. It wasn't until I read the name of the player and saw that it was asian that I thought of the offensive slang definition. I am of German heritage and everytime I hear the word 'kraut' I don't assume someone is talking about Germans. I think it is VERY unfortunate that a man lost his job because people assuming he was using a word in an offensive way.

        July 9, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
        • Craid

          Exactly. He selected the phrase as a pun on Lin's race, thinking he could get a cheap kick while claiming it's just an expression. Calling someone of Chinese heritage that slur is like calling a German a Schweinhund, except worse.

          July 9, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • Steve

        If he didn't see that as an editor, then he should be fired for being bad at his job.

        The job of an editor is to review the article and make sure it is appropriate. A phrase like "Chink in the armor" is not smart when used to describe an Asian person. Period.

        It doesn't matter if he is racist or not. The fact is, he failed his job as an editor and made his employer look bad.

        July 9, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Jayson

    Thank you politically correct for reminding me that this word has a racist meaning and not the meaning I associate it with on a regular basis.....

    July 9, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Jim

    What a shame that this guys whole career is ruined b/c some idiots wanted to run with a story about possible racism. I would think that everything he suggested had to be approved by someone before making it to print or to a headline on TV yet this slipped through and than we condemn the guy for a well known saying. I dont know the guy at all but i feel bad for him as society is too fast to rush and judge someone for something he obviously didnt mean to be racist. Too many pathetic people out there who should worry about their own lives and careers vs ruining someone elses.

    July 9, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Beezelbub

    A couple of years ago a friend was at his job working for Kraft Foods, in Madison, Wi. His job is to slice meat and cheese several hundred ponds an hour et cetera. While working he was singing "That Old Black Magic" a passing worker reported him to the HR Dept., and wanted him fired for being racist. Never mind the song has been around for nearly 50 years and has nothing to do with black people, it was the name that was evil. After he explained and had to sing the song to three layers of management he kept his job.
    Really?? Nearly fired because somebody who wouldn't take time to listen to a song? The Ultra PC Language Police, have got to start taking chill pills. He kept his sense of humor about the whole thing and said to the HR Dept, on his way out of their office and said at least I wasn't singing " Rock and Roll Nigger"

    July 9, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Chief Owl Eyes

    White wash.....a lie.....well that probably applies. Talk to the Mexican and the American Indians.

    July 9, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • PevanB

      There you go bringing up the American Indian. I am sure everything that you learned came from your grandfather or father. Well guess what they were wrong – American indians were not the happy loving people that hollywood makes them out to be. They were savages, I have read accounts from the french that say that many of them participated in cannibalizing and torture. I know the euros were mean too don't get me wrong. I just have to say you lost we won get over it and enjoy the check from the casino

      July 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      White wash.....mmmmm..... isn't that a racial comment......you are fired........sticks and stone my break my bones but words will never hurt me!

      July 9, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  20. D

    Depending on your upbringing and location, the use of chink as a racial slur would be legitimately unintelligible to more people than you might think.
    If we censor racist terms successfully, then we create a large group of people to whom those terms will never have a racial connotation.
    If we then punish people who then use it unawares we would seem to be caught in a somewhat vicious cycle by widely publicizing them again.

    The proposition then would appear to be that we all must know all racially charged terms, but we must never speak or print them.

    July 9, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beezelbub

      Really?? Do you want to sanitize 500 years of stories because ooh, somebody might be offended? Try not to let anyone read Chaucer, Gilgamesh,Roland or Shakespeare and for Gods sake stay away from all the books in the Bible, (they aren't the cleanest bits of reading).

      The ULTRA PC LANGUAGE POLICE, need to be stopped before there are languages,aphorisms,euphemisms,adages allowed. Sometimes a chink in the armor is simply a chink in the armor.

      July 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  21. virgoniantransplant

    I'm surprised to see how many people are ignorant to the fact that "chink" is a well-established derogatory slur towards Asians or who find it relatively inoffensive. I'm also guessing that most of you are couth enough not to be using it in your everyday language, just as you would refrain from using "nigg**". Asians & Asian-Americans don't make up nearly the percentage of the general population that African-Americans or Latinos do, and are not as prominent in pop culture. Racism towards Asians isn't portrayed often in the media, either. Overall, anti-Asian sentiment may seem to be an infrequent event and perhaps a minor issue, in the grand scope of things.

    The point is that the word "chink" is a very common term that's used when someone is trying to be racist towards Asians. Just like how the word "nigg**" carries significant weight to African-Americans, "chink" holds similar weight to Asians & Asian-Americans. As a Korean-American myself, I haven't been subjected to aggressive & overt racism often, but each instance almost always involved "chink," "ching chong", being good at math, and some comment about small eyes.

    So yes. You don't hear the word "chink" often, but when you're a person of Asian descent and being subjected to racist verbal abuse, you hear the word "chink" very often. It's not very fun.

    To those who contend that "chink in the armor" is a well-established phrase that was coined long ago without racist intent: you're right. However, using it in a national headline to describe a Taiwanese basketball player who just had a poor performance is very different. Playing ignorance in this setting was unacceptable, and even if Federico was truly ignorant to this, the editors ought to have been savvy enough to pick upon it.

    July 9, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Atlanta Nick

      OMG – Get over it – I have a very distinctive last name and am frequently referred to as Greaseball – as in Greek imigrant piece of crap – Guess what? I DON'T care and it doesn't bother me one bit – I go about my business and I laugh with the best of them – GROW UP and GET OVER YOURSELF -

      July 9, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lee

      Sounds to me like you have never heard a rap song.
      I use the word song loosely.
      Its hate rhyme to me.
      Actually a lot of it don't even rhyme.
      I don't listen myself, unless some jerk with speakers larger than the engine in his car forces it on me.

      July 9, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kevin

        @Lee, your ignorance when it comes to hip-hop is kind of sad. There are many rappers out there that speak positivity and unity. The hip-hop that you hear on the radio, etc, is not hip-hop. It's gangsta pop music. I would encourage you to listen to artist like Talib Kweli, Jay Electronica Mos Def, or Sa-Ra. You'll see that hip-hop is far from the garbage you'll hear on the radio. Is there still cussing ? Yes there is. However, the overall message is one of positivity.

        July 9, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      No one I know knows this is a racial slur.

      July 9, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Bowles

      It was dumb, but reflects lack of review. ESPN went looking for a butt-to-kick, instead of asking how to review their copy before it went on the air.

      It's a process-problem. ESPN screwed up; this guy, not as much.

      July 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • W

      I hear you. Unfortunate choice of words. But hackey terms like "chink in the armor" are the rule in today's sports writing. And for a working guy to lose his job and be tainted, and for his family be afraid to check the mail, because he wasn't "savvy" enough, is just plain wrong. Next time you're not "savvy" I hope the same thing doesn't happen to you my friend.

      July 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Thank you for the first intelligent post I've come across. This is absolutely insane that people don't believe the headline was racist or at the very least would be perceived as racist. I am at a loss to explain it. The term "chink" is just as offensive to Asians as the N word is to African Americans. I don't condone hatred toward anyone, but that is really beside the point as is the fact that an editor should have caught it. It was absolutely going to be perceived as racist and I agree with those who think he was either being racist or is a seriously sheltered individual.

      July 9, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • truthordare7

      I think most people know that Chink is a derogatory word for the Asians but just that they get away with it all the time as most Asians don't respond back or are not confrontational. And for the life of me, I can't understand how a so called journalist can pretend to not understand what it stands for. I believe he meant it as a joke, a risky joke, which while coupled with the wider audience brushing away racism toward Asians, he felt he might get away with it – or, at least get away with a slight reprimand and an apology. I don't think he expected to be fired and then to be inundated with overwhelming negative exposure – more so than he bargained for at least. Yes, I believe the response was over the top to be honest but then that seems to be the only way to get heard nowadays. In short, I think he knew what he was doing and he thought he was being wickedly clever but didn't expect the backdraft the way it did. Both sides got their punches in and I think it is time to let it go.

      July 9, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  22. t-bone

    Lets see some past articles and headlines that he wrote as proof.
    If he can prove what he says is true, then ESPN owes him an apology and his job back.
    If his excuse has no merit, then its done.
    doesnt seem too hard to me.

    July 9, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Just Saying...

    It is being required that we censor our language to meet other people's lack of understanding

    July 9, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Atlanta Nick

    I have one question – If it had been Jeremy Jones, a white guy whose family came to the States in 1850, and the article headline was the same, would Federico have been fired – This scenario is way too stupid even for the PC morons at ESPN -

    July 9, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • t-bone

      try commenting on an article at ESPN.
      The censors there are ridiculous.

      July 9, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • truthordare7

      It depends on what he wrote. if he wrote as the headline: "Crack -er in the armour". What do you think?

      July 9, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  25. W

    It's great how the crowd loves to gang up on a guy and torture him. Take a moral pretext, disregard whether it was even *possible* that your target made an innocent mistake, and proceed to vent the malice and hate you secretly always had in your heart. Go ahead, send hate mail and torment him and his family. And feel good about yourself while doing it. Dont' worry, you're safe, part of the crowd, congratulating yourself for representing some good cause. I call you scum.

    July 9, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • KSE

      The mob (nothing to do with Italian immigrants of the 20th century) mentality- always ready with the torches.

      July 9, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  26. mr t

    I think intention should only be presumed by context. Now, if Mr. Federico had used that phrase in response to a person who was British born and of Asian descent, who had just been Knighted, it would be a whole other situation.

    July 9, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • dvgjr

      well played, sir!

      July 9, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Colin

    What is this world coming to.Are we that sensitive to every word that is spoken or wrote ? I am an Anglo from the UK and I have been here for 27 years and if I got upset every time someone referred to me as a Limey or any other joke on the 4th of July there wouldn't be a newspaper big enough to cover it. Let us just relax and enjoy our diversity.

    July 9, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  28. commentable

    they better not say that the floor is spic and span – and old definiton of clean and new

    July 9, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Some Refrain From Usage

      I know what you mean. Some people even refrain from using the word Niggard, as a noun, when all the word means is someone who is a miser or very stingy, according to the dictionary.

      July 9, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Larry

    That's nothing. I came through customs back into the USA from Canada with my Chinese girl friend and was told by the agent that we have enough of those people here and we don't want any more of them. Nice huh.
    Try sending your Chinese step daughter to an inner city school with majority black population. Watch her get the krap beat out of her for doing her studies and passing with good grades.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • skpfrmdc

      The same thing happens to the Black kids that Study and get good grades. Did you get anything from this article? Seems your racism isn't "percieved".

      July 9, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Butterbuns

    I never knewwhat a "porch monkey" was until about 6 years ago and I'm in my 50's. I had never heard the expression used. I grew up in a neighborhood with lots of large, brick front porches where families would hang out on hot days (Caucasian, Polish American families).

    July 9, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • t-bone

      Its okay.
      We took that one back. :)

      July 9, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Lee

    Soon people will not even be able to converse with all this political correctness.
    I for one am sick of it, and will continue calling it like I see it.
    Some even use these so called racial slurs against each other with no problem.
    And only the white man is supposed to be a bigot.
    With a name like his I doubt he is all white.
    Leave him alone.
    Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Anbinder

    We cannot let a dago by with out letting a wopping ethnic slur slip by. This young man should pay a few guineas forward for his goombah of a faux pas. What a guido!

    July 9, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • lmnofish

      the worst form of humor (quotuh for the week.

      July 9, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Just Saying...

    He should not have been fired. It was not a racist headline in intent or meaning.

    Similar stupidity over the word NIGGARDLY: On January 15, 1999, David Howard, a white aide to Anthony A. Williams, the black mayor of Washington, D.C., used "niggardly" in reference to a budget. This apparently upset one of his black colleagues , who interpreted it as a racial slur and lodged a complaint. As a result, on January 25 Howard tendered his resignation, and Williams accepted it.

    And the word GAY: teacher replaces the word gay in Christmas Carol ""now we don our gay apparel"" with bright so no one is offended.

    And there are many more examples where a valid word is corrupted for political correctness.

    This is speech police.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Bill

    From dictionary.com:

    Chink
       [chingk]

    Noun ( sometimes lowercase ) Slang: Disparaging and Offensive , a Chinese.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • commentable

      the first deinfion of it is crack cleft or fissure

      July 9, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • qanerd

      chink 1 (chngk)
      n.
      A narrow opening, such as a crack or fissure.
      tr.v. chinked, chink·ing, chinks
      1. To make narrow openings in.
      2. To fill narrow openings in.

      July 9, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tracy

      You had to go all the way down the page on Dictionary.com to find the "disparaging" definition. The first definition correctly reads "a crack, cleft or fissure..."
      You're just trying to race-bait.
      PS My husband, therefore my child, is Chinese.

      July 9, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • 2sc00ps

      Also from Dictionary dot com.

      chink/CHiNGk/
      Noun: 1.A narrow opening or crack, typically one that admits light.
      2.A high-pitched ringing sound.

      Verb: Make or cause to make a light and high-pitched ringing sound, as of glasses or coins striking together.

      July 9, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reality Check

      1: a small cleft, slit, or fissure
      2: a weak spot that may leave one vulnerable
      3: a narrow beam of light shining through a chink

      Merriam Webster

      And your point, Bill, was...

      July 9, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • C Bauer

      You're a moron. Try the full scope of definitions from Merriam-Webster, as seen with other peoples' posts, instead of handpicking one that makes you feel better about your own ignorance.

      July 9, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • what?

      chink
      noun

      According to Merriam Webster, the writer used the term correctly. It is only deemed offensive if someone wants to be offended.
      1
      a vulnerable point
      Synonyms back, chink, jugular, soft spot, underbelly
      Related Words downfall, ruin, undoing; hamartia, tragic flaw

      July 9, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • nadia bizniz

      Bill obviously has an agenda.
      Go to Dictionary.com (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/chink?s=t)
      and look up the word "chink". Bill had to go down the list of many definitions
      to find the one he highlighted, intentionally skipping over several definitions
      such as the first definition listed: a crack, cleft, or fissure: a chink in a wall.

      July 9, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Actually Bill, here is the correct term on Dictionary.Com

      World English Dictionary
      chink 1 (tʃɪŋk)

      — n
      1. a small narrow opening, such as a fissure or crack
      2. chink in one's armour a small but fatal weakness

      — vb
      3. chiefly ( US ), ( Canadian ) ( tr ) to fill up or make cracks in

      [C16: perhaps variant of earlier chine, from Old English cine crack; related to Middle Dutch kene, Danish kin ]

      'chinky 1

      — adj

      July 9, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • SSampson

      Really?? – tere are a bunch of definitions – this is a context thing – 'Chink in the armor' refers to a crack or fissure in actual armor....

      And there is more...

      n.
      A slight, metallic sound, as of coins rattling in a pocket.
      intr. & tr.v. chinked, chink·ing, chinks
      To make or cause to make a slight, metallic sound.

      This is nuts – it should have been taken as it was meant, and people should stand up and stop being pushed around on ludicrous word games like this....

      'Chink in the Armor' is NOT (repeat) – NOT racist – anyone that says it is in ANY way is insane.... There is no reference in this context to anything even HUMAN....

      July 9, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just Saying...

      So do you sensitive types also want the word Bob removed from our vocabulary?

      Bob – Battery Operated Boyfriend.

      You look deep enough and at a lot of sources and you can find something off about any word.

      July 9, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  35. commentable

    I googled CHINK to see where the slur lies in teh definitions and found a story that MSN has about batman and how his suit would not work in the real world.(now thats a good use of time an energy.) the headline "physicists find chink in batman suit': you can make this stuff up.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Richard

    Hate is the enemy. Forgive and move on.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Mark

    Perhaps just another case of us as a society overreacting in punishing the appearance of racism or sexism in a vain attempt to make up for the fact that their is so much institutionalized racism or sexism that we do not. (i.e. Much of the Republican Party policy, or otherwise)
    Personally I doubt he was so stupid/sadistic as to intentionally use the term in a derogatory fashion in the headline. Also when using it in that way as to refer to Lin, the headline doesn't really make a ton of sense. Lin in the armor. Would still be double entendre but be very forced. I really think it's a shame. And while Chink is a term that most know, a person seriously can't be expected to know all the bigotted terms out there. A while ago I heard someone listing a lot of them, and half or more I had no clue what they meant. This reminds me a little of the moronic Gwyenth Paltrow "controversy". Anything to distract us from the real problems of the world and actually doing something about them, I suppose,

    July 9, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Rayme

    Actually, we're all getting a little tired of people writing and saying 'racist' junk, and then come back saying "Oh, I really didn't mean it like that. I'M not a racist!". That's getting a bit 'old'! With the awesome responsibility of the Press, folks just need to think twice before the write or say stupid things!!

    July 9, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • qanerd

      Seek (racism) and you will fund (racism)

      July 9, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ralph

      Chink in the armor is a valid term. What he is saying is that the cracks are showing in jeremy's superman status.. Chinks was a term for cracks or defects long before it was used as a term by "some" racist people to define Chinese.. much like spic for Hispanic, or paki for Pakistani.. Notice how in each case, it is just a shortened form of the race? I suspect what happened was the way people yelled it out, made the immigrant feel like they were insulting them.. that stuck. We have to unfortunately keep up with the times these days.. You cannot say a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush anymore, because a bush now means something else.. Same for the word gay, illegal immigrant etc..

      July 9, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  39. marineace

    He looks quite young so odds are that he never heard the term before. Probably not the most appropriate phrase to use but not really a reason for terminating employment.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • anna k

      It is a reason for termination. He should have known, I mean calling him young....eh he is old enough to know how to tie his shoes he is old enough to know racist terminology. Come on now, this guy put his thoughts on paper and forgot he was writing for the world. Or he was drunk.

      July 9, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  40. lexe71

    The guy is a racist idiot and I am glad that he was fired

    July 9, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • momo0828

      More signs that the apocalypse is upon us!!

      July 9, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • cindy

      I had never heard the term other than the way he intended it so I had to Google it to understand the controversy.
      Has he ever done something like this before? If not, why would he put his career on the line like that? To fire someone and harass him because they assumed he knew how the term is used now when they way he used it made perfect sense is ridiculous! The first definition of 'chink' in dictionary.com refers to it the way he used it. The other way doesn't even make sense.

      July 9, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  41. PCFRIAR2006

    Went to school with this guy...him and his crew were a real big group of elitists who constantly used racial slurs and jokes.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alan Foglesong

      Man up and use your real name if you are going to make a comment like this or are you afraid of a slander lawsuit?

      July 9, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anthony Federico

      This is Anthony Federico. Care to identify yourself?

      July 9, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Crazy Yates

    You sit the guy that wrote the line down with the guy it was written about and let him apologize for being insensiitive (sorry folks, it was a really poor choice of words, intentional or unintentional). You let him explain that it wasn't meant that way. If the guy it was written about can handle the apology you go on from there. If he can't then you deal with it. ESPN took the easy way out.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Rakwitiushbulbma Saritaharitha LaRapadademerious Jones

    People use the term "redneck" all the time to describe poor white southern males. I don't see all the uproar about any of that!

    July 9, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • anna k

      Redneck is not a racist remark. Comparing redneck to his title is not relevant. This man doesn't deserve to be a writer if he doesn't have the intelligence to leave out racist terms in his writing. Now he is paying for it. If this happened to me, it never would as I am not racist, I would say, "Sorry, I take responsibility for my mistake." But he cannot even see his mistake apparently. Stupid.

      July 9, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tracy

        Actually, "redneck" is a racist term in that it is ONLY used to describe white people. They are "rednecked" because they are manual laborers, and the intent is that they are uneducated. Just because it's an accepted term and used by self-claiming "rednecks" doesn't make it any less racist. How many rappers use the N word?

        July 9, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Emmmwhat

        I agree with you Anne, It doesnt matter if he meant it or not. Him being a writter should have known to use a better choice of words. He got what he deserved. Let that be a lesson to him and others that write.

        July 9, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • CL

      A lot of rednecks refer to themselves as rednecks.

      July 9, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • qanerd

        ...and I personally know at least two Chinese who have said to me "you chink so?". What's your point? Mine is that you can twist almost anything to be racist. Tired of it.

        July 9, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Paul

    It's funny the media want's us to be sad because they did something they cruxify others for doing.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • KSE

      Wow! That's very insightful. That's using your noodle.

      July 9, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  45. liz

    So how about when blacks/hispanics/asians, especially 'comedians' who can call white people anything they want, and make negative comments about what they assume are white cultural behaviors and traditions? Tune into the black comedy on TV and check it out. All of that is OK. Why are only white people considered racists? This country has become a joke.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • marineace

      I agree with you, Liz. There does seem to be a double standard in play here. Wrong is wrong, regardless of who says it.

      July 9, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • CL

      White people are definitely not the only racists/ignorant! But you don't have a history of discrimination based on your skin color/face.

      All comedians make fun of all races and cultures.

      July 9, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • anna k

      Well it is not okay for anybody to be racist Liz. This isn't about whites/blacks/asians etc divided. It is about banning the largest problem of racism in America. And I hope you are not that stupid to ask why whites are not able to "get away" with being racist. Your comment is a joke.

      July 9, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • janet

      Liz, I registered JUST to comment on yours............You are SSSOOOO right! It infuriates me to no end. My best friend is black and she says it is because blacks are a minority, therefore you simply can't say things. Whites are the majority so they are fair game. I am also from the south & grew up in an impoverished area. It is ok for that but GOD forbid we even say "chocolate" good grief.

      July 9, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • skpfrmdc

        See my other post jan. unfortunately for modern caucasians the emphisis placed on color and culture by preceding "white" cultures have made the differences between races more pronounced as it was used as an elitism. Now the children, grandchildren, ect. of those generations (wether they are racist or not) have inheritied the legacy of supposed superiority of "whites". you may not subscribe to it but it is promoted in your name by societies based on racial separation. All white cultures have professed this idea in one form or another jews in Germany to Native Americans to Aparthied in South Africa. Want to be a Rhodes Scholar (Bill Clinton)? Google Cecil Rhodes and learn something. If you want it to end drop your racial distinctions and become a human. I am no longer Afro American, black, Colored, Negro ect. I am HUMAN with a pigment range in the darker spectrum. Some people NEED to Be "white" "Black", whatever.

        July 9, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Because making jokes about the differences between white and black culture does not even come close to racism. I don't know if this guy meant it or not, but to try to make that comparison is a stretch at the very least. Like someone said earlier, this guy needs to realize that he works for the largest sports news outlet on this planet. He needs to be careful with anything that he writes that will be seen by millions of people across the globe.

      July 9, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • joes310

      you really think there's a double standard? you think if a black man walked into chinatown and yelled out "chink" it would be no problem at all???? There's no double standard. Get over yourself.

      July 9, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • skpfrmdc

      Well you practically invented racism in the 2oth century and you codified it (made it law for the under read) and legitimized it through a century of discourse on how you are superior to all other forms of humans. Since race seems to be important to whites then all things racist (implied or otherwise) find thier roots traced back to mostly, but not exclusively whites or those that think of themselves as some kind of "white" person.

      July 9, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Gregorio

    Another thought-crime victim bites the dust! 'Chink in the armor' is a common phrase used to describe some weakness. A chink in the armor was a defect in a medieval knight's armor which could cause problems. I refuse to succumb to thought crime idiocy.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • anna k

      Okay but you are trying to justify a saying that had different meaning back 100's of years ago. Today it means something different. IF you are too stupid to understand that racist remarks are not tolerated in most of America, your job as a writer is doomed eventually. Of course he made a mistake but he says he uses it all the time. ESPN fired him because they would be viewed as racist if they kept him on payroll. This is why you have to watch what you say because even if you don't think it is a big deal, there are others who do...and you know those who do highly out number those who don't care about such sayings.

      July 9, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ec

      Yes, but he should have chosen a different analogy when the athlete being discussed is CHINESE American. It was stupid and insensitive of him.

      July 9, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • joes310

      oh thank you so much for the explanation gregorian. No one on this page knew what "chink in the armor" meant until you so eloquently explained it to us...you see, we are a bunch of foreigners

      July 9, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Rick

    That headline traveled in WOP speed...oh sorry, that was not intentional.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Pre

    I don't believe that he meant it as just only an expression when he said 'chink in the armor'. When one uses the word chink anywhere near in the asian, it will certainly be perceived as racist. He is an editor who should know that when you publish an article in a national sports network such as ESPN, it should be edited thoroughly and wisely. If he had used this expression in terms of another race, then people wouldn't have perceived it as racist. But, he made a very bad decision which cost him his career.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Homie G

    I remember looking at the espn scorecenter app for my iPod touch after the Knicks and seeing this headline. I thought absolutely NOTHING of the headline at the time, I had never heard of "chink" was a racist term for Asians. The headline made sense to me when i initially saw it, we all know what chink in the armor means. Kudos to the Live Clips people for believing in him.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  50. FauxNews

    This is why you have writers AND editors. When news agencies get cheap, mistakes are made.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Junebug

    This nation of literates is getting a little too sensitive to words. As someone mentioned, chink in the armor is a very old phrase and Mr.Frederico was not being racist. We as a nation should
    remember the phrase: "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me."

    July 9, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • CL

      This It's not because it's racist per say...it's a very poor choice of words.

      Like saying "Black Athlete Perform Niggardly". It's tasteless and shouldn't happen.

      July 9, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Evelyn

    This reminds me of when David Howard was pressured to resign by people who, as columnist Tony Snow put it, "actually demanded that he apologize for their ignorance."

    July 9, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Tony

    Whoever is defending him is just as dumb as he! Dont you realize he an EDITOR – so It doesnt matter if he meant it or not – it should not have been the headline, period. If he did not know this was a racial slur – he needs to find a new businline of work where you do not need intelligence.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just Saying...

      Tony – your brain comprehension is niggardly.

      Yep – sentence works no matter your color. Just as 'chink in armor' works no matter your color.

      July 9, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  54. hrpufnstuf

    Now, if he had said "Egg roll in the soup" that would have been a different story....

    July 9, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • B

      i dont think he was WONG at all..

      July 9, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Deed

    He should be fired. He is a racist and his family and friend try to find excuses for him are racist.
    People make mistake, apologize is only way out not excuse.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • ManMade

      Grow up and quit worrying about what people say.

      July 9, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Person

      You're an idiot.

      July 9, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • JudgeDB

      I bet you think "niggardly" is a racial slur...

      July 9, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • alfer

      Your comment about wanting him fired for this innocent mistake is a big part of what's wrong with this country. It's gotten where any little remark that's made that offends anyone, regarless if the intent, is met with everyone calling for the person's head and job. Next up will be calls for Capital Punishment against the person Whish is stupid, like your remark.

      July 9, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • teacher and father

      I guarantee my children would not understand the word "chink" in a racist comment, and would bet money most of my college students don't either. Political correctness has removed the word as a racist slur from the vernacular a generation ago. Mr. Federico has likely never heard it used that way. That is a good thing, and he should not be punished for it. Do you research the historical context of every word you use? If I use spic-and-span cleanser am a racist? Is calling a spoiled socialite a JAP racist against Jewish people or residents of Japan?

      July 9, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  56. John Schaeffer

    Oh for God's sake, the guy made a mistake! Reprimand him, yes; fire him, no! ESPN Sux.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  57. George

    I was similarly accused for being racist when organizing a large educational event, two people begged to be invited. I told their supervisor that I was including invitations for the beg-ons (who were of mixed race). He told my supervisor that I was being racist in referring to them in this way. It wasn't their color, it was how they acted. I took a lot of heat and they got to come anyway. Chink is a 1940s word as slang. As a real word he used it appropriately in the headline.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • anna k

      He did not use the word correctly everybody needs to watch what they say, its called being politically incorrect. What ever he meant by writing that title of his article, it was racist.

      July 9, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jean Yar

      Never heard of the term "beg-on"...I'll have to look that one up...when I read it in your post...I thought you were referring to people who begged on your invite list. Nothing to do with racism.

      July 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Rick

    One guy could make a mistake.....we can't blame him.
    But there is simply NO WAY that all the editors and proofreaders in the chain of command of a huge publisher like ESPN missed the racial connotations of that headline! Place the blame where it belongs: ESPN as an organization!

    July 9, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  59. GenXcynic

    Get over yourselves people. We have real issues to focus on, not this foolishness.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  60. doggie doo

    He shouldn't be a writer if he didn't realize that this would create an uproar. How does one not realize this. And by the way, ever see Connie Chung do her "Chinese" schtick. I find that more offensive.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  61. elvinmerij

    What's great about this is that it affirms my long-held contention that the vast majority of the human race is really just a giant dung-heap that has no reason to exist.

    For so many so-called "people" to jump on him and criticize him incorrectly for supposedly using a racial slur, is absolute proof that the majority of the human species is, well, sub-human.

    So when the day finally comes when a massive world-wide epidemic wipes us all out, it really won't be any big loss. God will sigh, and just start over again ...

    July 9, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  62. morpeth10

    While I do think people jump too quickly in calling everyone else racist... I WILL call the guy a total idiot. The second I read the headline he wrote, I just cringed. He either thought he was being clever (and actually racist) OR he's absolutely clueless to have not known what a terrible double entendre that was. In either case, a journalist SHOULD know better, and if he didn't, he probably should be in another career.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  63. DeucesWild2021

    This guy really lost his job over a longstanding phrase? If he would've said something along the lines of Lin should've used tiger claw instead of praying mantis when playing defense, then that would be racistsl imo but "chink in the armor" automatically made me think "a weakness in an otherwise solid entity." Maybe the ones who are so quick to jump down federico's throat need to examine their frame of mind because they're the ones who try to seek racism in every nook and cranny when there isn't any.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wonderfool

      I guess you know the the difference between the Tiger Claw and the Chink – one is used to admire the fighting quality of the Chinese people while the other is used to dehumanize them as with "funny" eyes. May be this clarification will help. Yes, the whites, especially the Western Europeans in the US have used several such demeaning adjectives such as Poloks or Japs or Wetpacks or ..May be you need a list of all these so you will avoid being Federico.

      July 9, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Tim

    “I picked that headline because it’s an expression that I’ve used frequently to describe a team or a player, their first bad game, their first sign of weakness,” He can't be that dumb. I don't think he's a bigot – at least not a raving one. He suffers from a common malady of the day: uncontrollable snarkiness. His is a good cautionary tale. I've been presented with similar temptations and it's only been by the grace of God I didn't end up where he is now.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  65. volsocal

    Funny! It's funny because it was NOT intentional. The thin skinned who are so easily offended must be held to the standard that intent is a requirement for recognition of their horrible plight. Much like the K.C. Chiefs, Cleveland Indians, Redskins, and 'Noles at Florida State. No intent to offend. Quite the opposite, actually. Thus they are still around. This is sports! Laugh and move on.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Fed Up

    I am also sick and tired of the over analysis of every word, comment, lack of comment or even look from someone perceived as racist – we're sensitive it seems when it suits an agenda. I hear Blacks use the "N word" all the time, and they think it's a greeting acceptable to them – but I am white, and could be charged with a crime to even suggest this as a way of addressing someone, verbally or in writing. Double standards are the new way of life.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Jenna

    So where are all the previous articles where Federico used the same expression?

    July 9, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  68. VA

    Here's a thought...this editor is 28. I'm almost double his age...I have kids that are close to his age. Because of the years of PC we've been taught, alot of the terminology (slang) that I use doesn't even register with my kids. I'm not saying that I say racist remarks...in general some of the slang that I may use...my kids have never even heard of. This is also, I think due to the fact that the younger generation is not racist as say some of the older generation may be. So, maybe, just maybe it didn't occur to this editor that the word he used would be veiwed as racist because he is in fact not racist. Maybe PC that we've been taught has been retained in some cases??? If this is true, what a shame!!!!

    July 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt_D

      I'm a 28 year old editor myself, and I can assure you...he knew better.

      July 9, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Subnx

    This guy is 28. When's the last time you heard some call a Chinese guy a Chink? How about calling an Irish guy a Mick or an Italian guy a Wop. Betcha there are lots of 28 year olds who never heard the terms. In a generation or so there will be kids who have never heard the word nigger except on old rap songs. There is no Constitutional right not to be offended. By the way, I'm a Polak/Mick.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  70. BobbyBrick

    ohhh...i know...next we start screaming to have them take the term "white bread" off of all sandwich menus...

    now I'm off to throw some stones with the rest of the perfect people

    July 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Proud American

    I'm a 38-year old, highly educated (PhD) bi-racial African American/Hispanic American male and have worked 12 countries. I only say that for context. NEVER did I know that "chink" was a racial term. Its a word that has always been used. Unfortunately, we will never know whether this guy was being racist or not. But one thing is certain... our country has gone down a path where people are fired on the spot for any reason and where we allow words to define us. As a black AND hispanic male, I see our society has created an environment where every word is contested or every word is assumed to have racist innuendo. We are all to blame. So sad!

    July 9, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Michael Wong

    Sometimes you aren't aware that you may have said something that was not politically correct or that hurts another person. What matters is the apology afterwards after you've realized the error. Some people have made too much out of this incident. I would have recommended an apology, move on and let him keep his job. There are so many other things to get upset over . . . poverty in the world, lack of health care in this country. This guy did not deserve to be treated like this for a mistake.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba

      Mr. Wong, because you are I assume of oriental descent, your words and suggestions mean so much more than so many of the self-righteous who nitpick every word, every slip of the tongue. Thank you for bringing some sanity to this little piece of the world today if only for a short while

      July 9, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  73. anonymous

    PCNN

    July 9, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  74. DA15

    his comments were WRONG and he should have known better.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hattie's Grandaughter

      They may appear to be "wrong" to you but may and probably were just an innocent oversight to the author. I have read other sports stories he has written and he has used this phrase before at least twice that I could find. So he should have had the benefit of the doubt. We are far too quick to jump to conclusions these days and often, the wrong conclusion.

      July 9, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • Hattie's Grandaughter

        I would say further that we have politically corrected ourselves beyond belief. To the extent that we cannot use the word Christmas anymore, say the Lords Prayer at school or at meetings, display a cross anywhere except at home, wear clothing which has any religeous connotation printed on it, cannot say God Bless You when someone sneezes or at any other time – in a country which was founded on Christian beliefs and values (Canada and the USA) we have so overcompensated for the benefit of others that we have lost our own identity. This is so sad and so not who we are.

        July 9, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • BermudaTriangle

      I chink your overreacting!

      July 9, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Proud American

      Why should he know better? thats whats wrong with our society. We are quick to pass judgment. I've shared elsewhere that I'm a 38-year old biracial African American / Hispanic with a PhD and I NEVER knew that "chink" was a "bad word". We have slowly eroded freedom of speech in this country. Blacks, hispanic, jews, muslims, whites, christians, atheist, everyone is insulted by words. Please. Lets be more reasonable.

      July 9, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Catherine

    I'll grant that this was a poorly chosen word. But I find it amazing that this guy lost his job while a police officer in New Hampshire was photographed kicking at a seated, hand cuffed woman and nothing happened to him. Some how I think we're missing the boat on what our priorities should be.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jax

      Catherine, that police officer was from Rhode Island. The kick in the face happened in 2009 and 6 years earlier he beat up a child and tax payers paid for that... by settling an undisclosed amt in a lawsuit.

      As for the word Chink...

      http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/chink

      July 9, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jax

      December 18, 2009 3:52 pm
      By Thomas J. Morgan

      PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence County Grand Jury on Friday indicted a Lincoln police officer on a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon - his foot - after he allegedly kicked a woman in the face.

      Michael J. Healey, spokesman for Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch, said the woman was seated on a curb with her hands cuffed behind her back at the time. He said she had been taken into custody on a charge of disorderly conduct in a bar at Twin River Casino on May 31.

      According to a news release issued by the Lincoln police, Krawetz was suspended without pay and he has not returned to duty since then.
      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

      Six years ago, the town settled out of court on claim filed by a teenager that Krawetz had struck him and damaged his teeth during an arrest. The teenager was later cleared of charges of assault and resisting arrest. The amount of the settlement was not disclosed

      Krawetz, 40, of 429 River Rd., Lincoln, is to be arraigned in Providence County Superior Court on Jan. 6. He has been with the department for 12½ years, according to Lincoln police Capt. Raymond Bousquet.

      July 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Pat F

    Back when I was a journalist, writers didn't write headlines – editors did. Is this guy being fed to the wolves for something he didn't even do?

    July 9, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Carla

    I am so sick and tired of everything, and I mean everything being considered racist. My 16 year old daughter didn't even know that the word "chink" could be considered a racist term for an Asian person. I had to explain this one to her. This man should never have been fired. It's like that woman years ago, who worked for Southwest Airlines. She used the nursery rhyme Eenie, meenie, miney, moe....to advise people to pick a seat. A woman on the plane took offense at they rhyne and sued the carrier. My son at that time had never heard this rhyme used in any form except for, ...."catch a tiger by the toe". I had to explain that one to him back then. Insane, the world has gone insane.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • patrick kunuhlitzky

      Ok your child needed that explained, but no one should have to point out whats offensive to an adult male who is educated. Yes people shouldn't think everything is racist, but you should have the sense to avoid ruining yourself/career.

      July 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will

      You are right! Did he know that wording might cause problems? Maybe... but it's time that we stop over reacting like this. Not everyone is an extreme racist; even if they say something controversial. Hell we ALL do it at some point. People should not take it as personal attacks when they make statements/ judgments based on race too.

      July 9, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • skpfrmdc

      The original saying would have been "...catch a n_____r by the toe." It's the same as picnic an allution to pick a n____r for lynching while having an outdoor meal e.g. "pickaninny". Unfortunate but true. The english language changes in vernacular constantly. "Bootylicious" is now now formally ensconsed in the dictionary, 100 years ago that would've broken some "blue" law somewhere. When I was a kid (in the early '60s calling someone of color "Black" were fighting words). While to us it may seem ridiculous there are still people to whom these terms are repellant. this is a jimmy the Greek moment (google it). Same thing happened to him. Gotta keep up things change every minute now.

      July 9, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Logic

    Probably not racist, but I would discipline him and his editor for being incompetent by not seeing the potential problem. Maybe firing him was a bit harsh, but it's not my business.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Baldenario

    "Chink in the armor" is correct English, and it has nothing to do with people of Asian ancestry. The word "chink" has been used this way since the Middle Ages, over half a millennia ago . . .

    Look it up in a dictionary . . .

    There is a slang usage, but it is tertiary or quaternary at best . . .

    One might hope that professional writers would devote a bit of attention to studying dictionaries, but there are a lot of words that have multiple definitions . . .

    What about a headline for Connie Chung switching channels and becoming anchorwoman for a news team ("Chung Brings New Slant to Evening News") or a story on brain injuries sustained by professional boxers ("Mohammad Ali: The Dark Side of Boxing")?

    You might want to revisit those word choices, but this is one of the reasons there are EDITORS . . .

    But what has happened at the dawn of the early-21st century is that sneaky weasel, penny pinching media organizations are giving all their editors pink slips based on the patently goofy belief that writers will be fine without the help and guidance of editors, and the consequences are nonsense like this . . .

    To be as precise as possible, there is a difference in (a) "chink in the armor" and (b) "chink in the locker room", where the latter clearly is offensive in this context, but the former is appropriate historically based specifically on using it with "armor", really . . .

    Really! :-o

    July 9, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      I had always heard the term as "a kink in the armor". Armor was made of chains and they easily kink up. Never heard it used with "Chink". Dumb mistake on his part for using it incorrectly.

      July 9, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  80. JoAnne

    Someone who is a writer at ESPN is obviously (or supposedly) intelligent, well-read, and "aware", meaning has insight into modern written expression. For him to be oblivious to the racial slur just because he uses that expression is obtuse and unforgivable- as well as unbelievable. He probably figured he was immune to backlash because he's with ESPN and has an obviously large ego. As a parent of a young professional man myself, his parents are obtuse to defend him so naiively and wholeheartedly- unless they are as unaware as he was.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba

      Methinks you are the one most aptly characterized as obtuse; it's a word, nothing racial about it. Being the son of immigrants myself I understand slurs. But I've watched people become increasingly wont to trip over themselves over the years to be politically correct. We should all learn to take things with a grain of salt. If you were Chinese I'd say you had a gripe, but I doubt you are.

      July 9, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • dangle13x

      You are so clueless. Why don't you pull out your thesaurus and adjectivize me for being so obtuse. Moron.

      July 9, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dee G

      Unforgiveable???? ARe you serious??? See, it's people like you that cause problems in this world! There was absolutely nothing wrong with what he wrote, what IS wrong is how people like YOU think.

      July 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      Do you have a crystal ball? Come on, look at the comment right above your post, everything is a racist remark now days! Look up the word niggardly. I don't use this word in my vocab just because of the ignorant backlash I would face for using it. We were once a country with thick skin and now anything can be construed as an insult, just plain sad.

      July 9, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Yes, so unforgivable. Maybe we should just have him arrested, or shot, hanged, taken taken to a work camp, etc! Really, this is the stupidest sounding set of posts I've read in a while. Someone made a mistake. Big deal, can we move on with our lives and let him move on with his. To be fired over 1 word is more unforgivable than what he did. Maybe he should know better, maybe not, but come on, unforgivable, I don't think so! What's unforgivable is the way people are treating him without even finding out what was behind it and whether or not it was intentional. We all make mistakes and when we discover themm we should appologize and move on and others should forgive us for those. Sometimes people make much bigger mistakes that are more difficult to forgive (like hitting someone with a car for example) but this one was just simple words. Can't we all just get along?

      July 9, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Big Wok Way

    I hate it when my drink is a little gooky, don't you? It's all thick and hard to drink. I sometimes give it to the coons to drink...they always come out of the forest looking for a hand out.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Nathan Newman

    As an editor, if he was that clueless its the wrong job for him.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Ralph

    Swaztikas are 3000 year old religious symbols; but I would certainly hesitate in festooning it all over the walls of a Jewish neighborhood in the claim of religious freedom. Why? Because of the history of antisemitism that was also associated with it. Likewise, I'm not going to choose to use the word niggardly, despite the fact that it is a legitimate word, within earshot of African Americans because of the phonic similarity to a racist Anti-African American term. Why, because my choice of that word may be looked upon with negative suspicion as to my racial intent, to the point that it then becomes a distraction from my message. Thus, while Federico may or may not have had any racist intent in the use of that term, it was really immaterial in the long run as his choice of words has taken on a whole new meaning; ie a distraction from his message.

    Hence, he was fired because of his inability to immediately recognize that use of such a term in the proximity of an Asian, especially one who is Chinese, would cause almost reflexive negative suspicion of his motivations within the Asian community. His lack of forethought and apparent lack of worldliness or sensitivity rendered him as a liability for any company that has to maintain a huge public face. While firing him may have seemed unfair, it was a necessary and effective firewall for damage control in a multi-million dollar company; else, his continued employment would have been a public relations disaster for ESPN.

    This wasn't just any simple mess up, but one that was felt at the corporate level. THAT's why he was let go.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alan

      So therefore, management at CNN have no backbone. Additionally, do they not check and approve content they broadcast...they should all be fired.

      July 9, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sue

      Very well-said. That's exactly why he has to be let go. Yes, "chink in the armor" is a phrase in standard English, but no, you should not use it when discussing a Chinese on a reputable social media as ESPN.

      July 9, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  84. mandoman

    Give me a break ! It seems there are a lot of people out there with "chinks in their armor" such that they become offended when some uses standard English phrasing and words with more than four letters. "Chink in the Armor" has been around about as long as - well Armor! I think all you folks out there with English as a second language need to go back to school for a little remedial work and stop trying to find ridiculous Cause célèbre.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Peter

    I am afraid to speak aloud in this country anymore.No matter what is said, someone will take offense.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  86. reader10

    Calling somebody eggroll is that racist?

    July 9, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Anomic Office Drone

    If I had read the article or seen the headline, I wouldn't have thought of it as racist, but maybe that's why I'm not an editor. Someone should have caught this.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Bill Kilpatrick

    I have no way of knowing this guy's intent. On its face, it looks like an obviously flippant use of double entendre, the kind that ought to get you fired. But who knows?

    What ought to be obvious is the stupidity of using the word "chink" in referencing a person of Asian heritage. The idea that this guy, as a professional writer, didn't see an issue is remarkable. I'd probably fire him on that basis alone.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      How old are you? When was the last time that you heard a 20 something use the word "chink" to describe someone of asian heritage? I'm sure the word is a double entendre to a racist but, unless your point is that the author IS a racist, it's not...it's just unfortunate. Otherwise, by your standard mistakes are punishable by termination in this economy...nice. Would that your job should be so unforgiving.

      July 9, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • ajg

      Bill Kilpatrick, I find your use of double entrendre an offensive slam (pun intended) on french doors everwhere!

      As an aside, I wonder if there's any real news going on today?

      July 9, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • steph

      I am a journalist, and on that front agree this is a giant gaffe, but there's no way I can conceive this guy meant it intentionally. It would be tantamount to: "here's my job, and my reputation, and possibly my legacy," here you go!! It was probably an unintended mistake, which deserves a "Hey dumba*s" talking-to, but as a PRINT journalist I can tell everyone out there that we're required to write instant electronic headlines, on deadline, and many times without even one editor looking over our shoulders. It's a ridiculous way to disseminate news that in this global Web culture goes all over the world instantly. But, if you complain about it you're not a team player (no bad pun intended there). I suppose some people would say, so ok go get another job in another industry, which this guy obviously may have to do. However, most of us love the job, so we do the best we can and get beaten up by bloggers. Just because they're ESPN doesn't mean they don't have the same kind of infrastructure and can't blow it.

      To the person who scolded his parents for defending him, I'm speechless. What else would you have them do? Throw him under the bus? They're his parents. And I think they're kind of brave for exposing themselves to this type of criticism. Maybe you could infer he wasn't cognizant of the phrase because he has thoughtful parents who never used words like that in the house. The only thing I would say is that I'm puzzled he wouldn't respond and/or apologize. But being in the business, the conventional wisdom is that you never repeat the substance of a mistake if you make a mistake, even in the context of a correction. Not always easy to do. I would think this would be an exception. I wonder how the player feels about it?

      July 9, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Jimbo

    I DEMAND "SPIC AND SPAN" CLEANSER BE TAKEN OFF THE MARKET FOR RACISM. LOL

    July 9, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • R

      Don't forget "Spade". And don't refer to that dog as a bitch, someone will take offence. It seems like a problem of New Speak to me; the more everyone is obsessing over such little non-issues, the less they will be noticing more important things. Pathetic really.

      July 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Nunya

    Give me a break. If he uses this term often in such a situation, as he indicated (and which could be verified independently), then the overwhelming odds are that he used it just as he would have for any other player of any ethnicity. 'Chink' is a word which is used far more often in its non-offensive senses that it is used in its slang offensive sense. (Do *you* think about all alternate meanings of every word you use?) This is very different from something like 'n*g*er', which really has only offensive usage these days.

    If this is the case, then the fact that he didn't think about it being a slur against Lin would be a *testament* to his not thinking about the ethnicity of the player in question. Whether the super-fanatical PC police ike it or not, there are those of us out here who absolutely do not think about what race people are when we are conversing, because in fact we *do* treat all people the same and hold everyone to the same standard regardless of race. Doing so holds potential pitfalls like this where a perfectly fine word which also happens to have an alternate use as an epithet. When one runs afoul of such a pitfall, one apologizes for any pain that anyone felt and makes clear that it was inadvertent – and the rest of your life makes clear that your apology is sincere.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      Right on!

      July 9, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lee

      Why would one want to apologize for someone else's pettiness?
      If someone is that sensitive they should just stay home.
      Lee

      July 9, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Mark

    It’s amazing to me how this guy has the stones to play the victim in this situation! Unless he’s been living under a rock his whole life, how can he possibly think his headline was not racist? My take is that he completely understood he was writing a headline with racial undertones, but figured that he would just get a pass; after all, he’s using a commonly used metaphor that he uses all the time. Way to be creative Anthony, for that you’ll forever be known as the racist editor that got fired from ESPN! Maybe he should have gone with headline option 2, “Anyone Surprised JLin Can’t Drive to The Baseket?” At least this one doesn’t have a racial slur in it! He’s clearly more upset over the fact that his career at ESPN is over, rather than what he wrote. Reality check Anthony, there’s a reason why this blew up in your face! And know that of all the hate email you regard as “pure ugliness” pales in comparison to how ugly your headline was! I really hope he changes as a person. He is lucky that Jeremy Lin showed him some grace in this situation.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesse

      Agree completely!

      July 9, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • lvg82648

      Did Mark say "stones", did he say "pales", did he say " living under a rock", did he spell "baseket", did he say clearly, was he reading the mind of the editor in his words? I am offended, Mark should be fired from whatever he does.

      July 9, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimson

      Mark, I get it. You said he can't drive to the basket, because asians are known for their inability to drive, right? Funny . . .

      July 9, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • @Mark, you are stupid

      If he used the example you provided he'd still be considered a racist....have you ever heard that Asains can't drive either. He's used the term before, give it a rest you PC police.

      July 9, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • BobC

      II think you are expressing far more anger than the misguided editor.

      July 9, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • lucyl15

      The expression is in no way racist. It's a commonly used, legitimate expression going back to medieval times. What is racist (and if I may say paranoid) is being ready to immediately cry racism where there is none. If the title of the same article would have been perfectly appropriate and acceptable had it been about a non-asian, that alone is evidence that the author was treating Lin the same as he would anyone else. This was a case of PC run amok.

      July 9, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  92. sqeptiq

    The PC police are coming to get you. Hundreds of years of development of the english language overturned by tender "sensibilities."

    July 9, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  93. @$$ Backwards

    No, the expression "chink in the armor" is not racist but it's questionable if he was intentionaly using it as a pun. He must of never known "chink" is a derogatory word also, in which case makes him very ignorant. Maybe he didnt notice the double meaning in this expression when talking about a Chinese guy but I doubt a so called journalist would of missed that. I bet he thought it was ok because all the news outlets were having a field day on the borderline offensive asian jokes. I am still shocked by all of it and this idiot crossed the line when he tried to one up everyone with his headline and there were consequences. SNL did a good spoof on the backwards nature of the news outlets going to town on the linsanity band wagon. What I got out of all that linsanity crap was that is was ok to stereotype asians and make jokes but not with the blacks because black jokes are so taboo and is a very sensitive issue in the U.S.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  94. patrick

    He should've never been fired but then all the PC wackos would come out of the woodwork! I am a union offical and you should see when I have a case involving 2 gays or 2 lesbians at work, all involving each other! ESPN go scratch, and give him his job back!

    July 9, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Troy

    What IS it with this country? So, you have to know every racial slur so that you don't use it. Not only that, but it is next to impossible to have a real conversation about racism with anyone. America needs to stop being a bunch of whiney cry babies and solve the problem(s) at hand without needing to be bottle fed an ego stroke.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • get real

      Amen, whoops I didn't offend any religious zealots did I

      July 9, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  96. guest314

    If we'll forgive Vick for dog killing, I think we can let this one slide, y'all...

    July 9, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • objectivemind

      The author is biased when he writes in the photo caption: unintentionally

      "Former ESPN.com writer Anthony Federico's life changed after he unintentionally wrote a headline many perceived to be racist."

      July 9, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  97. ObamaJoe

    ==
    Yes,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,there is a possibility,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,he did it purposely,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,for his own fame,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, by MF a rising star

    ========Alex

    You people really think he wasn't aware of what he was doing? How naive can you be? He clearly thought he was being clever. If he had any sense, he would have owned up to it and apologized. Then again, if he had any sense, he wouldn't have said it in the first place.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Or.... maybe he just isn't as butthurt about words as most people nowdays. Maybe people need some thicker skin, and get over it.

      You have to have quite the complex if a word really offends or hurts you.

      July 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Mona

    It was racist. It was wrong and ignorant. Learn from it and move on. It should not be a career ender nor the cause of hate and attack for his family. How do we progress as a society and as folks living on the same streets, towns and communities if we can't discuss stuff and argue some and then move on.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      OK, it is a VERY common phrase that means the discovery of a weakness. If it had been used to describe a weakness in Brian Westbrook's game then no one would bat an eye. It is unfortunate he did not think about the racial connotation of the word but since the phrase is so common (and the word has two completely separate meanings) then I think we can give him the benefit of the doubt.

      July 9, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • Lalola

        @Aaron, but because he is Asian, he should have used a different word! That's the whole problem there!

        July 9, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      OK, it is a VERY common phrase that means the discovery of a weakness. If it had been used to describe a weakness in Brian Westbrook's game then no one would bat an eye. It is unfortunate he did not think about the racial connotation of the word but since the phrase is so common (and the word has two completely separate meanings) then I think we can give him the benefit of the doubt.

      July 9, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • Lalola

        @Aaron and all the other's that think it's an OK word to use, it doesn't matter what the definition in the Webster's or whatever dictionary you choose to use, it's a slang word to describe an Asian, not in a nice way! He could have chosen a different word!

        July 9, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Columbia54

      Prove it. Prove he meant it as a racial slur. Go on, tramp all over the Constitution. Fascist.

      July 9, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Columbia54

      Mona, it was not wrong, nor was it racist, nor was it ignorant. The phrase was used correctly. Go read a book and learn something before you judge other people.

      July 9, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Chris

    I want Nabisco to be fined and all its employees tarred and feathered - Saltine CRACKERS are offensive and obviously racist!

    July 9, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Megagene

    Oh please.

    Next thing we'll see is a story about a community out reach program planting gardens in abandoned lots in run down parts of town. "Local group picks up shovel and spade for community" And with it a picture of the community leaders a white man and a black man. Oh my God RACISM! Don't you see! They were calling that black man a spade! FIRE FIRE FIRE!.

    The guys past articles used "chink in the armor" when a player seemed to be the weak link. Yes, I hate to tell you, but words do have two meanings. And it seems pretty ridiculous to think that just because one is used poorly that no one will ever use a common word like chink ever again.

    Editor really should have caught the correlation here. But that guy should not have been fired.

    July 9, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lalola

      @Shane here is the definition of Wetback
      "Wetback is a derogatory term used to describe Mexicans who have immigrated illegally to the United States by swimming or wading across the Rio Grande–the river that separates the U.S. from Mexico. U.S. Border Patrol began using the word in 1944 to refer to illegal Mexican immigrants who were easily identifiable by their wet clothing.
      Chink
      Chink is considered a racist term by Asian people. Chink is called to someone who is chinese or chinese look-alike(from other asian countries). Generaly you hear this word on roads or highways from angry drivers who just missed on getting an accident.

      N-Word definition

      nigger 5605 up, 1729 down
      A term used to describe a black person, who is stereotypically considered bad, poor, lazy, addict or criminal. This term was first used during the period when blacks were descriminated against and used as slaves. The white people would yell at them and call them a "filthy nigger" when they were slacking of while working out on the fields. This is why the word is so frowned upon today, because blacks feel they are losing their sense of control and being descriminated against just like those hard times. It is considered a racial crime when a white person uses the word nigger, but it is fine if a black person says the word. If the use of the word nigger wants to be banned then everyone will have to stop using the word, including black people themselves. It is interesting because when a white person says this word they are put into court against racial crimes, but if a black person would call a white person a term that is equivalent in descrimination as the word nigger nothing would happen to them.

      July 9, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
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