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Jeremy Lin ESPN racial slur blasted by Judy Chu
The Politico ^ | 2/21/12 | MACKENZIE WEINGER

Posted on 02/21/2012 10:23:42 AM PST by Impala64ssa

Rep. Judy Chu on Monday slammed the racial slur used in an ESPN headline about NBA phenom Jeremy Lin, saying she did not believe the phrase “chink in the armor” was an innocent mistake.

The California Democrat said on MSNBC that the headline on the Saturday story about the New York Knicks’s breakout star was “appalling and offensive.” The writer’s word choice, Chu said, was intentional.

I think that the use of the term is appalling and offensive,” she said on MSNBC. “The ‘c’ word is for Asian Americans like the ‘n’ word is for African Americans.”

ESPN Editor Anthony Federico, who was fired Sunday, told the New York Daily News that his headline — “Chink in the Armor: Jeremy Lin’s 9 Turnovers Cost Knicks in Streak-Snapping Loss to Hornets” — had “nothing to do with me being cute or punny.”

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

Meanwhile, Lin weighed in during an interview on Sunday, saying he did not believe the headline was intentionally written to reference the racial slur.

“I don’t think it was on purpose or whatever, but they have apologized and so from my end I don’t care anymore,” Lin said. “Have to learn to forgive and I don’t even think that was intentional. Or hopefully not.”

Federico told the Daily News he had used the phrase hundreds of times in headlines over the years, a fact Chu called “extremely sad.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; chinkinarmor; chuonthis; nbajeremylin; notracism
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I guess Anthony Federico ain't got a Chinaman's chance of getting his job back. DOH!
1 posted on 02/21/2012 10:23:52 AM PST by Impala64ssa
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To: Impala64ssa

It’s only an offensive term to those who don’t have an expansive vocabulary.


2 posted on 02/21/2012 10:25:37 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Impala64ssa

Does “u” = “ink” in Cantonese?


3 posted on 02/21/2012 10:26:20 AM PST by MIchaelTArchangel (Romney ruined Massachusetts. Now he wants to ruin the nation.)
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To: Jonty30

I personally take great offense at that pugnacious leprechaun logo used by the Notre Dame Fighting Irish...


4 posted on 02/21/2012 10:27:06 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Impala64ssa

I thought the ‘c’ word was something else entirely. Well, learn something new everyday


5 posted on 02/21/2012 10:27:10 AM PST by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
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To: Impala64ssa

A California Democrat trying to stir the racial pot?

I’m shocked, shocked I tell you ....


6 posted on 02/21/2012 10:27:27 AM PST by canuck_conservative
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To: Impala64ssa

Oh thank gawd, we found something that would offend someone. Let’s write a story about it.


7 posted on 02/21/2012 10:28:15 AM PST by Tenacious 1 (Fact (by liberal definition): A rationalized logic or truth that we get lots of people to believe)
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To: Jonty30

So its only offensive to stupid people?


8 posted on 02/21/2012 10:29:20 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
I personally take great offense at that pugnacious leprechaun logo used by the Notre Dame Fighting Irish...

I feel ya. Have you seen that angry white shirtless redneck holding a sledgehammer that Purdue uses as their mascott?

9 posted on 02/21/2012 10:30:19 AM PST by Tenacious 1 (Fact (by liberal definition): A rationalized logic or truth that we get lots of people to believe)
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To: Impala64ssa

I think it was intentional. I’d also bet that this guy voted for Obama. That said, we are “tolerating”, “diversity” and “politically correcting” ourselves into a point where no one will ever utter a word about anyone ever. No opinions. No “constructive critisism”. No “feedback” of any kind.


10 posted on 02/21/2012 10:30:24 AM PST by albie
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To: NativeSon

“I thought the ‘c’ word was something else entirely. Well, learn something new everyday”

Hmmmm, and would Judy Chu be the daily double?


11 posted on 02/21/2012 10:30:34 AM PST by brownsfan (Aldous Huxley and Mike Judge were right.)
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To: Impala64ssa
I’m so sorry if I offended Jeremy,” he said.

Given Jeremy Lin's own blog as a kid was called ChinkBaller, I dont think he lost any sleep over this.
12 posted on 02/21/2012 10:30:50 AM PST by Daus
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To: Impala64ssa
In before this guy.....



13 posted on 02/21/2012 10:31:53 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This mean Liberals and/or Libertarians (Same Thing) NO LIBS.))
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To: Impala64ssa

Does “u” = “ink” in Cantonese?


14 posted on 02/21/2012 10:32:50 AM PST by MIchaelTArchangel (Romney ruined Massachusetts. Now he wants to ruin the nation.)
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To: Impala64ssa

Does “u” = “ink” in Cantonese?


15 posted on 02/21/2012 10:32:53 AM PST by MIchaelTArchangel (Romney ruined Massachusetts. Now he wants to ruin the nation.)
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To: albie
Read somewhere...or maybe I heard it....That the guy has used that phrase many times in print....speaking about all colors of folks.

FWIW-

16 posted on 02/21/2012 10:34:24 AM PST by Osage Orange (A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory.)
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To: Daus
HA!!

Love it!!

17 posted on 02/21/2012 10:35:41 AM PST by Osage Orange (A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory.)
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To: Daus
Given Jeremy Lin's own blog as a kid....

I suddenly feel old when reading about someone's blog when he was a kid.

Time to grab my shaking cane and yell at some kids to get off my lawn.

18 posted on 02/21/2012 10:35:41 AM PST by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: Impala64ssa
I first learned the word "chink" during a study of Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice.

I was a freshman in high school.

19 posted on 02/21/2012 10:36:01 AM PST by HIDEK6
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

Chu is NARAL and supports the one-child policy and wants to bring it to America. So the C-word for her is Commie-Judy.

And her district is majority Latino. Go figure.


20 posted on 02/21/2012 10:38:08 AM PST by campaignPete R-CT (and I went to southern Maine to campaign against MITT.)
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To: Impala64ssa
I hope he didn't use it because he thought it was cute to use the term "chink" with a double-meaning. Assuming he didn't, it's a common phrase.

Federico told the Daily News he had used the phrase hundreds of times in headlines over the years, a fact Chu called “extremely sad.”

What is extremely sad is that apparently Chu is not aware of english idioms, and so because of her ignorance she is unnecessarily offended by a phrase that is an idiom for a flaw in something otherwise well-suited for a task, with "chink" having a real-world definition of "crack or fissure".

What's really funny is that the 2nd guy, who was suspended for saying the same thing on-air, is actually married to an asian woman.

What's really sad is that, in order to avoid being "offensive", you apparently are supposed to take a person's ethnicity and color into account whenever you say anything, to make sure that a well-known idiom might not accidentally offend the wrong people.

It is hard to respect people when you have to watch out to not offend them all the time.

21 posted on 02/21/2012 10:38:27 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Impala64ssa

It’s seems like a pretty slippery slope.


22 posted on 02/21/2012 10:39:00 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: Impala64ssa
>>>“I don’t think it was on purpose or whatever, but they have apologized and so from my end I don’t care anymore,” Lin said. “Have to learn to forgive and I don’t even think that was intentional. Or hopefully not.”

Federico told the Daily News he had used the phrase hundreds of times in headlines over the years, a fact Chu called “extremely sad.”<<<

The contrast is remarkable. Jeremy Lin, an intelligent, devout Christian, is forgiving, gives others the benefit of the doubt and moves on.

Rep Chu, Democrat, is unforgiving, looking for offense and stunningly ignorant.

I could understand people getting upset about Federico using the common phrase “chink in the armor” in the context of talking about Jeremy Lin making a bunch of turnovers in a Knick loss. It was either intentional or very stupid.

However, for her to say it is “extremely sad” that Federico used the phrase hundreds of times in the past (presumably in situations that had nothing to do with any Chinese people) is moronic.

It is a very common phrase, that has been used for hundreds of years, with no racial connotation at all.

23 posted on 02/21/2012 10:40:26 AM PST by Above My Pay Grade
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To: driftdiver

The term chink means a crack, cleft, or fissure: a chink in a wall.

www.dictionary.com

It’s not just a term that is slang against Chinese people.

So yes, it is offensive only to stupid people. :)


24 posted on 02/21/2012 10:40:53 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: KarlInOhio
suddenly feel old when reading about someone's blog when he was a kid.

Heh... Yep. To think people in their 20's have no concept of a world without the internet is pretty bizarre.

The media sat on this... Deapspin put it out there, but no one picked up on it once he locked down this account.

ChinkBalla
25 posted on 02/21/2012 10:41:25 AM PST by Daus
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To: albie

>> That said, we are “tolerating”, “diversity” and “politically correcting” ourselves into a point where no one will ever utter a word about anyone ever.

I agree. I know that *I* have certainly become niggardly with expressing my own opinions, criticism and feedback. :-)


26 posted on 02/21/2012 10:43:02 AM PST by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Nervous Tick

How long until asians complain about the need for affirmative action in the NBA? This PC bullshit needs to stop.


27 posted on 02/21/2012 10:45:52 AM PST by bigdirty
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To: AppyPappy
German Engineering: An advertising slogan.
African Engineering: A racial slur.

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World!

28 posted on 02/21/2012 10:46:13 AM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: NativeSon
I thought the ‘c’ word was something else entirely. Well, learn something new everyday

Is the "c" word "Chu"?

29 posted on 02/21/2012 10:46:48 AM PST by MIchaelTArchangel (Romney ruined Massachusetts. Now he wants to ruin the nation.)
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To: Impala64ssa

Late night comedians have been making a lot of jokes about Lin that they would NEVER make about a black player.

Things like “Lin is proving that some Asians can drive”.

Funny, but imagine Leno or Letterman making an equivalent joke about a black player, whether it be a reference to dancing or watermelons.

There would be a huge outcry.


30 posted on 02/21/2012 10:50:22 AM PST by Retired Greyhound (.)
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To: Impala64ssa

Dude should have known better than to use that terminology as sensitive people are now days. BTW, does Jeremy Lin have a Green Card?


31 posted on 02/21/2012 10:52:30 AM PST by no dems (How did we end up with such an inferior GOP slate of candidates for President this year?)
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To: Impala64ssa

I guess it is a good thing that Federico was niggardly with his words and didn’t mention the weather by saying there was a little nip in the air or the wop wop wop of the basketball against the hardwood floor when the chink in jeremy’s armor was exposed.


32 posted on 02/21/2012 10:54:16 AM PST by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to preserve it.)
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To: Jonty30

I believe the upset critics are really saying that they are not very well read and have never heard of a dictionary. They seem to have a very large “chink” in their vocabulary.

chink 1 |CHiNGk|
noun
a narrow opening or crack, typically one that admits light: a chink in the curtains.
• a narrow beam or patch of light admitted by such an opening: I noticed a chink of light under the door.
PHRASES
a chink in someone’s armor a weak point in someone’s character, arguments, or ideas, making them vulnerable to attack or criticism.
ORIGIN mid 16th cent.: related to chine2.
chink 2 |CHiNGk|
verb
make or cause to make a light and high-pitched ringing sound, as of glasses or coins striking together: [ no obj. ] : the chain joining the handcuffs chinked | [ with obj. ] : they chinked glasses and kissed.
noun
a high-pitched ringing sound: the chink of glasses.
ORIGIN late 16th cent.: imitative.
Chink |CHiNGk|
noun informal, offensive
a Chinese person.
ORIGIN late 19th cent.: irregular formation from China.


33 posted on 02/21/2012 10:55:43 AM PST by GOYAKLA (Recall/ Impeachment Day, November 6, 2012. FUBO)
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To: Jonty30

Its also a derogatory term, which is the context for its use in this case.

Only stupid people would have a problem understanding.


34 posted on 02/21/2012 10:56:02 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Impala64ssa

I wonder what Al Sharpton thinks about Carmelo Anthony’s niggardly approach to passing the basketball?


35 posted on 02/21/2012 10:57:08 AM PST by Batman11 (Obama's poll numbers are so low the Kenyans are claiming he was born in the USA!)
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To: Impala64ssa

They need to NIP this in the bud right now!


36 posted on 02/21/2012 10:57:28 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Common sense isn't a blessing. It's a curse because you have to deal with those who don't have it.)
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To: bigdirty

Not using derogatory racial terms is not PC.


37 posted on 02/21/2012 10:58:47 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: no dems

“does Jeremy Lin have a Green Card?”

He was born in California.


38 posted on 02/21/2012 10:59:57 AM PST by Batman11 (Obama's poll numbers are so low the Kenyans are claiming he was born in the USA!)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

I take the 5th!


39 posted on 02/21/2012 11:00:43 AM PST by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
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To: Impala64ssa

Political Correctness strikes again and it continues to swirl our country down into the toilet.


40 posted on 02/21/2012 11:01:13 AM PST by b4its2late (Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the former.)
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To: Jonty30

I don’t know whether anyone should be offended by the term or not. But I do know it was a manifestly stupid thing for these journalists to do. Using the word “chink” in a headline about a Chinese person is an instant ticket to the unemployment line. There might be many, many people out there with niggardly attitudes, but if I were a journalist I would think it suicide to put that word in a headline about a black person.


41 posted on 02/21/2012 11:01:13 AM PST by sand lake bar (You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.)
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To: Impala64ssa
Rep. Chu, if we want your opinion, we'll give it to you.
42 posted on 02/21/2012 11:01:41 AM PST by Niteranger68 (When voting, if you are not willing to work in the kitchen, order from the menu.)
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To: Batman11; no dems
He was born in California.

That should necessitate a Green Card.

43 posted on 02/21/2012 11:06:54 AM PST by Retired Greyhound (.)
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To: Batman11

My understanding of Rev. Al is he considers Camelo a Shining example of find character!


44 posted on 02/21/2012 11:07:00 AM PST by GOYAKLA (Recall/ Impeachment Day, November 6, 2012. FUBO)
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To: driftdiver

From what I understand from the article, the word wasn’t being applied in a negative way.

If the team, Jeremy Lin was playing, had a strong defense, but Jeremy was able to bypass that to score some baskets, he found a chink in their armor.

I don’t think that’s an offensive way to put that. The fact that he’s Asian is irrelevant.

The left wants to control the language so they can control you.

And you are letting them control you, so congratulations on being a lefty toady.


45 posted on 02/21/2012 11:08:19 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: no dems

No, he doesn’t. Why would he need one having been born in los Angeles and raised in Palo Alto?


46 posted on 02/21/2012 11:13:26 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Why would he need one having been born in los Angeles and raised in Palo Alto?

Well, you practically need a Green Card to go to those places.

47 posted on 02/21/2012 11:15:03 AM PST by Retired Greyhound (.)
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To: Jonty30

The term ‘chink’ has been a derogatory term for a long long time. Its essentially fallen out of use as anything but a derogatory term. The only reason they used the term is because it referenced an Asian.

Nobody is controlling me. I dislike racism regardless of who it originates from. That you make excuses and attempt to twist out of your obvious racism just speaks to your lack of integrity.


48 posted on 02/21/2012 11:15:36 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Retired Greyhound

“He was born in California.
That should necessitate a Green Card.”

Ha! Excellent point!


49 posted on 02/21/2012 11:17:10 AM PST by Batman11 (Obama's poll numbers are so low the Kenyans are claiming he was born in the USA!)
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To: Impala64ssa

Lin seems to be a nice guy. He is the C-word version of the media obsession with the football guy ... you know who I mean.

He’s not offended. I’m not offended. People are too easily offended.

Forget it.

I do resent the implication in the story that there was an overwhelming defeat of the Mavericks. they led much of the way; had a breakdown in the third quarter that allowed the Knicks to get back in and win by 6 or 7 points. Duh.


50 posted on 02/21/2012 11:19:20 AM PST by altura
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