The latest installment in a series we like to call "Stay classy, New York Post!"
It used to be, you always count on the New York Post for a classic racist dog-whistle. A "race hustler" here, a "welfare queen" there. But hey, times change, we evolve, and the Post is evolving, too: Now it's just straight-out using racial slurs.
Here's part of today's sports column from Phil Mushnick:
As long as the Nets are allowing Jay-Z to call their marketing shots — what a shock that he chose black and white as the new team colors to stress, as the Nets explained, their new “urban” home — why not have him apply the full Jay-Z treatment?
Why the Brooklyn Nets when they can be the New York N------s? The cheerleaders could be the Brooklyn B----hes or Hoes. Team logo? A 9 mm with hollow-tip shell casings strewn beneath. Wanna be Jay-Z hip? Then go all the way!
Just to reiterate: The thing that inspired Mushnick's outrage? A basketball logo. (And a boring basketball logo, at that.) Also, what's with the scare-quotes around "urban"?
Mushnick's defenders will undoubtedly claim that, hey, he wasn't saying those things, he was implying rappers say those things. Which: no. Mushnick saw that the Nets were involved with Jay-Z, and what did he see? Not a husband, not a father, not a musician, not a millionaire, not a part-owner of the team — in other words, not anything that Jay-Z actually is.
Instead, he saw a criminal.
Post-racial America, what a place!
UPDATE: Predictably, Mushnick is now telling us who the real racists are and, also predictably, none of them are him.