Broken Pencils are Pointless

By Eric D. Graham BASN columnist
Updated: May 16, 2012

NORTH CAROLINA (BASN)—There’s a new controversy brewing in Brooklyn and it doesn’t involve the murder of the Notorious B-I-G.

This new rap beef is between Shawn Carter aka Jay-Z and NY Post Sports Columnist Phil Mushnick, who went on a “Don Imus” type rant in his latest article on the New Jersey Nets’ decision to give Jay-Z creative control of its new Brooklyn Nets logo, which many people felt was unimpressive to say the least.

Mushnick critique of Mr. Carter’s design, however, went beyond fashion. It, in fact, revealed the “darker side” of Mushnick’s personality or should I say the “whiter side” of his personality.

“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?” wrote Mushnick, who has been a TV/Radio columnist since 1982 and joined the NY Post in 1973. .

Why [be] the Brooklyn Nets when they can be the New York N—–s? The cheerleaders could be the Brooklyn B—hes or H-s. Team logo? A 9 mm with hollow-tip shell casings strewn beneath,” Mushnick foolishly stated.

“If you Wanna be Jay-Z. Then go all the way!”

Despite Mushnick harsh words, this was just another classic example of a grumpy old white man speaking his racist views.

This, however, is nothing new.

But the question remains, should Mushnick, who covers the Nets, the Rangers and New York Cosmos be fired for expressing his opinion?

In my opinion, NO!!

Mushnick shouldn’t be fired.

He’s a columnist, who gets paid for his opinions, regardless of how inflammatory his words maybe.

Besides, I’m a strong component of freedom of speech.

Even Jay-Z , who undeniably, is the greatest MC in the world, has willfully or unwillingfully offended someone in the past, present and probably in the near future, if he continues to rap.

Plus, all writers walk a very thin line between telling the truth and offending its readers or listeners.

But, this latest situation involving Mushnick, is obviously not one of them.

Besides, nobody wants to live in a world, where the thought police are checking everybody’s twits, e-mails, Face book accounts, rap sheet and news paper columns for things that others may have deemed inappropriate.

This was made evident in the recent Ozzie Gullien “I love Castro comments” that created a media monster in Miami, in which Gullien was suspended for seven games by Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and forced to apologize for his opinions, especially to the Little Havana community in Miami, where the Marlin’s stadium is strategically built.

Gullien’s comments and Mushnick’s editorial, of course, are totally different.

But, the backlash, maybe the same.

In other words, there will probably be a protest with demonstrators with pick-signs outside the NY Post and the demand for Mushnick’s resignation, in which he will probably appear in front of the press with a well-written statement apologizing for his article, while trying to explain “what he really was trying to say.”

But this level of censorship with the idea of placing people in handcuffs and throwing them in jail or firing them from their jobs is very dangerous.

If the columnist, new reporter, or jock shocks have the “balls” enough to say it, let them say it.

If it is offensive, let the public determine it.

But if this is how Mushnick feels, let it be.

Besides, it’s better to know how a person feels about you in public, than to find out later in private.

This goes for Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Dr.Laura Schlesinger, Michael Richards or Don Imus.

As comedian Kevin Hart hilariously says, “Say it with your chest…”

But let’s not forget, this is the same New York Post that published Sean Delonas’s racially insensitive cartoon, which pictured President Obama as a chimpanzee being shot by the NYPD in 2009.

Therefore, we really shouldn’t be surprised that the Post would publish such an offensive article like Mushnick’s without hesitation?

Mushnick’s boldness to disrespect Black people in his writing is just another example how slick journalists continue to devalue us without facing any repercussion. Because if this was any other reporter, who made similar remarks to a “so-called” Jewish entertainer, there would be “Hell to pay.” Whether it was White House correspondent Helen Thomas, Nobel Prize winner Gunter Grass of Germany, former CNN anchorman Rick Sanchez or even Detroit Tigers’ outfielder Delmon Young.

Let’s consider Mushskin’s past article about Delmon Young entitled “Apology’ not enough to let Tigers’ Young off the hook,” in which he wrote…

The apologies ring worthless, as sincere as an exploding cigar, hollow as a sinkhole….. Young has been accused of both racially profiling and assaulting his victim — witnesses claim he was shouting, “F—ing Jews! ….Perhaps a more appropriate action would be to have Young, a power hitter, to write a 500-word essay on the greatest slugger in Tigers history, Hank Greenberg, a “F—ing Jew.”

If Mushkin, wants Young to write a 500 word essay on the greatest slugger in Tiger history, after reading his article about Jay-Z, maybe, he should write a 500 word essay on the African Holocaust and learn who Dr. John Henrye Clark was. And in doing so, learn how to treat Black people with class and dignity while learning what “Anti-Semitism really is.”

But despite all of this brouhaha surrounding his article, my grandma brings some “old-school” clarity to this controversial issue, when she says….”Opinions are like ass-holes. Everyone has one, Ass-hole!”

Case close.

So, Mushnick, remember, broken pencils are pointless.

Just like you.