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A Controversial Conversation with Mister Cooper.
“I will jump that fence and fight every n*gger here.”-Riley Cooper
NORTH CAROLINA (BASN)-Come on people!!
Are we going to have a press conference every time somebody white or Black says the “N”-word?
Seriously, are we going to force all of these Caucasians to give a fake apology like the one Philadelphia Eagles’ wide receiver Riley Cooper recently gave outside of the Eagles’ team training complex, where he said:
“I am so ashamed and disgusted with myself. I want to apologize.”
Honestly, wasn’t the former Food Network’s cooking star Paula Deen’s teary-eyed Today Show apology enough?
I mean, really, this sh*# is starting to get stupid.
We know, or we should know by now, that Big Brother is watching all of us.
And, the NSA is tapping all of our phones and reading all of our e-mails.
So, let’s face those facts first, before we address America’s obsession with the N-word.
First and foremost, nigger is a word and term that is a part of American culture and lexicon.
And metaphysically, has a deeper meaning according to some of those revolutionary scholars rocking the red, black, and green on 125th street in Harlem.
Plus, white people use this word all-time.
They use it in the White House, at home, at work, at school, at the country club, during business meetings, at the lodge, while they’re driving, at church, after church, in the movies, in the press box, on the elevator, during a football game, during concerts, and when they arrest us, kill us, lynch us, rape us, shoot us and laugh at us, whether out loud, in their heads, or in secrecy.
Therefore, we shouldn’t have been shocked and appealed by Riley Cooper’s stumble and bumble -”Smile, you are on Candid Camera” moment when he used the N-word during a heated exchange with an African-American security guard at country singer Kenny Cheney’s concert in Philadelphia on June 9, which was captured and published on CrossingBoard.com.
Cooper, who is the No.2 wide receiver behind Desean Jackson, of course, blamed his usage of the racial epithet on the alcohol.
But, you know what they say, “Alcohol is a truth serum.”
Just ask former ESPN employer Hugh Douglas, who allegedly was inebriated and threatened to beat up his colleague Michael Smith three times Friday night at the House of Blues in Orlando during an event hosted by The National Association of Black Journalists.
Therefore, let the truth be told.
White people use the N-word when they are drunk, when they are not drunk, when they are high, when they are not high, when they are on the Internet, on Face book, on their cell phones, on YouTube, and after the election of an African-American president.
And, at this particular moment, it seems as if Cooper’s teammates have forgiven him for his harsh language, whether it’s real or fake.
“As a teammate, I forgave him. As a team, we forgave him,” says Quarterback Michael Vick, who shockingly hasn’t been forgiven for being a part of a dog-fighting ring by a large section of the United States, which landed him in jail for 23 months with 3 years probation.
Therefore, despite this Kumbaya moment, according to several reports, Michael Vick’s younger brother Marcus, who has had his trouble with the law, tweeted that he’s putting a thousand dollar bounty on Cooper’s head. But after that twit when viral, Michael quickly distanced himself from his brother’s ill-advised twit.
“I don’t agree with what my brother is saying. Riley is still my teammate, and he just stood in front of us as a man and apologized for what he said. My brother has to, you know, not show a certain level of ignorance himself,” says Vick.
Despite Vick’s maturity, Cooper will still be a marked man this year, especially when he goes across the middle this season.
And despite being fined a “sizeable amount” of money by the NFL, attending sensitivity training and counseling for his racial outburst (which lasted only four days), he definitely isn’t cured from the hatred buried deep in his heart.
But, neither is the NFL, for that matter.
Can we say, Washington Redskins.
Eric D.Graham is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, where he received a B.A. in Mass Communication with a concentration in Radio and Television and a minor in History, with an emphasis in African-American Studies. Currently, he is the Editor and Chief of Black Athlete Sports Network, where his articles appear daily along with his controversial cartoon character Bobbee Bee “The Hater.” Graham can be reached at email@example.com