Recently a police officer in Durham, NC was investigated for posting anti-Obama comments on Myspace, even thought the comments were said to not involve a racial slur. [Durham police probe allegations officers made anti-Obama remarks online,
November 13, 2008 ] Durham has an African-American mayor
, and a Hispanic police chief
Now a university student in Texas has been kicked off his college football team for posting an anti-Obama comment that apparently did involve a racial slur, although nobody is saying which one, and it`s still only a 12 word comment on Facebook. From the Chronicle Of Higher Education
November 11, 2008
A sophomore on the University of Texas football team was dismissed from the squad last week after posting a racially charged comment about President-elect Barack Obama on his Facebook page, The Houston Chronicle reports.Buck Burnette, a center for the Longhorns, posted the comment on Election Night and was released from the team on November 5. Mr. Burnette said the comment was sent to him from a friend via text message and that he made a poor decision in posting the remark to his Web page.It appeared under the â€?update statusâ€? on his Facebook page and read, â€?All the hunters gather up, we have a [racial slur] in the White House,â€? referring to Mr. Obama, the nationâ€™s first black president. Mr. Burnette has since apologized and, in a written statement, called his action a â€?terrible decision.â€?Longhorn coach Mack Brown said he had warned his players about the dangers of posting personal information on the Internet and called Facebook and other social networking websites â€?really dangerous.â€?During a Big 12 coachesâ€™ conference call Monday, a survey found many other coaches share Mr. Brownâ€™s concerns. Some universities go as far as to monitor their athletesâ€™ pages, the newspaper reported. At the University of Oklahoma, for instance, the collegeâ€™s compliance office routinely checks their athleteâ€™s personal profiles.â€”David DeBolt
The interesting thing is that the commenters at the Chronicle Of Higher Education, which is probably Stuff White People Like #1187, seem delighted with this. One commenter says "I guess you lose your right to make vile public statements if you represent your school on a sports team. Good â€” thatâ€™s the way it should be. After graduation, a player has the rest of his life to be a jerk, but letâ€™s hope young Mr. Buck Burnette has learned an important lesson (about racism, not just about getting caught) and that his apology is sincere."
Well, I think he`s at least learned something about "hate."
And the next commenter says "Mack Brown did the only thing he could. Still, it is disturbing that a prestigious university would admit a student like that, obviously because he can play football."
This is someone who has no idea of how the minority sports stars
that colleges admit behave. Hint: it frequently goes beyond mere speech
. But it goes to show, once again, that the Sixties generation that made the long march through the institutions became totalitarians when they arrived.