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Teed Off Thursday: Arguments, MLK Tributes & Mike Greenberg

3-2-1…1-2-3…what the heck…is bothering me?  At least this week.

1) That isn’t what I meant!

Don’t you hate it when…huh?  Don’t you hate it when…huh?  DON”T YOU HATE IT WHEN YOU SAY SOMETHING AND THE OTHER PERSON DOESN’T HEAR YOU, so you say it louder, but now they think you are “yelling” at them, so they respond with an attitude.  Then you feel the need to explain that you weren’t being mean you were just yelling, but they just flag you off, which makes you get upset too.

Then one of you says something completely unrelated to the topic at hand and now all of the sudden a real argument starts just because you didn’t speak up enough or your significant other is hard of hearing or maybe one of you had the TV too loud.  This is why it’s not a good idea to hold little things inside.  Just a thought.

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2) How come nobody ever asks straight white people about Dr. King?

I think it’s great that the NBA plays games on MLK Day.  I mean the guy did give his life so that black people could go to work, not sit at home.  And I think it’s wonderful that the NBA players get to express their personal stories of how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. influenced their lives during commercial breaks (although some of them act like a deer in the headlight and repeat, “he was a great man”), but how come they never ask any of the white players?

I understand that the foreign players may not be familiar, but why don’t they ask the Luke Waltons and Tyler Hansbourghs of the league how Dr. King influenced their lives?  Are we afraid that they will say, “he made it worse for me?”  Do we think they don’t care?  Or are they uncomfortable with the question?  Do they feel guilty?  I don’t think it’s any of that.  I think we all need to recognize that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had an impact on more than just the black community.  And speaking of which…

3) The black community needs to stop being sensitive.

Yes, I said it.  Mike Greenberg of Mike and Mike in the morning on ESPN made an innocent mistake on MLK day.  Or at least we can’t prove that he made anything else.  And seeing as how we are always ranting and raving about being convicted before a trial, we should give this guy the benefit of the doubt.  He has no priors.

And even if he did make a Freudian slip, so what?  We can’t be so sensitive.  Times have changed.  Barack Obama has raised the bar for all of us and that means our intolerance threshold has to rise too.  We got to be a little bit tougher.  The N word will always be the benchmark, but we have to let go of all the cartoonish and childish insults like “coon” and “jungle bunny.”  We are no longer in a position of weakness.  Let it go.  Right now we act like the boy who cries wolf every time someone growls, meanwhile Rush Limbaugh says way meaner and nastier bullsh*t and it considered the “norm.”

P.S. – try saying Dr. Martin Luther King Junior really fast and see if you don’t mess up.  If you want to know how he got Martin Luther “coon” from that, it’s simple.  King + Junior = Kunior, but he caught himself and shortened it to Kun (coon).  Hey, it hould cappen.

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