Monday, May 27, 2013

"Colored" a bad word (Unless you are the NAACP)

George O’Grady, the European Tour’s chief executive, was forced to apologise here at the BMW PGA Championship on Thursday after he was accused by an anti-racism charity of making a remark on television that was “lazy and old fashioned” and with “offensive undertones”.

The Ulsterman, who has led the Tour for eight years and is one of the game’s most influential officials, appeared on Sky Sports to defend his Tour’s stance in not punishing Sergio García for directing a racist jibe at Tiger Woods. Instead, the controversy escalated several notches when O’Grady said “most of Sergio’s friends happen to be coloured athletes in the United States”.

With social media abuzz about the comment, O’Grady was obliged to emulate García and say sorry. “I deeply regret using an inappropriate word in a live interview for Sky Sports, for which I unreservedly apologise,” he said.

“Historically, the term ‘coloured’ has carried particularly negative connotations,” Kearns said. “It is certainly something we would like to see disappear – it is old-fashioned and lazy, but more importantly it has offensive undertones. Fifty or 60 years ago you could still see signs saying ‘no Irish, no coloureds, and no dogs’, and that is exactly the sort of thing we are trying to get away from.



Anonymous said...

"Beware of those who cry racism, for they are the true racists..."

Anonymous said...

those who are easily offended are weak

Anonymous said...

So the guys sin is that he wasn't up to date on the proper buzz words on the banned list?

Just wait for JJR to post the story about the girl who called Adam Goodes an 'ape'. She had to apologise for being racist even though she didn't realise that the term had racial overtones and hadn't intended it in a racial way...

Stefan v said...

I guess Gunnery Sergeant Hartmann in FMJ must be the liberal's nightmare. "There is no racial bigotry here. I do not look down on niggers, kikes, wops or greasers; here you are all equally worthless, and my orders are to weed out all non-hackers who do not pack the gear to serve in my beloved Corps. Do you maggots understand that?"

Anonymous said...

“War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.”
― George Orwell, 1984