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January 19, 2008

Golfweek Apologizes for Noose Cover, Replaces Editor

Golfweek apologized Friday for putting a noose on the cover of its magazine to illustrate the controversy over a Golf Channel anchor’s use of “lynch” in a comment about Tiger Woods.

The editor responsible for the cover was replaced.

“We were trying to convey the controversial issues with a strong and provocative graphic image. It is now obvious that the overall reaction to our cover deeply offended many people. For that, we are deeply apologetic.

Fired over showing a picture of a noose? Let’s all check the schoolbooks and make sure we don’t have any pictures of them in there too! There are a lot more offensive images that are printed in the local paper. Dead and mutilated bodies. Graphic descriptions of people killing each other too. And what about in the ‘entertainment’ industry? Check out this lovely song- Bitches Ain’t Shit. Does that offend you? No?

But she was hangin’ with a white bitch doin’ the shit she do”

Sounds pretty racist to me. I find it a lot more offensive than just a picture of a noose. So when are these double standards going to end? I don’t see the record label dropping Dr. Dre for his vile, racist and offensive lyrics. Why is it only white folks can be fired? The best answer I can come up with is what I saw many years ago in the manual for the game Civilization II:

(Selected text in describing fundamentalism) The diplomatic penalties for “terrorist acts”… committed by Diplomats and Spies is reduced, since the world comes to expect no better.

Is this the same case as black? The reason they can do as they please and not suffer the repercussions is because we just don’t expect any better of them? Then isn’t this just another way of saying they have lower standards/morals? For a group that demands equality but does not hold themselves up to the same standards (or better) than the ones they wish to be equal to is appalling. Is it really our fault that you are looked down upon (or so they say they are)?

Seems to me the solution is to actually hold those people in your group responsible for their actions and not just turning a blind eye to their wrongs.

If you want respect then you have to earn it. You can’t demand it, nor can you legislate it.