We as a nation have become really good at punishing casual racism. You know, using the N-word or saying overtly cruel things about black people in the presence of a recording device.
Robert Copeland, an 82-year-old town police commissioner in New Hampshire, resigned last week after he unapologetically described President Barack Obama as the N-word. There’s not an equivalent thing to call a white leader of the free world. There’s just not. After Copeland’s resignation, Board of Selectmen Chair Linda Murray told reporters, “The town is pleased. This gives us the opportunity to move on.”
And public land grifter Cliven Bundy blew his chance to be a mainstream right-wing militia star when he uttered the sentence, “I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro…” He went from hero to “who?” in the right-wing echosphere in about two seconds.
When Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was caught on tape telling his mistress not to take black people to his games or have her picture taken with them, he was banned from the NBA for life and ordered to sell his team (at a profit).(Marietta Daily Journal)