ESPN Double Standard? Why Wasn’t Bonnie Bernstein Suspended? Will Leitch Gets Ethered the “Respectable” Way
Apology seems suspect. Listen to the audio and hear for yourself below
ESPN’s Bonnie Bernstein recently made some comments on Mike and Mike’s radio show that all should find offensive. The question to me is, why hasn’t she been suspended like Jemele Hill?
What is your excuse here ESPN?
This is why we fight here for inclusion. This is why we scream bullshit when people compare Imus’ comments to Jemele’s.
I spoke about this yesterday on a radio show that will be posted as soon as I get the link.
What the hell is going on that this hasn’t gotten any mainstream attention?
“It’s sort of like, you know, and this isn’t — I’m prefacing this by saying this is in no way an analogy to sports because I know we live in a hypersensitive society — but I remember a while ago I was reading an article in the New York Times about Palestinian suicide bombers and I just remember being struck by the notion that from the point of birth, people in Palestine are taught to think that dying in the name of God is a good thing.
They grow up wanting to be suicide bombers. So bringing it back to sports — and again, I’m not making the comparison or the analogy — if a young talented basketball player is being told at an early age that they are destined, it is a good thing to focus on basketball and not worry about what’s going on in the classroom, why are any kids going to be worried about what’s going on in the classroom?”
NAAJA Letter sent Wednesday 10:32 AM by email
Hi Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg:
This morning, Dr. Bonnie Bernstein, a veteran sports reporter and radio reporter, made a very racist comparison between NBA players and Palestinians who raise their children to become suicide bombers. I am writing on behalf of the National Arab American Journalists Association asking that you address the issue. I think it was very inappropriate for Bonnie to use that racial stereotype of Palestinians as an example to back up her comments that NBA hopefuls “are programmed” to make it in the NBA the way Palestinian children are “programmed” to become suicide bombers …
I don’t need to explain that suicide bombers are not a race or ethnicity, or that there are 7 million Palestinians and have been only 50 suicide bombers over the past 15 years, or that suicide bombers come from all walks of life (in the film Pearl Harbor, the character of Jimmy Doolitle said that if his plane ran out of gas while bombing Tokyo and couldn’t make it back to the states during World War II, he would simply crash his plane into a Japanese building — making him, a typical American, a suicide bomber, too) …
It is not about being politically correct. If you wanted to have a discussion about suicide bombers in the Middle East and Iraq and their ethnicity and the act of terrorism, you could probably fill five hours easily on radio. But that wasn’t the point of Bonnie’s comments, but rather a gratuitous slam against Palestinians. I know you guys are pros when it comes to sports and I would hope you might make mention that the comparison was inappropriate and in fact is racist.
In this day and age of understanding how easily minorities and ethnic groups are defamed by casual racist comments and especially how easily it happens on radio — Don Imus is a good example — we should try our best to be respectful. I think Bonnie should address the issue also.
Thanks and best regards
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This IS NOT about the get back. This is all about fairness. Jemele has gone through it. Do you know the number one search (because of her interviews obviously) to this site besides The Starting Five?
Jemele Hill nigger.
Wow. Don’t give me any bullshit that because Barack has won the nomination so racist attitudes have quelled.
This is what her superiors at ESPN need to address. Some of the comments after Jemele’s pieces are sickening.
Why is she such a lightening rod?
Yo Will….I really didn’t appreciate this post. I didn’t find it “respectable”.
Crazy you posted it on your getaway day huh?
It’s cool, ’cause do you feel the “ether” again?
Dude what’s your deal? Why don’t you face the fact that there are alternative means of critical thought?
Did you listen to the piece? Could you comprehend what I was saying?
Most didn’t, but it was meant for you. You know what the hell I was “saying”? Didn’t “we”?
What’s up with that “we” shit?
By the way…love the “pic”
Dig the hair did. “Sleep” much? Is that how you “<3″ the wall when you are in the “shower”?
“We” still “sick”?
Is this snark over with in your “writing” because you’ve moved on?
Do your former “commenters” have any “brains” whatsoever?
What is “Deadspin?”
Are you a “journalist” again?
What are you going to do now?
Dude, go see a “doctor”.
Tell him to up ya meds kid.