While praising Condoleezza Rice a St. Louis DJ accidentally said the word “coon” instead of “coup” – for that slip-up he is immediately chastised and fired. Two editorial cartoonists use racist language and images to describe Rice – several years later, they are still employed and well-paid.
Talk show host Dave Lenihan at KTRS in St. Louis was telling his listeners how great a NFL commissioner Rice would make, when he said:
She’s been chancellor of Stanford. She’s got the patent resume of somebody that has serious skill. She loves football. She’s African-American, which would kind of be a big coon. A big coon. Oh my God. I am totally, totally, totally, totally, totally sorry for that. I didn’t mean that. It was just a slip of the tongue. She’s definitely got all the attributes to be commissioner. I’m really sorry about that.
After only 20 minutes, station president and general manager Tim Dorsey came on air to announce the firing of Lenihan. He said:
It was a most unfortunate racial slur. There can be no excuse for what was said. Dave Lenihan has been let go. … There is enough hate. We certainly are not going to fan those flames. That is not what we’re about.
Please show me the “hate” in what Lenihan said. He was praising Rice and made an inadvertant slip. How is that flaming hate?
Ready and willing to be offended the NAACP chapter president Harold Crumpton called the station for an explanation. He “accepted” the apology and the firing of Lenihan. Well, I’m glad he gave it his stamp of approval, otherwise we may have to publicly flog and stone Lenihan if Crumpton was not pleased with the firing.
But while he did accept the apology, Crumpton was “distrubed” that the word could be uttered by the radio station. Does he want a five second delay to catch every time someone sounds like they are going to possibly utter something that may be offensive to some minority group out there?
And is he distrubed every time someone slips-up and says the wrong thing? Are Crumpton, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton always upset when some one uses blatently racist imagery to describe Condoleezza Rice.