(As promised, this is a bonus diary to try to make up for the time I was unable to connect to the internets. Let’s take a moment and talk about something other than politics (and if you just got here, look for the diary posted today if you like politics more.)
From ABC News:
African-Americans Tuesday criticized New York Knicks coach Isiah Thomas for saying it was less offensive for black men than for white men to call black women “bitches.”
“A white man calling a black woman ‘bitch,’ that is wrong with me. I’m not accepting that. That’s a problem for me,” Thomas said in a videotaped deposition shown during a trial brought against the team by a former marketing executive who claims she was harassed by Thomas and wrongfully terminated.
But when asked if it was wrong for a black man to call black women bitches, Thomas said “not as much” and “I’m sorry to say, I do make a distinction.”
That comment prompted the new resurgence of an old debate over who, if anyone, could use derogatory epithets, and when, if ever, it was acceptable to use them.
The taped deposition was played by lawyers for Anucha Brown Sanders, a former vice president of marketing for the Knicks, who accuses Thomas of calling her “bitch,” “f***ing bitch” and “ho.” Sanders claimed she was fired when she complained about Thomas’ comments and sexual advances. She is seeking $10 million and wants her job back.