Let the hypocritical crucifixion of Riley Cooper begin.
This incident is nowhere near as serious as people are making it out to be.
Last month at a Kenny Chesney concert and reportedly under the influence of alcohol, an argument was caught on tape during which Riley said (to a black security guard), “I will jump that fence and fight every n***** here.”
Uh-oh. The dreaded “N-word.” The dreaded “N-word” phrase.
When I first heard about the incident I knew it was going to be blown out of proportion, especially in light of the last several weeks and the “discussions about race” the nation has supposedly had.
Then I thought… how many (n-word) blacks are even at a Kenny Chesney concert for Riley to fight?
That’s when I knew Riley had to be drunk.
I don’t condone what Riley Cooper said and he was right to apologize. He was contrite and remorseful.
But now Cooper has to endure “sensitivity training” as his public penance commences.
To act as if this incident should paralyze the NFL and the Philadelphia Eagles, or ruin Cooper’s career is beyond silly and actually enters the absurd- even more absurd than the re-education meetings he has to endure to prove his repentant heart and to achieve public redemption.
The hypocrisy of this entire episode is the prevalence of the use of the ‘N-word’ in popular culture. Again I’m not condoning what Riley said, but to act as if this word hasn’t saturated the God-awful rap music and their videos, television shows and movies- especially those done by Quentin Tarantino would be to deny reality.
It’s a direct result of popular culture- and in particular, black Americans themselves- that the ‘n-word’ has been legitimized, making it a commodity used by people of all races in varying contexts.
Especially in the NFL, which is why the hypocrisy so blatant it’s embarrassing.
Then I remembered what Rachel Jeantel said.
Cooper is carrying his cross to his crucifixion because he said ‘nig-ger’ instead of ‘nig-ga’. The “er” still has racial overtones. Add that to the fact that Cooper was born in the Midwest and went to college in the South. Those are overtly racial ingredients.
Had Cooper simply softened the epithet by adding an “a” this would have been chalked up to a latent form of “street cred,” or been excused as the result of his hanging around the brothas and hearing it so often. It would’ve been argued that in the football subculture, the word has been de-racialized, blah, blah, blah.
Like I said, I don’t condone Cooper saying what he said. But to act as if his saying this word is an isolated incident and that black players don’t say it- and worse- is hypocritical.
Cooper should claim he’s gay and his transgressions will be forgiven, his absolution granted and this will all go away.