Phil Mushnick, Of "New York N-----s" Shame: I'm Not A Racist -- I Outed Marge Schott!

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Phil Mushnick remains unapologetic about "New York N-----s" column.
New York Post columnist Phil Mushnick wrote a pretty idiotic column last week (part of which you can read below), in which he suggested Jay-Z should rename the Brooklyn Nets the "New York N-----s." Mushnick remains unapologetic -- since we reported on Mushnick's stupidity last week, he's hit us with a few scathing emails. The gist of his rants: we're assholes, and he ain't no racist. His proof: he claims he outed the deceased, racist, Nazi-sympathizing former owner of the Cincinnati Reds, Marge Schott.

"I'm never comfortable using that word [nigger]. That's the way I was raised. Shame on my parents," a sarcastic Mushnick writes. "The ONE time I spelled it out - for accuracy - I was widely condemned as a racist. So either way, I'm a bigot. I know what's in my heart and my head, the way I was raised, and the way I raised my kids. But you've painted me a racist. Good work, James. And good work, if you can get it."

As we pointed out to Mushnick, we never called him a racist -- not once. We don't know the guy and won't speculate on his racial sympathies. What we do know is that he used the word "n-----s" in a column, which is an incredibly stupid, insensitive things to do -- regardless of the context, or the race of the person using the word.

In a previous email from Mushnick, he tries to argue that Jay-Z uses the word "niggas" all the time, as if that makes his using the word acceptable. As we also pointed out to Mushnick, just because Jay-Z -- as a black man -- uses the word "niggas," it doesn't make it OK, and we would have called him out the same way we called out Mushnick if he even joked about renaming the Brooklyn Nets the "New York N-----s."

As we mentioned, Mushnick attempts to defend himself by claiming he outed Schott.

"One last fleeting thing, perhaps a defensive thing. Recall Marge Schott, the racist owner of the Cincy Reds who was infamously banned from baseball for her n-word - sorry, nigger - references to blacks?" Mushnick asks. "Know who publicly exposed her, leading to her expulsion? Ah, never mind. You already know me as a racist. Ever hear of McCarthyism? That's you. Ready, fire, aim. Nice job."

We don't know if Mushnick's actually the reason Schott was banned from baseball -- sure, he wrote about her, but so did nearly every sports writer in America in the early 1990s. In a brief search of the Interwebs, we couldn't find a single reference to Mushnick being the reason Schott was dubbed the Swastika-armband-owning racist she was. Either way, calling Marge Schott a racist doesn't excuse his poor choice of words in last week's column.

Mushnick was on the defensive again in an email he wrote to the Post's "Bob's Blitz" blog, in which he writes the following:

Bob - Such obvious, wishful and ignorant mischaracterizations of what I write are common. I don't call black men the N-word; I don't regard young women as bitches and whores; I don't glorify the use of assault weapons and drugs. Jay-Z, on the other hand.....Is he the only NBA owner allowed to call black men N---ers?"

Jay-Z profits from the worst and most sustaining self-enslaving stereotypes of black-American culture and I'M the racist? Some truths, I guess, are just hard to read, let alone think about.

(Same column I provide support for Amar'e Stoudemire at a time when everyone in town is ripping him to shreds. That was my LEAD, too, but what does that matter?)

See that? Mushnick defended a black guy! Better get that NAACP Image Award ready.

As promised, below is the part of Mushnick's column that caused such a stir:

As long as the Nets are allowing Jay-Z to call their marketing shots -- what a shock that he chose black and white as the new team colors to stress, as the Nets explained, their new "urban" home -- why not have him apply the full Jay-Z treatment?

Why the Brooklyn Nets when they can be the New York N------s? The cheerleaders could be the Brooklyn B----hes or Hoes. Team logo? A 9 mm with hollow-tip shell casings strewn beneath. Wanna be Jay-Z hip? Then go all the way!

Again, Mushnick may not be a racist, but he's definitely an idiot.



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Alabaster Brethren
Alabaster Brethren

This crazy that the cheerleaders are called hoes automatically how does he know they all hoes or bitches and I've also heard jay-z make a song called girls, girls all over the world so why didn't he add girls to the list since we were going to use names in jay-z's lexicon but i bet some of those cheerleaders are bitches and a couple probably so fall into his category but he should've never suggested to group them all under these names just off the strength that they were affliated with jay-z because I never heard him say all cheerleaders are hoes and nor did i hear him say that only hoes are urban I recall him saying they could be suburban too. This guy is crazy my niggas. For real

Pyxinc
Pyxinc

It has been many years since I stopped reading the New York Post  and the Daily News then added "Faux" Network  to my list of do not watch TV

Slim Goodie
Slim Goodie

Here is what you niggas are missing in your discussion. This is NOT about Jay-Zs' part ownership in the team, how he has made millions off of words that are used by mostly everyone(albeit sometimes behind closed doors or in the safe surroundings of friends we trust) or even a display of disgust by Mr. Mushnigga of how he disagrees with how management allows J to be involved in team operations, not his apparent disdain for the rap/hip hop culture. My fellow niggas, bithches, hoes, and those of you who prefer not to be referred to in such manner, this is simply another reality check.

See, it'll never matter how much paper you get, what you aquire, or how much good you do, you're still a NIGGER! This is how you will be seen by Jews, Whites, Asians....etc. This is one of those "dam, this nigga" moments in which the only recourse is to try to make it seem unfathomable that the team would associate with the likes of "Jay-Z"; who uses such foul language when the issue is simply, who is this nigga that he gets to pick the colours and the logo. No nigga should be able to do that. Jews, especially, hold little regard for us niggas much in the same way of whites. We are ok if we can generate revenue, but keep to our kind and away from their daughters and sons....I wish my niggas wouldn't try so hard to disassociate themselves from the term. Embrace it and go on. They call us niggas all the time anyway. Just carry yourself in such a manner that even the Mushniggas of the world have to respect you as a man or woman while in your presence...n

Mrenee2010
Mrenee2010

I read the comment and I swear MOST of you should be quiet... dont shut up - just be quiet. The Mushnick dude is a jerk for what he wrote. The players and the cheerleaders have NOTHING to do with Jay-Z. He insulted a whole lot of people for no reason at all. When a Jewish person owns a team does he suggest that they rename it the (wont go there)?? Sure, hes entitled to his opinion - and we are entitled to ours. So hes a jerk. But the venom in these comments is completely uncalled for.  PS - I thought Mr. Mushnick got eaten by that alien venus-flytrap thingie?  

Sheila Thompkins
Sheila Thompkins

He is an idiot and a white supremacist racist!!!  Any time you're jealous of a Black King making money, and you're white, you are a racist--- and now we all know it!!!

Jenn Candate
Jenn Candate

good job Mushnick...you've finally got people talking about you...but next time take a hint from Kim K and just get out of the car with Jay-Z pulling his pants up...that way we will REALLY notice you ok Pumpkin? Kisses :*

rodney
rodney

he needs to apologize for the way it was written. as a writer he should be able to creatively get his point across without using such profanity and harsh forbidden words. http://tellmehowilooknow.wordp...

Mike
Mike

Trayvon "NO LIMIT NIGGA" Martin.....are you seeing a pattern here, folks ?

Think about it and maybe you'll understand why the black family went to pot in 20 years, with the single-parent rate going from 12% in 1960 to 70% today.

Hrdwrkr90
Hrdwrkr90

and J Zee the buthook  didn't make it hard for the man to make that  leap!!! Chickens come HOME to roost

SANSEZ
SANSEZ

If Jay Z jumps off a bridge...well you get the picture. This moron could have simply said he didnt care for Jay Z's use of words that when said by anyone other than a black man would be considered racist...or are post readers not smart enough to figure this out? He should be suspended or fired along with the editor that allowed this offense to see the light of day. Enough already with people trying to justify the use of the word in print. Let him sit home without pay and think about whether using the language was worth it or not.

nellpost
nellpost

WHat was mushnik's motivation for even writing the article?  Attention? 

macgems
macgems

Why apologize if it isn't sincere and obviously it would not be.  Most others who apologize only do so to protect their jobs, status, political career, etc. and they have been caught, not because they do not mean the racist things they say.  If they did not mean what they say, they wouldn't say them in the first place.  Out of the mouth speaks the abundance of the heart.

Bostic Melvin
Bostic Melvin

It is so easy to tell when someone has something against another person or a group of people of the same "cloth"..They constantly throw cheap shots with no evidence to back it up. Most times it all comes down to jealously and envy... Shawn C. Does always manage to get great seats no matter what the event!! I'm jealous also. Mushneckee!!!!

Dan Lee
Dan Lee

I much as I hate to admit it Mushnik makes some good points concerning the vile language Jay-z and others have profited from.  But his "the rappers do it too" defense is not an excuse to sink to that level.  He needs to apologize and leave the idiotic language to the hip hoppers.

Atreon23
Atreon23

JayZ is a hero to so many people, he is a prime example of the American Dream..He came from nothing to nearly a billionare and part owner of the Brooklyn Nets. This man should be glorified for what he has accomplished. What impressed me even more is he has not and will not respond to what Phil Mushnick said, now that is a MAN. I think it has nothing to do with race or the N-word but with people not wanting to see people doing well. The African American Race as a whole will continue to make strides for greatness. Honestly we need more Jay-Z in the world and not Phil Mushnick who is ignorant and insensative, and who also is well school but does not know what to and not to say. (Guess school does not teach anything)This is from a 20yr. old black male.

blacksocialist
blacksocialist

you state..."What we do know is that he used the word "n-----s" in a column, which is an incredibly stupid, insensitive things to do -- regardless of the context, or the race of the person using the word."

couldnt disagree more.  the word is NIGGER, not the "n" word, which is so childlike. and let me add, "niggas" = NIGGER, just becomes some rappers have convinced you that there is a difference doesnt mean it's so..... get it, got it, good

blacksocialist

Pedro
Pedro

Mushnick knows the majority owner of the Brooklyn Nets is a Russian billionaire right?

TheMarineRambo
TheMarineRambo

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I cannot determine whether Phil Mushnick is racist for writing that article, but what I have read is that just because J.Z. is a black man does not give him the right does to use the denigrating term either. Yes, we blacks need to begin looking at ourselves with pride and not use slaveman denigrating terms. WE did not give ourselves that term. We are the descendants of Africa; the continent that God choose to take of the soil of the earth and make the human race. The African people who we are descendants(take the DNA test), used their God given intelligence to construct the sciences we know today, and the formulas of what are today higher math; by the way was stolen by the Greeks. The proof is the wonder of the world the Pyramids. What have the Greeks constructed?J Z straighten up and fly right brother. You now have a child; do you want anyone to call her that name?

Alabaster Brethren
Alabaster Brethren

It seems mushnika is taking things to the extreme, maybe he should watch white boys or maybe even black and white.

Pyxinc
Pyxinc

 I guess you have embraced the term?Would you also embrace the notion of the term uneducated?The word is mispronounced NIGER and history is can attest to the fact.The uneducated white population saw the word on crates and posters during the era of the Atlantic Slave trade and pronounced it (neegars) the pronunciation stuck, so as to add the word to the dictionary,written and published works, the educated people added another G to the word so as to be grammatically correct. The word is based on ignorance, White American Ignorance. When a fool uses the word in my presence I just correct them.The word is Niger.

Pyxinc
Pyxinc

 Are you sure you can't blame 500 years of abuse, bringing about the "pattern"?Blame the victim, so I see where you stand Mike.

Darknight1961
Darknight1961

Explain the difference of when say an actor uses the "N" word in a movie?  Should he or she not take the part because it call's for their character to say it...   does their taking the part make them bad or should have them mocked later.  I guess the point i'm making is Mushnik must be running out of topics because this should be a non issue.  He's wrong period

nellpost
nellpost

Correct.  White people sound silly when mimic(k)ing Black slang, as do folks from other countries trying to imitate our dialects....

F-Word Murray Abraham
F-Word Murray Abraham

Count me in against this eek-a-mouse "n word" squeamishness.  It's a word, it has a meaning, it has a history, it has connotations, just like other words.  And it has fewer legitimate options than other words because of those connotations and history.  Deal with it.  Calling it the n-word is like calling Voldemort "He Who Must Not Be Named."  It's an infantile peek-a-boo practice that in no way shields the listener while giving "nigger" extranormal superpowers that even George Lincoln Rockwell never could have dreamed the word could possess.

As for Mushnick, he was obviously trying to criticize the culture of a genre of rap music by making a moronic play on words... which is why the "comeback" about the Nets is dopey.  It's shitty, unwitty writing.  And if Mushnick thinks he's the first person in history to notice that the first two syllables of "Knickerbockers" sounds like something else, then he may actually be dragging DOWN the NY Post's average staff IQ.  Although kudos to Mushnick for craftily waiting until JUST the right moment, in his 39th year with the Post, to break out his inner Klansman.

Pyxinc
Pyxinc

 On the other hand the God you talk about gave us nothing, if he did, he would be responsible for 400 years of slavery,genocide,Jim crow,and a whole lot of ills in society.Man created the Gods from their imagination, which is power house for all the great things and also the great wrongs we did in our relative societies.

To give credit to others if they did good things, will not take away from ourselves.The Greeks contributed a good many things we in so called Democracies have not learned.We should not abuse others, because we were abused,but have pride in self and seek to contribute to the world, not just boast of our ancestors.Jay Z is just a business man, not a role model for children.

DETROITDEATHGOD
DETROITDEATHGOD

Also if god made everything all would be god given. Long winded redundant self righteous bull statements full of falsehoods sicken me. This is the 21 century if jay-z wants to say nigga then let him.Before you start lecturing all black peoples of America on your silly opinions improve your math and hard science skills.I bet Jay-z honors those black heirloom skills of math and science you speak of better than most your critiques leaves little room for educated evolution on the subject matter of fact he does the American lexicon proud

DETROITDEATHGOD
DETROITDEATHGOD

What have the Greeks built? Are you stupid? The Greeks invented the skeleton for democracy, wrote and translated many books of the bible,and the Pythagorean theorem as a black man I encourage you to stop making up this Utopian black fantasy where the Greeks stole math from blacks and Africa invented everything  as if you have magical birth rite.The Pyramids where built by hebrew slave labor and anybody else they could find not black Americans get over this fake uneducated fantasy that you have woven for yourself.Maybe you should actually read some ancient greek/roman history.Bottom line is that its not Jay-zs fault people interpret his art the way they do.BTW Christianity is a ROMAN/GREEK invention   BRUTHA

Crunk_gator
Crunk_gator

The terms that Jay Z use in no way alleviates the mass amounts of stupidity Phil has shown. That's like saying that because Jay Z says he shot an infant that it's ok if I do the same. It's amazing to me how the subject somehow changes in transit. Somehow the subject has changed from this writer including an entire franchise incorporating the n-word to Jay Z does it too!!! It's shameful

Slim Goodie
Slim Goodie

Then, you must also understand that when people of colour use the term, (especially black men), it is not with the same negative connotations, the same condescending, demeaning tone that is associated with the term. That is why, I no longer cringe when I hear the word because I know what it means when a black man uses the term, and when a non-black uses the term. Non-blacks know this as well, but pretend not to have a clue. I try to carry myself in a manner that commands respect so that there is no misunderstanding. When I say "embrace" the term, I simply mean that we know what it means to whom. When it is meant as a hateful adjective to describe who you are based on the colour of your skin, or if its meant as non-offensive dialogue with someone whom your relationship supercedes ethnic and cultural differences. So, it's not the word that offends me as a black man anymore, but how it is used. It's in our society and I just feel that the "shock value" of the word should be minimal at best. We know what Mushnigga meant and how he meant it, and he's entitled to his opinion. But I doubt seriously if he would say it (like that)in a room full of niggas because he knows that it's not always what you say, but what you mean. A nigga like eminem can get away with it because we know that he would never use it in a direspectful manner. I know my own niggas are goin to say its disrespectful no matter who uses it, and that I'm either an uncle tom as nigga (who people may want to find out more about)who's bending over for the white man, or just another dumbass nigga who doesn't get it. But I'm just a nigga who refuses to let the word nigga dictate who I am or how I respond to the word nigga. I only respond to th level of repect I am shown. (or lack thereof). Just tired of the uproar everytime someone says something that we say all the time, with the exception of course, of all the christian niggas who never do or say anything bad about anyone or anything, ever.(unless you're gay, lesbian, muslim, barack obama!lol). Niggas jus need to chill.......n

F-Word Murray Abraham
F-Word Murray Abraham

Obviously, the reason why the single-parent rate of the American black family has shot up over the last 50+ years (or in Mikemath, 20 years) is because of Jay-Z albums.  Starting with the 1961 classic "God, is Mike a Dumb Fuckhead Who Pops a Boner Whenever a Race Story Allows Him to "Discuss" His Innermost Obsessions (Vol. 1)."  

The cure for this societal problem?  Lame newsman wordplay to fit "nigger," "coon," or "spook" into the names of sports franchises.  If not for the children... do it for Mike.

Mike
Mike

Hey Hicks, Musnick is Jewish...not many Jews in the KKK.  Another 70-IQ liberal.

TheMarineRambo
TheMarineRambo

I see, you don't take grounded information and process it. How unfortunite! Remain stupid it is O K with me.

TheMarineRambo
TheMarineRambo

I gess thIS statement fits you well,   IGNORANCE IS BLISS!  Bye!

Pyxinc
Pyxinc

The foundation of Mathematics is Maat which is Egyptian.The books of the Bible were written by The Persians and the Jebusites (Africans)The Pyramids were not built by Hebrew slaves, but by Egyptian Architects and masons. There was never people named Hebrews in Egypt,but you would have found Jebus instead. and the Jebus were the people who Built Jerusalem (Jebus-ale) Who are the Igbos a people who were brought to the Americas and the Diaspora as slaves.The foundation of Christianity is India and Persia. Krisna  to Christos to Christ.And before you got Jesus (IIsus) meaning (of Zeus) who come out of Zedek as of Melchizedek or Zadok (Jupitor) Foundation Jebus (Igbos)So before you try to insult Africans for knowing learn,for there are people who claim history that do not belong to them.

bintalshamsa
bintalshamsa

You really ought to keep reading, DETROITDEATHGOD. The pyramids were nto built by Hebrew slave labor. In fact, they were not built by slaves at all. Perhaps some black Americans like you should get over this fake uneducated fantasy where they base all of history on an ignorant interpretation of 2,000 year old religious tradition. Christianity is not a Roman/Greek invention. Please learn a bit of geography. Seriously, if you're going to criticize others, you might want to make sure that you have your facts straight, first.

Nn
Nn

Christianity a testament to.....?

O.H
O.H

I dont know who TheMarineRambo is but you should read the book by George G. M. James "Stolen Legacy." Legacys get stolen all of the time but someone has to defend them. Obviously you have not received any degrees from Dr Leonard Jeffries or any African centered professors. Slave labor from hebrews? Read "Black Spark White Fire" by Richard Poe or "The Destruction of BlackCivilization" by Chancellar Williams. Nothing about these books are uneducated fantasy my educated brother.

TheMarineRambo
TheMarineRambo

Read more; here is one to read Stolen Legacy my brother, and follow the bibliography; ignorance is no longer an excuse for you. It is OK with me if you choose to be a continued captive to the slave-man mentality; at least I as a brother tried to open your eyes.

TheMarineRambo
TheMarineRambo

You can slant it anyway you choose. I made my argument, self denigration, and I stand by it.

Alabaster brethren
Alabaster brethren

I use nigga and all the people I know use nigga and when i call them I call them nigga or niggas in this case. The only people who cringe is older caucasians who think it is nigger just because a white boy is saying it but they just being ignorant but its only nigger when they do something like a nigger says my uncle or niggas who don't like this nigga using it. So what's the big deal the nets could be jay-z 's niggas so mushnika thought they should be referred to as his niggas. The only problem is certain people white and black and other ethnicities wouldn't say the name or spend money so the nets would lose money being The New Jersey Niggas otherwise they would have a sweet name. Same reason why i can't never ask or check out The Nigger Bible when I'm at the library. We shouldn't be spending time on this Mushnika blog but celebrating on how sweet the New Jersey Nets are gonna be since my nigga jay z owns them now, oh yeah and how do yall know that mushnika niggas don't let him say nigga so it might be second tongue slang to him. Also if yall so worried about race and announcing it I'm caucasian and i was fostered, adopted and raised by a nigrite family who was very close to my mother before she passed away.

Pyxinc
Pyxinc

 I see you did not read my first post addressed to you in it's entirety, for if you had you would have the notion, the word does not anger me when White people use it, for I know they use it in ignorance and they are trying to belittle and insult Africans, with a word  formed out of the mouth of the uneducated.So why should I let that bother me? The White people  in turn should be embarrassed that their ancestors were uneducated and could not pronounced a simple word as Niger,and anyone using it is just echoing the ramblings of fools. I am ashamed and appalled when African Americans use the word imitating losers, the rest of Europe gladly got rid of.

Slim Goodie
Slim Goodie

3, 2, 1, "Houston, we have a problem!"O.k., sir/ma'm. Again I am aware of every part of my ancestral history. From the begining of the slave trade where some of the african nations sold their own into slavery, to the struggle and the sacrifice of hundreds of thousands of men and women, (along with the help of a few whites along the way)just to be treated as human beings, to the "crabs in a bucket", blame everybody else for my problem but me for not even trying mentality, all the way to the fact that african americans have yet to have the right to vote by law extended beyond a few years at a time by congress as the see fit. Sir or ma'm, I don't have, as you indicate, a battered persons' syndrome. You know, where you accept years and years of abuse because at first you think its love, or that it will change, or you get brainwashed into believing its your fault for said abuse. Then one day you get fed up, get the strength to walk away or retaliate violently, and remain so emotionally scarred that you never trust another person again because you feel that every one is the same and therefore you carry bitterness in your heart forever and ever.... Nah that ain't me. I just think that whether you use the term or not, walk or ride a bicycle, people have choices to do and say as they feel and if someone uses the word nigga, I am not going to be offended every time I hear it, and like Jay-Z, I know when someone is jealous of my success and uses the word as an attack, you don't even have to respond to such an individual. He/she looks foolish in the long run for even making stupid comments like that anyway....So sir or ma'm, I just accept life as it is and just know that when some people use terms such as nigga, bitch, hoe, cracker, etc., it's all about the context in which its used. These terms are used everyday to describe someone everyday as a term of entreatment or a term of disrespect. In the whitehouse or in the 'hood. On mainstreet or wall street, behind closed doors or out in public people use these terms, words, and are entitled to do so as the 1st ammendment grants free speech. I just caution those who use these terms; be careful as to understand that the right to do so carries consequences and could be hazardous to ones' health if viewed as meant to be disrespectful. So for those of you who don't use these terms, to chill and not be so taken aback when someone does....n

Pyxinc
Pyxinc

 I do not use the silly word.But I do understand when people are abused they in turn embrace the very abuse and in time the very abuse feels good.I happen to have a sense of pride in who I am, for my Ancestors shed sweat, blood and tears, in this place,so for their legacy I chose to stand up and show respect to them and be counted as one who also deserve respect. I will not let another person name me,I chose to name myself, I will only answer to my name not a nickname from fools. 

DETROITDEATHGOD
DETROITDEATHGOD

Mike why are you so stupid? Why is your penis so small?

TheMarineRambo
TheMarineRambo

See it fits, because you responded to something, but your comment does not give a clue about what. I don't know what the hell you speak of stupid.

Pyxinc
Pyxinc

 I choose not to remain "stupid" that would be unfortunate,enlighten me with the grounded information so I can process it making it "OK" also by you.

bintalshamsa
bintalshamsa

2 years? Seriously? You've studied ancient history for 2 years and you think you are educated? Dude, I've spent almost 10 times as long studying the history of Semitic people. Even that isn't enough to make a person an authority on the subject.

Riding in a plane twice won't make you an aviator. Riding in a car twice won't make you qualified to be a mechanic. Visiting Disney World twice won't even make you an authority on Mickey Mouse. Yet you think that 2 years is enough to make you educated about a part of the world that has existed for millions of years. Dude, just stop, please. You aren't doing black folks any favors here.

DETROITDEATHGOD
DETROITDEATHGOD

Did you learn that shit in jail?Good luck with that horseshit my Brutha lol. Btw Legacies are stolen all the time get used to it black guy with white guy screen name.I have 2 years ancient history under my belt been to Africa twice buddy when you stop lamenting about shit you know nothing of  will teach you how to open your mind.

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