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05-01-2012, 05:17 PM
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Not at all...and if it bothers pee cee liberals, then that is even better!

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05-01-2012, 05:19 PM
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It's absolutely harmless. It's not inflammatory, not being mean, just making light of the fact that we have one black hockey player in a sport dominated by whites. I remember 2 years ago I did a fantasy football league...I had 2 white RBs and everyone made a stink about it being out of the ordinary.

Simply referring to someone as "The ______" when they're the only ones representing them in that area is harmless. If it was "The N-word" or something like that, clearly it's racist. But as of now it's harmless and funny, no malice meant by it, he is, technically, the black guy on the team.

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05-01-2012, 05:34 PM
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When I first saw this I thought it was pretty racist, but the more I look at it maybe this guy is a Simmonds fan and just wanted to find some humor in the fact he is the only "black guy" on the team.

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05-01-2012, 05:35 PM
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I don't think it's racist.

I also don't think it's funny.

It's really stupid.

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05-01-2012, 05:52 PM
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I don't like that it simplifies Simmonds to his skin colour and says nothing about his character. Same would go if there was a "Yellow Guy" jersey for an Asian, or a "Brown Guy" jersey for an Indian player.

Most White people (myself included) can't appreciate that it could be inappropriate because we aren't often judged solely on our skin colour.

Would you call a black child in a class of otherwise only white children, the black guy?

It's a joke that people may have between a group of friends comprised of multiple ethnicities when they know each other well, but I'm sure this guy doesn't know Simmonds

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05-01-2012, 05:53 PM
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Haha. I'd say it is racist, but hilarious. At least it doesn't say ****** on the back.

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05-01-2012, 06:08 PM
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I'm gonna go ahead and say the only ones taking offense to the nameplate are overly PC-conscious white people, and that any black person who saw it would understand the humor and laugh or just simply not care at all. My, how far we've come as a society in terms of racial sensitivity.

Also, go Flyers. I hope "The Black Guy" scores a hat trick tonight.

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05-01-2012, 06:20 PM
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I don't think it's racist.

I also don't think it's funny.

It's really stupid.
This is pretty much what I think as well.

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05-01-2012, 06:24 PM
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I actually have a white Simmonds jersey....do you guys consider that racist?

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05-01-2012, 06:34 PM
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jersey should say African Canadian guy

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05-01-2012, 06:34 PM
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I'm gonna go ahead and say the only ones taking offense to the nameplate are overly PC-conscious white people, and that any black person who saw it would understand the humor and laugh or just simply not care at all. My, how far we've come as a society in terms of racial sensitivity.

Also, go Flyers. I hope "The Black Guy" scores a hat trick tonight.
Can't big up this post more.

What the hell is wrong with people. If you find it anything other than funny, then you need to remove the giant stick from the area in which the sun does not shine.

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05-01-2012, 06:36 PM
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Not racist but incredibly ignorant.

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05-01-2012, 06:39 PM
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I'm gonna go ahead and say the only ones taking offense to the nameplate are overly PC-conscious white people, and that any black person who saw it would understand the humor and laugh or just simply not care at all. My, how far we've come as a society in terms of racial sensitivity.

Also, go Flyers. I hope "The Black Guy" scores a hat trick tonight.
Bingo. And of course the thing is, it wouldn't be half as funny if there weren't any oversensitive people out there - you know, the ones who try to act too laid back to ever admit to finding (or forcing themselves to find) anything offensive, and then say "but it's just really really stupid".

Joke's on them. As it is every single time.

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05-01-2012, 11:05 PM
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Don't see how it is racist...

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05-02-2012, 05:50 AM
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Racist? No.

Stupid? Yes.
Agreed.

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05-02-2012, 07:32 AM
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I think you can see how people can think it as racist because the guy decided to single out one player on the entire team based only on his race/ethnicity.

It's insulting because you are basically saying the only thing remarkable about Simmonds is that he's black. No one buys a #28 jersey and puts "The Guy from Hearst" on it.

It's also not really funny. To each his own I guess.

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05-02-2012, 08:21 AM
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Not racist.

But definitely really stupid and one of the worst jerseys ive seen. Its not funny, and its someone begging for attention. people who beg for attention tend to be complete losers. this guy is a great example of a complete loser.

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05-02-2012, 09:05 AM
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Wait simmonds is black?

Dumb Jersey is dumb

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05-02-2012, 09:19 AM
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last night on CBC, Bob Cole mistook Wellwood for Simmonds

how is that even possible?

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05-02-2012, 09:45 AM
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It is not racist, but distasteful.

This is a guy trolling for attention hard, one of the types that NEEDS to be the center of attention at a party.

I think it's pathetic, but it is not racism.

I don't understand why people feel the need to identify a persons colour, just for the sake of doing it. Sure Simmonds is the only black guy on the team, sure he is one of only a few within the league. But why is there a need to point it out, why is there a need to stretch for a laugh with a jersey like this?

While this isn't racism, its why racism exists. You can bet the guy who got that made jokes with friends and probably even the guy that did the jersey joking about the N-bomb, and would likely put it on the jersey if it was more acceptable in todays society.

Until society learns to disassociate from skin colour, even in ways like this jersey, there will always be a stigma that hangs over head. A poll for example, or questionaire. Why does it matter that I'm black or white or latino etc when submitting a ballot for a contest etc?

It doesnt but people want to know, and to me thats ****ed up.

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05-02-2012, 09:54 AM
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I'm gonna go ahead and say the only ones taking offense to the nameplate are overly PC-conscious white people, and that any black person who saw it would understand the humor and laugh or just simply not care at all. My, how far we've come as a society in terms of racial sensitivity.

Also, go Flyers. I hope "The Black Guy" scores a hat trick tonight.
I know at least 20 white people who meet your criteria haha, but I also know a ton of black people that would flip over this.

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05-02-2012, 10:55 AM
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Not necessarily racist.
But it tells me right off the bat the guy that's wearing it is an enormous D-dag.

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05-02-2012, 12:16 PM
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Racist? No.

Stupid? Yes.
^Says it all.




If you absolutely feel compelled to make a nod to the fact that he is black (which is not that crazy, since it's rare in hockey) you should simultaneously acknowledge that he is a kick ass player, race aside. Call him Night Train.

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05-02-2012, 12:32 PM
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This society makes me sick. You can't make a simple joke without any racist intentions but be labeled that anyway.

The fall of Rome. You are watching it folks.

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05-02-2012, 12:42 PM
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This society makes me sick. You can't make a simple joke without any racist intentions but be labeled that anyway.

The fall of Rome. You are watching it folks.
No one is labeling it as racist.

It's just not funny.

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