Inverted Priorities

August 4, 2012

Here’s the fourth graf of a NY Times article, written by Juliet Macur, about the Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Gabby Douglas:

Douglas, a 4-foot-11, 94-pound package of rocket-fueled energy, on Thursday became the first black gymnast to win the individual all-around Olympic gold medal. She also became the first American to win both the all-around and team events at the same Olympics, and only the fourth American woman to win the all-around title.

What an insane–and racist–calculation. In the hands of a less race-obsessed publication and writer, the paragraph would appear this way:

Douglas, a 4-foot-11, 94-pound package of rocket-fueled energy, on Thursday became the first American to win both the all-around and team events at the same Olympics, and only the fourth American woman to win the all-around title.  (She also became the first black gymnast to win the individual all-around gold medal.)

Did no editor at the Times stop to consider the inversion of importance?  Keep it in mind the next time the august New York Times calls someone a racist.

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LukeHandCool August 5, 2012 at 8:30 am

Yeah, well, reasoning doesn’t make you any less of a racist, does it?

A little Clockwork Orange-type aversion therapy might be in order … we hear you watched the infamous monkey commercial with nary a single sick and twisted association with that little girl running through your mind.

How could you be so thoughtless?

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