|06-09-2004, 10:03 PM||#31|
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Location: Northern Virginia, Woodbridge
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|06-09-2004, 10:56 PM||#32|
Join Date: Feb 2004
Since I'm quasi-Asian-American (my father is Asian-American and my mother is Euro-American), I feel that I can see both sides of the story. On the one hand, Parcells' remark was dumb and offensive. On the other hand, he qualified his remark by specifically saying that he did not mean to offend anyone and the remark itself was not terribly perjorative. I tend to think it was stupid, Parcells knows it, he rightly apologized, and this is not really a news-worthy story.
|06-10-2004, 07:47 AM||#33|
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Inwood, WV
Parcells did not come up with the term, "jap play". Most people who have played football have heard that term and know that it's a basic part of playcalling lingo. That's not to say whether it's right or wrong. Maybe it should be taken out. My point is that obviously, Parcells did not use the term to offend anybody, which he made blatently clear. Like one warpather said, the reporter from the Japanese-American football magazine wasn't at all offended. Now to indicate that I don't know what it's like to be stereotyped? You said that I refuse to look through anybody else's eyes but my own. Hey, I'm from West Virginia! You think I don't hear them all of the time? I live in Berkeley County, which is sandwiched between Maryland and Virgina. It's not far from Pennsylvania and only an hour and a half from D.C. Aren't you originally from Virginia? If so, you should know what I'm talking about. Let's see, West Virginians are poor, illiterate, inbred, missing teeth, chew tobacco, no indoor plumbing, we have sex with farm animals, run around barefoot, wives (or sisters, or a combination of the two) are always pregnant, on welfare, we're farmers...Oh, and if you don't live on a farm, you must live in a trailer park. I would be willing to bet that you have heard all of those, not to mention the terms, redneck, hick, hillbilly, etc. Half of my family lives close to D.C. and they crack on me all of the time. You know what? I take it all in stride and laugh about it. It's funny! Have you ever seen the movie, "Wrong Turn"? It is so stereotypical West Virginia and it just came out last year! Why do they get away with making something like that? Because we don't care! We know who we are, so it doesn't bother us. Personally, I feel that instead of getting your feathers ruffled, (not you personally), a lot of stereotype tensions can be cracked with humor, not with a thousand phone calls to the ACLU. A great example is Chris Rock. Listen to "Roll With the New". Everybody knows he's funny, but he's also a social genious! Bill Cosby has been attacked recently b/c of his views on his own race. Why is it that last season, Dusty Baker made a comment that white guys can't take the heat as well as blacks and hispanics and he only got a quarter of Sportscenter's worth of critism? But when Rush Limbaugh made his comments, he caught hell and got fired. I'm not saying that either was right or wrong, but treat each situation equally. Yes, I could go on a crusade about it, but I don't think that either was trying to attack a certain people or race.
Another thing that you're blowing out of proportion, is that the term, "Jap" was used to describe Japanese people. That would be pure ignorance to call any Asian a Jap. That just doesn't make sense. Alright, time for me step off of my milk crate. I could go on, but I think you have a better idea of what I mean. I believe that all races are equal, but picking at every comment that could be stretched is not the answer. Determine the meaning behind the words, not the words themselves.
|06-10-2004, 01:29 PM||#34|
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Inwood, WV
I do bleed burgundy and gold. The rhymes are great! I will apologize for one thing; for using this forum as a way to take a social stand. That's not its intent. This is a pure, beautiful website devoted to one of the greatest teams in the world and that's the way we should keep it. Although I defended the Tuna, I still want to kick his and the Cowboys asses this season! Hail to the Redskins!