On Saturday, President Obama interrupted his busy schedule of playing pool, drinking beer and jumping lines at BBQ joints to play golf at an exclusive private country club in Maryland with ESPN host Michael Wilbon. Not like he has anything else to do, right?
There's nothing unusual about the president hitting the golf course - he's done it at least a record-setting 177 times over his term. But it's with whom he's golfing that's interesting. As IJReview's current Editor-at-Large Larry O'Connor reported for Breitbart in November 2013, Wilbon made the eyebrow-raising comment:
“People can be upset with me if they want, I, like a whole lot of people, use the N-word all day, every day, my whole life.”
Wilbon was explaining his thoughts on ESPN's “Pardon the Interruption” about this comment by LA Clippers player Matt Barnes, who is also black:
“I love my teammates like family, but I’m DONE standing up for these N——-s! All this s—t does is cost me money.”
While Michael Wilbon, Matt Barnes and every other black in America apparently have the right to use the N-word whenever and wherever, without repercussion, the question is this: Should the President of the United States hang out with those who not only use it freely, but champion its usage?
Should there be speech boundaries for one part of the population, but not for others? Or is this kind of language inherently inflammatory, and thus leads to a more divided country? Whatever the answer, it appears that the “post-racial president” narrative sold to the public was nothing more than a myth - as has been shown on numerous occasions.
Update: Wilbon explained his point-of-view in this video from November 2013:
Charles Barkley addressed the issue at hand in a thought-provoking way: