Phil Mushnick must have known that his published-for-the-public bashing of living rap legend and business mogul Jay-Z would receive a ton of negative reactions from the public and media alike, however Mr. Mushnick simply does not care.
On Friday (May 4th) Mr. Mushnick slayed Jay-Z because of his influence over the new Brooklyn Nets' team logo, and Jay-Z's overall influence over the team in general. Mr. Mushnick really had some nerve when he published this column, regardless if he had racist intentions for his words or not:
"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!"
He has since defended his choice of harsh words against Jay-Z. Mr. Mushnick feels as though what he said about Jay-Z is not racist because of the fact that Jay-Z gets away with using the "N word" in his music all the time and no one bats an eye.
"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 b*tches and wh*res; 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*ggers?" 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?)"
What do you think about Mr. Mushnick's justification for his racially controversial column?