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May 04, 2005

Cochell to have heart surgery

I finally found out what “horrendous” thing OU baseball coach Larry Cochell said. I mean he resigned in disgrace and all, it must have something really outrageous, right? It turns out he used the “N” word, but in a way most (reasonable) people would understand was not meant as a slur toward Blacks.

In the movie First Time Felon there's a scene where Calhoun (played by actor Delroy Lindo) takes Yance (played by actor Omar Epps) into a storage room and lectures him. I was so impressed by the scene I dubbed the audio. Now, I edited out several instances where Calhoun takes the Lord's name in vain, but left the rest the way it is. The terms Calhoun uses in this bit is exactly the way many people, Black and White feel. The “N” word doesn't refer to all Black people, but just those who, through their words and actions, shame all Black people.

I know there are experiences Black people have that we White people don't share and therefore make us unable to comprehend what life is like as a Black person. At the same time there are experiences White people have that Black people wouldn't share. The trepidation you have when meeting a Black person for the first time, that you know nothing about, because you don't know whether they're one of the normal ones, or one of those coldly-polite, white-hating types that'll twist what you say and accuse you of being racist. We don't say it, for obvious reasons, but we see the difference. The character Calhoun, in the bit above, summed it up perfectly, as only a Black person is allowed to do in our culture, but that doesn't mean most White people aren't painfully aware of the truth of it. And painful is what it is because we don't want to hate people. If we didn't care, it wouldn't matter, but we do. The vast majority of White people want to be able to know, be friends with, be neighbors of, Black people -- people of any race. But there's always the specter of that certain type of Black people that make it harder.

What Larry Cochell said, twice, to two different White reporters, when referring to a Black player was, “There ain't no n***** in him.” What he  meant was, the player's a decent human being. It was a compliment. One any single Black person could have gotten away with. Unless the reporters were morons (which apparently they were) they would have understood what Cochell meant. But, no, their politically correctness overrode any simple human understanding and Cochell was forced to resign, in spite of the support of the same Black players he is accused of slurring.

Now, ESPN reports that Cochell is scheduled to go under heart surgery.

We at least know he has one, which is more than we can say for the reporters who finked on him, and the school administrators who tossed him rather than face the mindless, political correctness of Liberal idiocy.

Coverage: Outside the Beltway

Posted by Danny Carlton at May 4, 2005 10:31 AM

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