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A couple of Confessors commenting in the last post remarked on a Corby reference -- possibly a stitched together drop, I did not hear it -- to "n-lover." And of course we frequently hear Danny's "a pretty good n" drop (he's actually saying "a pretty good in," the original reference being to someone's good inside connection with something or other, but the drop is played as though he's saying "n").
From time to time commenters have suggested that The Hardline is racist. I do not believe that any of the Hardline guys is racist in the slightest. I myself do not find the racial banter or references offensive, but if you do I'm not going to try to talk you out of it or accuse you of oversensitivity.
So I'm OK with the occasional risky reference.
|"A truckful of Mexicans" -- Mike Rhyner|
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races, without discrimination)
Here's my concern:
There have been times when I've wondered whether a motivated interest group could create gigantic headaches for the CTO and The Hard Ones by doing to them what was done to Mike Bacsik. The kindling is there. I truly do not think The Hardline is racist, but the edge-skirting stuff, when you add it up, could be fodder for some "community organizer" to make a name for himself calling for a Ticket advertiser boycott. Those drops would be assembled and played by the local news channels. And possibly by The Ticket's competitors.
And that would be trouble for our lads that they couldn't laugh their way out of, no matter how unreasonable or crazy the accusations.
I'm not suggesting The Hardline should change a thing because I personally don't find these references blameworthy. But we live in fractious times, and there are those out there who would love to see The Ticket brought low.
Please keep comments respectful and moderate in tone. Thanks in advance.