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I think the problem with Rush Limbaugh is that he doesn't follow racial etiquette while discussing matters of race. This etiquette requires that when discussing any topic that deals with race, a white person must defer to the perception by blacks. Before speaking, the white person must ask whether his statement will be perceived as racist or insensitive by the likes of Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton or the liberal white media. If so, the white person must not say it, even if he believes the statement to be true and is not motivated by racial animosity. If after reflection, a white person should state something that seems innocuous, he must immediately apologize if it is perceived as racist by the above. If he doesn't make the apology, he is branded a racist.

I think most reporters in the liberal media, including yourself, subscribe to this belief. In fact, most live in fear of being labeled racist. One way to deflect such a charge is to point out "racist" comments made by Rush Limbaugh and other conservatives. Remember, here the definition of racism is whether black liberals and the liberal media perceive it as racist, not whether it is intrinsically so.

Rush Limbaugh doesn't follow this etiquette, says what he thinks without self-censorship, and draws the ire of the liberal media.

I had not heard his comment about the NFL resembling the Crips and the Bloods, but I think it perceptive and funny. But that probably makes me a racist in Zirin's eyes.

Terry Walbert

Baltimore, MD

Oct 12 2009 - 8:58am

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Would Mr. Zirin be as agitated if Sean Penn, Michael Moore or Bill Maher wanted to buy into an NFL franchise?

Charles Jackson

Atlanta, GA

Oct 12 2009 - 1:59am

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